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Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau with  his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau,  daughter Ella-Grace  and son Xavier at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The enduring issue of radical Sikhs in Canada demanding a separate homeland for their community in India’s Punjab state continued to overshadow prime (...)

A group  led by local councillor Donal Grady arrive to protest at a reception centre for asylum seekers in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

A county councillor was among a group of about 30 people who protested at the weekend outside a reception centre for asylum seekers in Co Kerry. The(...)

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(...)

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