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Russell Crowe at the Global Slavery Index launch at the Shard in London. Millions were “trapped in a cycle of despair and degradation with neither choice nor hope”, the actor said. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

India has the world’s largest population of modern day slaves, numbering 18.4 million, which includes bonded labourers, sex workers and child soldiers(...)

US president Barack Obama welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Oval Office. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

More than €100,000 was spent on St Patrick’s Day parties in March at nine Irish Embassies abroad. Figures released to The Irish Times show €96,649 wa(...)

Indian fishermen along with their fishing boats on the banks of the Bratmaputra river in Guwahati, Assam, India – the Indian government has decided to divert water with river interlinking plans. Photograph: EPA/STR

India plans to divert water from several of its rivers to counter the severe drought raging across the country, despite dire opposition from environme(...)

  The Kohinoor diamond, which once belonged to Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, weighs 105.6 carats and is part of the British crown jewels, stored in the tower of London. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

India has said it will make all possible efforts to get back the Kohinoor diamond from Britain despite comments by New Delhi’s solicitor general that (...)

An injured man after an explosion and fire at the Puttingal temple in the Kollam district of the southern Indian state of Kerala on Sunday. Photograph: Getty/AFP

More than 100 people died and some 300 were injured in Indian’s southern Kerala state on Sunday, in a fire during a fireworks display at a Hindu temp(...)

The authorities in India’s Bihar state have advanced the alcohol ban deadline by six months to Tuesday this week, claiming that now was “the right time for social change in Bihar”. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The authorities in India’s eastern Bihar state have imposed prohibition in a move aimed at “cleansing” society and ridding it of a “social evil”. Chi(...)

A Kashmiri woman greets new chief minister Mehbooba Mufti (right) after she took an oath during the swearing-in ceremony at Governor House in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India, on Monday. Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA

India’s only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir, has appointed its first woman chief minister. Mehbooba Mufti (56) was sworn in as chief execut(...)

Activists from a local women’s organisation hold placards during a protest as they mark  International Women’s Day in Ahmedabad, India on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

A 15-year-old girl is fighting for her life in a New Delhi hospital after being raped and set on fire on the rooftop terrace of her family’s home in a(...)

Residents carry water in containers after filling them from a municipal tanker in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

Engineers are working to restore New Delhi’s full water supply after protesters damaged a key canal in a neighbouring state and disrupted supplies ove(...)

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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