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With the shadow of extremism reaching beyond the borders of Pakistan and India, analysts say the stakes -- as the nuclear-armed rivals try to hang on to an uneasy peace -- are higher than ever in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.

But, with world leaders urging restraint on both sides, fearing a return to the conflict and stand-offs that have defined 60 years of India-Pakistan relations, things are not off to a stellar start.

And if already heated diplomatic exchanges escalate further, analysts say tensions could have dire consequences -- affecting Afghanistan to the north and embroiling the West in new chaos as militancy flourishes. Read full article »

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