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A Sri Lankan navy boat (L) patrols after Australia transferred 41 would-be asylum seekers whose boat was turned away at the southern port of Galle

Australia must give 72 hours' notice before returning 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Tony Abbott's government has already faced international condemnation for sending back a group of 41 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

Mr Osborne, who is on a two-day trip to India with Foreign Secretary William Hague, said the two countries would see greater investment in each other’s economies and more job creation.

Good times are coming to UK-India relations, says George Osborne

The British Government is keen to be among the first countries to meet India's newly elected Prime Minister

A Sri Lankan navy boat (L) patrols after Sri Lanka transfered 41 would-be asylum seekers whose boat was turned away by Australia at the southern port of Galle

Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea

Australia been toughening its stance towards asylum seekers and migrants for several years

Newly ordained Jain monks in Hyderabad

The vegetarian town: They wouldn’t hurt a fly but the Jains upset Palitana with meat-free plea

Monks say that non-vegetarian food should not be permitted for sale in Palitana, but Muslims say the demands amount to discrimination

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard near barbed wire setup as barricade during restrictions in downtown area of Srinaga

Massive security and empty streets greet Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on first visit to Kashmir

India's new leader has been confronted by a massive security operation and almost empty streets as he makes his first visit to the long-contested region of Kashmir, where he vowed to boost development.

The young woman was taken to see a local pir or Sufi elder

Pakistan police investigate after young woman dies during exorcism

Police in Pakistan have launched a murder inquiry after a young woman was reportedly beaten to death by a Muslim holy man who was trying to “exorcise demons” from her.

Chinese mountaineer Wang Jing during an event to celebrate her ascent, in Kathmandu on Monday

Nepal recognises Everest ascent by Chinese climber who used helicopter

Nepal has risked sparking fresh controversy after it said it was acknowledging a Chinese climber’s ascent of Everest despite the use of a helicopter during her expedition.

An image of the Ashutosh Maharaj stands outside the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan in Nurmahal on the outskirts of Jalandhar

Is Guru Ashutosh Maharaj dead or just meditating? Indian holy man with a £100m legacy

His chauffeur says he was poisoned. His son wants him cremated. But many of his followers say he isn’t even dead. Andrew Buncombe reports on the unholy battle for the estate of a very rich holy man

Dozens feared drowned after Indonesia migrant boat sinks off coast of Malaysia

Official says the boat was not fit for a sea journey and that it contained a large number of women and children

Bhutanese Bhunatese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shake hands during a photocall in Tashichhodzong on June 15, 2014.

Is India worried about China's influence in South Asia? Modi's first foreign trip suggests so

India's new PM made a surpise visit to Bhutan this week

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