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Indian prime minister Narendra Modi after the election results in New Delhi on Thursday. Photograph:  Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Narendra Modi is set to become India’s prime minister for a second successive five-year term, after his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)(...)

Passengers ride the train from Joginder Nagar, India. The 160km journey from the  city of Pathankot, in the state of Punjab, to Joginder Nagar, takes 10 hours. Photograph: Rebecca Conway/The New York Times

Across the Kangra Valley, in the hills below the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, the promise of a modern railway reverberated like the beginning o(...)

Stranded passengers rest inside a railway station after trains between Kolkata and Odisha were cancelled ahead of Cyclone Fani, in Kolkata, India. Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, made landfall near Puri, India, on Friday morning, lashing the(...)

 Local policemen petrol near coastal line at Konark in Puri district on the eve of cyclone Fani’s landfall in Odisha coast, India. Photograph: EPA/STR

India has accelerated efforts to evacuate more than a million people along its northeast coastline as a cyclone intensifies ahead of landfall on Frida(...)

Ronan Scully with baby Yeabsira in Awaza in Ethiopia. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Ronan Scully is the business development representative for Gorta Self Help Africa. He is married to Jacqui O’Grady, and has two daughters – Mia (11) (...)

The falling price of air fares and growing incomes in India have led to a huge increase in domestic flights. File Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A passenger has been taken off an Indian domestic flight after trying to enter the cockpit to charge his phone. The man, who some Indian media report(...)

After plying the sprawling wetlands of the River Ganges and its many tributaries, fishermen return to Kolkata, India. Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/New York Times

I wanted to glimpse the future in the city where I was born. So, this summer I returned to India for a firsthand look at the way climate change is aff(...)

A cartoon about Irish neutrality, published in the ‘Evening Standard’ in November 1940. Illustration: David Low

The British government “double-crossed” Ireland during the second World War when it reneged on a promise that Ireland would be able to import the same(...)

A Sri Lankan Muslim from among the Moor community standing at his business establishment in Pallekelle, Kandy, on Wednesday, after it  had been attacked and looted. Photograph: MA Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Sri Lanka barred social messaging networks including Facebook on Wednesday to stem violence against minority Muslims after mob attacks continued despi(...)

Sr Orla Treacy,  principal of Loreto Rumbek  primary and secondary school and primary healthcare centre in Rumbek,  South Sudan. “We have been threatened at gunpoint, we have been insulted, all number of problems.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In February 2006, Sr Orla Treacy stepped off a plane in Sudan ready to set up a girls’ boarding school in a remote region in the south of the country.(...)

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