A Rabari man on the outskirts of the ‘Little Rann of Kutch’

The animals are returning on a biblical scale, flooding into this green expanse, like grains of sand rushing into an hourglass. Water buffalo, camel c(...)

Firefighters and rescue workers remove the body of a victim from debris at the site of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, on Thursday. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade/Reuters

At least 21 people are dead and more than a dozen others trapped after monsoon downpours caused a building to collapse in Mumbai. The four-storey re(...)

Commuters walk through water-logged roads after rains in Mumbai on Tuesday. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade/Reuters

Two toddlers were among 14 people killed in Mumbai after floods caused by heavy monsoon rains destroyed homes and disrupted traffic in India’s financi(...)

Beijing confirmed that Indian personnel had left the disputed territory claimed by both China and the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

India has withdrawn its troops from disputed territory claimed by its neighbour and strategic rival China, ending a two-month Himalayan border standof(...)

An Afghan man inspects the site of a suicide attack followed by a clash between Afghan forces and insurgents after an attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, last Friday. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/ Reuters
The US extends its longest war

‘Never invade Afghanistan. ” Harold Macmillan regarded this as the first rule of politics, and President Donald Trump has now discovered just how intr(...)

 Roddy Doyle: “It’s actually very easy to live privately here, particularly as you get older.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Roddy Doyle is nearly 60. It seems hardly credible. The “bald man with glasses”, as he describes himself, seems timeless, forever of Commitments age. (...)

Indian schoolchildren in classroom. You can or combine a holiday with a taking part in a volunteer programme in dozens for interesting places around the world.
Travel Advice

Sometimes it is nice to take a holiday that involves doing things for other people. VSI.ie is a peace movement founded in 1965 in Ireland and has been(...)

Limerick-to-Dublin rail commuter John Maguire, from Monaleen, Limerick,  in Limerick Junction, where he catches the 6.45am train to Dublin. Photograph Liam Burke Press 22

It is 5.45am on Tuesday and still dark out. There are just four people sitting in the waiting area of Colbert Station in Limerick ahead of the departu(...)

A follower of Indian religious leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh pleads for his safety after being hit with a stick during clashes between the controversial guru’s followers and security forces in Panchkula on Friday. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images

At least 30 devotees of a self-styled Indian “God Man” died and more than 200 were injured in rioting and clashes with police across northern India on(...)

Cala Medical founders, from left: Todd Kagawa, Brian Noonan and Jakki Cooney

Sepsis is a serious bloodstream infection. It kills more people than breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer combined. It affects around 26 mil(...)