India’s new president, Ram Nath Kovind, inspecting a guard of honour during a ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi on Tuesday.  Photograph: Prakash Singh/Getty Images/AFP

India’s 14th president was sworn into office in an elaborate ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday. Ram Nath Kovind (72), who was administered the oath of(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Victory Day Parade in the Red Square in Moscow. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Vladimir Putin has used an address commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany to accuse the US of attempting to dominate the worl(...)

Very important person: India’s former prime minister Manmohan Singh Photograph: Raveeendran/AFP/Getty Images

Two leading Indian television news channels, supported by social and print media, have launched a campaign against the country’s oppressive “VIP cultu(...)

Indian scientists and engineers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) monitor the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) at the tracking centre in Bangalore. Photograph: Jagadeesh NV/EPA.

A $74 million (€57.4 million) Indian spacecraft entered orbit around Mars after an almost yearlong voyage today, and for 11 percent the cost of the la(...)

Community members take part in a yoga class in the Englewood neighbourhood of Chicago. Indian yoga guru B.K.S Iyengar, who played an important role in the global expansion and popularity of yoga, has died aged 96. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Indian yoga guru B.K.S Iyengar, who played an important role in the global expansion and popularity of yoga, has died aged 96. Bellur Krishnamachar Su(...)

India’s president Pranab Mukherjee (third left) administers the oath of office to new prime minister Narendra Modi (right)  at the presidential palace in New Delhi.  Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

A low-caste tea boy in his youth, Narendra Modi was today sworn in as India’s 15th prime minister at a ceremony in New Delhi attended by regional le(...)

Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi greets his supporters after addressing a public meeting in Vadodara, Gujarat yesterday. Photograph:  Amit Dave/Reuters

A triumphant Narendra Modi is primed to become India’s 15th prime minister after his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured a comfo(...)