LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) activists react after Tuesday’s hearing at the supreme court in New Delhi. Although the law banning homosexuality is rarely enforced in India, it is used to intimidate, harass, blackmail and extort money from lesbian, gay, bisexual people, activists say.  Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

India’s top court on Tuesday said it will review a decision over whether to uphold a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex in a victory for homos(...)

Indian activists carry placards denouncing  the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Maulana Masood Azhar, during a protest against an  attack on an  Indian air force base, in Mumbai,  January 4th, 2016. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan has arrested the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group on suspicion his outfit masterminded an attack earlier this month on an air base(...)

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh stand before a casket containing the body of chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, at Palam Airport in New Delhi, on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/Indian Press Information Bureau

India’s northern Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir province is poised to get its first woman chief minister, following the death of the incumbent Muft(...)

People hold candles to portraits of Indian security personnel who lost their lives in the militant attack at Pathankot airbase at the weekend. Photograph: Sanjeev Gupta/EPA

India is evaluating whether to have peace talks with nuclear rival Pakistan, scheduled for mid-January, in light of the attack on one of its air-force(...)

People look at damaged  houses after an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 hit  Imphal, India. Photograph: Reuters.

A powerful earthquake struck South Asia before dawn on Monday, killing at least nine people and injuring about 200. Efforts to rescue those trapped in(...)

Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan: All members of the consulate staff were safe, according to a tweet from Indian ambassador Amar Sinha

Gunfire and explosions rocked the Indian consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Sunday night as security forces battled gunmen who(...)

Seven Indian security personnel were  killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on  Pathankot airforce base, which began early yesterday. Four militants were also killed. Photograph: Nunarinder Nanu/AFP/Getty

Indian security forces were engaged in a firefight this evening with armed gunmen at an airforce base in northern Punjab state, adjoining the Pakista(...)

Punjab police personnel man a checkpoint in wake of a security alert following militant attacks at the base Pathankot air force base on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

At least two gunmen and a guard were killed in an attack on an Indian Air Force base on Saturday near the border with Pakistan, officials said, in an(...)

Police detain demonstrators during a protest against the release of a juvenile rape convict, in New Delhi. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Several thousand protestors took to the streets of India’s capital New Delhi yesterday, to oppose the release of a male juvenile convicted for fatall(...)

 Barack Obama makes a statement on the climate agreement in the  White House after its adoption  at the World Climate Change Conference  (COP21). Photograph: Dennis Brack / EPA

World leaders have hailed the 11th-hour climate deal reached in Paris on Saturday, claiming it provides the “best chance we have” of saving the planet(...)