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Kabul TV station defiantly resumes broadcasting moments after Isis attack ends

Kabul TV station defiantly resumes broadcasting moments after Isis attack ends

One person was killed and two dozen wounded when gunmen stormed Shamshad TV in an attack claimed by Islamic StateA defiant Kabul TV station went back on the air moments after the end of an attack by
Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

Levels of airborne pollutants are off the scale in parts of India’s capital with effects likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a dayA public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi as air
Delhi smog declared public health emergency – video

Delhi smog declared public health emergency – video

A public health emergency has been declared in Delhi as a choking blanket of smog descended on one of the world’s most polluted capital cities.The declaration from the Indian Medical Association came
Photo of elephant and calf fleeing fire-throwing mob wins top prize

Photo of elephant and calf fleeing fire-throwing mob wins top prize

Photograph taken in eastern India, titled ‘Hell is here’, shows crowd hurling flaming tar balls at animalsAn arresting image showing an adult elephant and its calf fleeing a mob attack has won a top
'I want the world to know': Tamil men accuse Sri Lanka of rape and torture

'I want the world to know': Tamil men accuse Sri Lanka of rape and torture

Expert condemns ‘egregious and perverted’ sexual abuse after dozens of men claim they were seized, blindfolded and assaulted by security servicesTamil men seeking asylum in Europe claim they were
Indian women still unprotected five years after gang-rape that rocked nation

Indian women still unprotected five years after gang-rape that rocked nation

Report finds willingness to report sexual offences has grown but women often harassed by police or bullied into silenceComplaining to police about her gang-rape was the beginning of a new nightmare
‘It will help future generations’: Muslim schools in north India set to modernise

‘It will help future generations’: Muslim schools in north India set to modernise

English, maths and science to be taught alongside traditional Islamic theology in Uttar Pradesh as state government seeks to improve students’ job prospectsMuslim faith schools in Uttar Pradesh will
UN says at least 10 civilians died in Afghanistan airstrike, contradicting US

UN says at least 10 civilians died in Afghanistan airstrike, contradicting US

Pentagon insists no civilians died in bombing of Kunduz on SaturdayUN mission: ‘Credible reports that at least 10 civilians’ killed in airstrikeThe United Nations mission in Afghanistan said at least
Nuclear accident sends 'harmless' radioactive cloud over Europe

Nuclear accident sends 'harmless' radioactive cloud over Europe

French institute says pollution suggests release of nuclear material in Russia or Kazakhstan in SeptemberA cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe in recent weeks indicates that an accident
'Half my lung cancer patients are non-smokers': toxic air crisis chokes Delhi

'Half my lung cancer patients are non-smokers': toxic air crisis chokes Delhi

Pollution not just affecting peoples’ health but also India’s political leadership, with Modi appearing reluctant to head responseAs the air quality fell, first to severe, then to emergency levels
Hyderabad police round up homeless people before Ivanka Trump visit

Hyderabad police round up homeless people before Ivanka Trump visit

Indian city introduces ban on begging in run-up to business summit featuring daughter of US president Donald TrumpPolice in Hyderabad have banned begging and started rounding up homeless people before
Rohingya children close to starvation amid 'health crisis on an unimaginable scale'

Rohingya children close to starvation amid 'health crisis on an unimaginable scale'

‘Rampant malnutrition’ reported following Rohingya exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh as agencies warn shocking new figures may be tip of the icebergOpen letter: The Rohingya are facing genocide. We
Bob Geldof hands back Freedom of Dublin in Aung San Suu Kyi protest

Bob Geldof hands back Freedom of Dublin in Aung San Suu Kyi protest

Campaigner renounces honour rather than share it with Myanmar leader in protest over treatment of Rohingya MuslimsBob Geldof called Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, “a handmaiden to genocide” on
Akshay Kumar: Toilet isn't a dirty word – my latest film made me love the loo | Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar: Toilet isn't a dirty word – my latest film made me love the loo | Akshay Kumar

The Bollywood star hopes that the story of Anita Narre, who shocked India by leaving her new husband because his home had no toilet, can inspire the country to tackle a sanitation crisis that blights
New Delhi gay parade – in pictures

New Delhi gay parade – in pictures

Hundreds of members of the LGBT community marched through the Indian capital for the annual Delhi Queer Pride Parade. This Pride represents a milestone 10 years of collective struggle against all
Myanmar military exonerates itself in report on atrocities against Rohingya

Myanmar military exonerates itself in report on atrocities against Rohingya

Army clears itself of all accusations of killing villagers, rape and crimes against humanityMyanmar’s army has released a report denying all allegations of rape and killings by security forces, having
India supreme court 'in crisis' over retired judge corruption case

India supreme court 'in crisis' over retired judge corruption case

Critics accuse chief justice Dipak Misra of insisting only judges of his choice can hear case of ex-judge accused of conspiring to bribe colleaguesSenior lawyers in India say the country’s supreme
Delhi's smog-fighting helicopters can't fly – because of smog

Delhi's smog-fighting helicopters can't fly – because of smog

City administrators told they would be unable to help dissipate the smog until the smog itself clearedAn ambitious plan to use helicopters to fight Delhi’s air pollution has been grounded because the
'When they began slaughtering us we ran for our lives': Rohingya trapped inside Myanmar | Alex Crawford

'When they began slaughtering us we ran for our lives': Rohingya trapped inside Myanmar | Alex Crawford

Alex Crawford of Sky News reports from Rakhine state on the fleeing Rohingya Muslims unable to get to Bangladesh and stranded on Dang Khali Saur beach, desperate for food and waterIt’s the sound of
Sportswear maker Puma accused of defacing 17th century Indian buildings

Sportswear maker Puma accused of defacing 17th century Indian buildings

Historians outraged after heritage sites in Delhi’s old quarter were spray-painted as part of a shoe commercialPuma has been accused of irreversibly damaging 17th-century architecture in Delhi’s old