Indian Trinamool Party workers protest against the Communist Party near a polling station during the ninth and final phase of the parliamentary elections in Calcutta today. Photograph: EPA/Piyal Adhikary

India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by the controversial Narendra Modi (63), is poised to form the country’s next government, (...)

Polling officials demonstrate to residents how to use an electronic voting machine in Kolkata yesterday.  Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

The showdown between the ruling Congress Party and its principal challenger, the opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has become(...)

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), takes a “selfie” after casting his vote at a polling station in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. Photograph: Reuters

India’s Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi looked triumphant after voting yesterday in the world’s largest election, but the man tipped to be the next pr(...)

BJP leader Narendra Modi delivers a speech during an election rally yesterday in Palampur in northern India. Photograph: EPA/Sanjay Baid

As India’s marathon election heads into its final stretch, with voting in 89 seats being held today, the political jousting is becoming shrille(...)

A young man has stabbed at least 25 women this month in a small Pakistani town, police said, and many women and girls are afraid to leave their homes.(...)

At least 78 people, including 34 women and seven children, were killed today in a twin suicide bomb attack on a church in Pakistan, Interior Minister (...)

Police have arrested a cook accused of poisoning to death 22 people in central Pakistan in a political feud between two branches of the same family. P(...)

Apsley director Arshad Mahmood with the suit featuring 22-carat gold stitching, a gold waistcoat and diamond-encrusted gold buttons

Wearing this tin of fruit in an Irish boardroom during these straitened times may constitute a hanging offence, but executives out there looking for t(...)

Supporters of Nawaz Sharif carry portraits of the Pakistani prime minister in Lahore yesterday as they celebrate his election victory. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Nawaz Sharif has been here twice before, and the last time it did not end well for him or for Pakistan. Many of those celebrating the we(...)

People celebrate in the streets of Lahore, Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, declared that his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, would emerge as winner of the election. Photograph:     Tyler Hicks/The New York Times.

Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed and exiled, Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and today was heading for a third term as Pakis(...)