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Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

A scion of the Kapoor film-making dynasty, the celebrated actor appeared in a string of Indian features and Merchant Ivory films Veteran Indian film industry stalwart Shashi Kapoor has died at the age
The west can’t fix the climate crisis. Asia will have to do it | Chandran Nair

The west can’t fix the climate crisis. Asia will have to do it | Chandran Nair

The future is about resources, not technology. The planet really needs developing nations to get it rightThe climate change talks in Bonn have now wrapped up with little firm action. Next year they
Sri Lankan bowler vomits in Delhi cricket match due to polluted air

Sri Lankan bowler vomits in Delhi cricket match due to polluted air

Bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage are forced to take a break as harmful pollutants reach 12 times WHO safe limit A Sri Lankan player vomited on the field and was escorted off the ground as
'No longer at the mercy of the madams': India's bank for sex workers | Amrit Dhillon

'No longer at the mercy of the madams': India's bank for sex workers | Amrit Dhillon

Across West Bengal, a bank run by and for sex workers ensures they keep their earnings safe and avoid the loan sharks – and means they can get an official IDAs a sex worker in Kolkata, Rita Roy had no
India expands payment scheme for Hindus to marry person of Dalit caste

India expands payment scheme for Hindus to marry person of Dalit caste

Government is to scrap income ceiling for cash incentive but critics say slow uptake is due to millennia-old prejudice not economicsIndia’s government has expanded a scheme offering payment incentives
First of Chennai Six arrives back in UK from India

First of Chennai Six arrives back in UK from India

Billy Irving was one of six former soldiers jailed for weapons offences while working as guards on ship in Indian OceanThe first of the former British soldiers known as the Chennai Six has arrived
'It was unbelievable horror': the Rohingya crisis – podcast

'It was unbelievable horror': the Rohingya crisis – podcast

With nearly a million Rohingya driven out of Myanmar in what the UN has called textbook ‘ethnic cleansing’, Lucy Lamble hears about the situation on the ground in Bangladesh – and how the
Laiza in the spotlight: Myanmar's rebel capital digs in – and switches on

Laiza in the spotlight: Myanmar's rebel capital digs in – and switches on

Trapped between the Burmese army and the Chinese border, the stronghold of the Christian Kachin people is quietly gearing up for its first film festivalLaiza is a city under siege – sort of. On one
Women in sub-Saharan Africa forced into sex to pay hospital bills, study says

Women in sub-Saharan Africa forced into sex to pay hospital bills, study says

Patients too poor to settle medical debts are chained to drainpipes, starved and abused in health centres across parts of Africa and Asia, report revealsHospitals are detaining hundreds of thousands
Chennai Six's Billy Irving: 'I can never forgive UK government'

Chennai Six's Billy Irving: 'I can never forgive UK government'

Former soldier ‘disgusted and betrayed’ by FCO as his fiancee accuses Boris Johnson of hypocrisy following release of menA former British soldier who spent four years in an Indian prison has said he
Indian schoolgirl drowns after Pacific School Games in Adelaide

Indian schoolgirl drowns after Pacific School Games in Adelaide

Lifesavers were able to rescue four other girls from ‘treacherous spot’ that’s claimed other livesAn Indian schoolgirl who was in Adelaide to play football at the Pacific School Games has drowned off
Rahul Gandhi elected leader of India's Congress party

Rahul Gandhi elected leader of India's Congress party

Past few months have seen scion of Nehru-Gandhi family working on presenting himself as serious challenger to PM ModiPower has passed to a fourth generation of India’s most influential political
Manhattan bomb: officials will focus on recent activity and overseas links

Manhattan bomb: officials will focus on recent activity and overseas links

Investigators will be tracking suspect’s recent experiences in the US but will also be digging into his formative years abroadEarly reports say Akayed Ullah, the suspect in Monday’s attack in New
The traders cashing in on Rohingya misery: 'It's the best profit of my life' | William Worley

The traders cashing in on Rohingya misery: 'It's the best profit of my life' | William Worley

Entrepreneurial Bangladeshis in Cox’s Bazar are making more money than ever before thanks to the influx of desperate refugees from MyanmarNurul Afsar is one of the many entrepreneurial Bangladeshis
New York attack: police in Bangladesh quiz Akayed Ullah's relatives

New York attack: police in Bangladesh quiz Akayed Ullah's relatives

Man suspected of detonating pipe bomb on Monday was born on island of Sandwip, near ChittagongPolice in Bangladesh are interrogating relatives including the wife of the man who allegedly detonated a
India bans condom adverts during primetime TV

India bans condom adverts during primetime TV

Move is aimed at protecting children but campaigner warns it could undo decades of progress on sexual healthIndia has banned television adverts for condoms during primetime hours, citing rules against
Amaravati Buddhist art to finally be seen in full glory at British Museum

Amaravati Buddhist art to finally be seen in full glory at British Museum

After a two-year declutter and revamp, the Sir Joseph Hotung gallery will allow visitors to view Asian antiquities up closeFor decades, the Amaravati sculptures, a stupendous collection of early
Abu Dhabi: the city where citizenship is not an option

Abu Dhabi: the city where citizenship is not an option

Four-fifths of the UAE’s population are classed as ‘foreigners’. So how do you find belonging in a city that will never permanently be home?Abu Dhabi Indian School, founded in 1975, not long after the
Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar

Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar

News agency says arrests are attack on press freedom and US embassy says it is deeply concernedThe news agency Reuters has said it is “outraged” by the arrest of two of its journalists in Myanmar and
'Dark forces will be unleashed': the fire temple v the Mumbai metro

'Dark forces will be unleashed': the fire temple v the Mumbai metro

The Indian city desperately needs its new metro, but Zoroastrian priests are warning of a ‘backlash from nature’ – and they’re not the only detractorsIn early October, a petition was sent to the