Indian Muslim women visiting the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi on Tuesday, as the supreme court banned   a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

India’s supreme court has struck down a Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives as unconstitutional. The bench, comprising f(...)

US president Donald Trump has committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Nato allies on Tuesday welcomed US president Donald Trump’s decision to commit more forces to Afghanistan, as part of a new US strategy he said would (...)

In his speech on the eve of India’s independence 70 years ago this month, Jawaharlal Nehru, the country’s first leader, was careful to temper the triu(...)

A closed McDonald’s outlet in Janpath, New Delhi. All McDonald’s branches in north and east India are to be closed in early September 2017. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

McDonald’s Corp’s battle with one of its two franchisees in India escalated after the American company moved to terminate an agreement involving more (...)

The village chief: Jahiruddin Mewati, the chief of Peepli Khera, India, where Geeta was beaten to death by her husband. Photograph: Andrea Bruce/New York Times

On my last week in India, I went to say goodbye to Jahiruddin Mewati, the chief of a small village where I had made a dozen or so reporting trips. Ja(...)

Gerry Cross of the Central Bank of Ireland with Alan Dukes at a roundtable  discussion on Brexit earlier this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish interest in doing business in Asia is growing, according to a leading organisation focused on developing links between the region and this count(...)

Al Gore attends the UK premiere of  ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ at  Somerset House in London earlier this month.  Photograph:  Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Just over 10 years ago, An Inconvenient Truth, featuring former US vice-president Al Gore, opened in cinemas. Jollied along by Gore’s now well-travell(...)

Expectations are growing that the Bank of England will hold off on raising interest rates due to Brexit-related risks. Photograph: AFP

Employers’ group Ibec has warned of imminent business closures in the wake of another significant slide in the value of sterling. The Brexit-related (...)

England’s Alastair Cook: missed a shot at becoming England’s sixth Test triple-centurion. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Alastair Cook’s chanceless Edgbaston vigil ended at last on 243 but still maintained England’s dominant position on a rain-shortened second day of the(...)

The two-night ‘Ashford Castle Fairytale experience’ includes private chauffeur, afternoon tea, falconry and lots, lots more - if your pockets are deep enough to afford the €4,350 to €6,350 price tag

A “fairytale” experience at Ashford Castle has been listed as one of the 25 best travel experiences in the world. The listing was compiled by US trav(...)