India’s prime minister  Narendra Modi plans to clothe  African leaders in traditional Indian attire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Indian foreign office has embarked upon an esoteric sartorial mission: to collate the physical measurements of all 54 African heads of state and(...)

Iranian women chant slogans at an anti-Saudi protest rally: they were among thousands of worshippers have marched in Tehran after Friday prayers to denounce the “incompetency” of Saudi Arabia’s handling the hajj. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

The human crush that killed more than 700 pilgrims near Mecca echoed across the Muslim world on Friday as countries from Africa, Asia and Europe claim(...)

Indian artist Raj Saini puts the finishing touches to a painting  of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Photograph: Sanjeev Gupta/EPA

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi arrives in Dublin on Wednesday for the first visit to Ireland by an Indian leader in more than half a century. Mo(...)

Indian soldiers march at the India Gate war memorial during a ceremony to commemorate 50th anniversary of a war between India and Pakistan, in New Delhi, India. Photograph:  Reuters

Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the t(...)

Police and members of the rescue operation stand at the site of a train derailment near Harda, Madhya Pradesh. Photograph: Reuters 1:29

At least 27 people died when two trains derailed within minutes of each other in India’s central Madhya Pradesh province, after flash floods struck a(...)

Nepalese police stop Hindu activists as they try to enter a restricted area near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Wednesday. Photograph: Niranjan Shrestha/AP

Hindu activists protested in the Nepali capital on Wednesday, saying the use of the word “secular” in the Himalayan nation’s draft constitution would (...)

Commuters stand at an open doorway of a suburban train during the morning rush hour in  India. Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s government is planning to “employ” thousands of begging minstrels who work the country’s vast rail network to (...)

A man carries a newborn baby as he walks  with his family after police said they were evacuated from a hospital near the site of a gunfight in Dinanagar town in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, India, on Monday. Photograph: Munish Sharma/Reuters

At least 10 people, including three armed militants, died in a 12-hour firefight with Indian security forces in northern Punjab province yesterday. Po(...)

Indian devotees gather after a stampede at a religious festival in Godavari in the Rajahmundry district. The toll from a stampede on Tuesday has  risen to 27. Photograph: Getty

At least 27 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival in southern India. It happen(...)

Former president Mary Robinson said ‘we have exploited our earth’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times

Many people living along the coast of cities could find their homes under water with even a moderate sea-level change, former president Mary Robins(...)