Newly appointed lieutenant-governor of the union territory of Jammu and Kashmi Girish Chandra Murmu  takes oath of office. Photograph: Handout/Information Department/AFP

Offices and shops were closed and streets deserted on Thursday in India’s northern disputed Kashmir region, as it formally split into two federally ad(...)

India’s federal government has tightened security measures in the northern disputed Jammu and Kashmir region, ahead of the country’s Independence Day (...)

Kashmiri women in Srinagar shout pro-freedom slogans before Eid prayers after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui

Indian security forces reinforced their lockdown on Srinagar, the summer capital of the northern disputed Jammu and Kashmir region, during the Muslim (...)

Leh, the capital of  Ladakh: locals expect their new status will help them  emerge from the “dominating shadow” of Kashmir. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton

India’s predominantly Buddhist enclave of Ladakh has welcomed the federal government’s decision to separate it from the disputed and insurgency-ridden(...)

Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol during curfew in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir on Wednesday. Photograph: Farooq Khan/EPA

Pakistan said on Wednesday it would expel India’s ambassador and suspend bilateral trade with its arch-rival after New Delhi stripped its portion of t(...)

 Protesters in Srinagar, India, in the state of Kashmir, pictured in February 2018. Photograph: Atul Loke/New York Times

It was 9.30pm when Sameer Tiger came to the door, a rifle slung over his shoulder. Most of the village of Qasbayar, a tucked-away hamlet surrounded by(...)

Lawyers take part in  a protest in Srinigar, Kashmir, on Monday  calling for justice in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl  in Jammu and Kashmir state in January. Photograph: Farooq Khan/EPA

Eight men accused of involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state appeared in court on Monda(...)

Israeli security forces spray foul-smelling Skunk towards Palestinian stone throwers. Photograph: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images

India’s paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has rejected an Israeli “stink bomb”, used for the purposes of crowd control, on the grounds (...)

Kashmiri Muslims shout pro-freedom slogans during the funeral of four civilians at Aaripanthan village on Tuesday. The four were killed after Indian police and paramilitary forces opened fire on protesters early in the morning, locals said. Photograph: Farooq Khan/EPA

in New Delhi Indian security forces shot dead five people and injured 20 Tuesday in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir state, during continuing protests o(...)

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(...)

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