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Traffic is seen through heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8th, 2017. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Indian capital of New Delhi declared a pollution emergency and banned the entry of trucks and construction activity as a toxic smog hung over the (...)

 An Indian man rides a tricycle on a smog covered morning on the outskirts of New Delhi Monday. Photograph: Singh Prakash/AFP/Getty Images

Pollution in the Indian capital hit a dangerous level on Tuesday, putting residents at risk, forcing the closure of schools, and bringing calls from d(...)

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(...)

Indian spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in October 2016. A judge on Monday sentenced him to 10 years in prison on charges of raping two female followers.  Photograph: Tsering Topgyal/AP

A judge sentenced a self-styled “god man’ in north India to 20 years in jail on Monday for raping two young girls in 2002. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, a(...)

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(...)

Members of families of Hindu refugees from West Pakistan  outside their concrete shanty homes in Surej Chak, on the outskirts of Jammu, in March 2015. Photograph:  Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images

The scrubby lowlands of Jammu are stuck between the Himalayas and the dusty plains of Punjab, and home to 19,000 families stuck in time. West Pakistan(...)

Pakistan’s prime minister designate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: “Within four days, the process of democracy is back on track.”   Photograph: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday elected former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, an ally of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, to replace him and the n(...)

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been ousted. File photograph:  Miles Willis/Getty

Pakistan’s supreme court disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif from office on Friday over undeclared assets, plunging the nuclear-armed South Asia(...)

A village council allegedly ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Rajapur village near Multan, Pakistan. Photograph: K Chaudhry/Reuters

Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother(...)

Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday. Photograph: /Omar Sobhani/Reuters

A Taliban suicide bomber has killed 24 people in an area of Kabul where prominent politicians live, causing residents and analysts to question the gov(...)

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