Millions vote in Delhi state poll which could indicate how general election might play out

Turn-out for last of five local polls may have broken all previous records

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David Cameron on Coalition: 'You have to make compromises that are not necessarily in the long-term interests of the country'

The job of prime minister is like being in the midst of an "asteroid shower", David Cameron said today as he claimed that being in coalition sometimes prevented him acting in the national interest.

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Flights to Sydney without a stopover

Flashback: Indian protesters staged a mock hanging scene to demand death sentence for the four men found guilty of the gang-rape in Delhi

'Women feel unsafe': Prosecutors call on judges to uphold death sentences for Delhi gang-rape

Prosecutors have called on judges to uphold the death sentences handed down to the men convicted of the Delhi gang-rape, arguing that a message would be sent to society that "deviant behaviour" would not be tolerated.

20 pilgrims killed in Indian truck crash

At least 20 people were killed and another 35 injured when a truck carrying Hindu pilgrims crashed into a gorge.

The passing of a generation: Manmohan Singh's time as Indian Prime Minister is nearly up

Rahul Gandhi is running India from the sidelines

Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference in New Delhi

Indian politician Rahul Gandhi condemns 'nonsense' plan to protect convicted politicians

Gandhi - widely believed to be a future prime minister of India - says cabinet ordinance is 'complete nonsense and it should be torn up and thrown out'

Get me out of here - Puglia, northern India, Norway

Now... In two weeks' time, Citalia has the chance to spend a seven nights in Puglia, the gorgeous heel of Italy, for £599pp. Departing on 10 October with easyJet flights from Gatwick, the package includes half-board at the four-star Hotel Del Levante. Citalia.com

Controversial Indian guru arrested over alleged rape of teenage girl

A controversial spiritual guru was arrested today on a rape charge filed by a teenage girl in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan.

Family of Delhi gang rape victim demand death penalty as guilty teenager is sentenced to three years in juvenile institution

Ruling is first for five males standing trial for the assault of the 23-year-old student

Get me out of here - Lombardy, India, Northern Lights

Now... To celebrate harvest season, the five-star L'Albereta Resort in Italy's wine-making Lombardy region has a "Room with a Cru" package from now until 30 September. Three nights' B&B is €756 (£648) per couple, B&B; flights extra. Albereta.it

Mitu Khurana says she is fighting for a better India for her daughters and all pregnant women

'My husband tried to force me to abort my twin girls': Doctor's charge inflames India's fight for gender equality

When Mitu Khurana found out she was pregnant with twins, she should have been overcome with joy. But, she says, her discovery marked the start of a cruel campaign by her husband and in-laws during which she was ignored, deprived of food, verbally and physically abused and pressured to abort her babies – because they were girls.

Police hunt for drivers after nine pupils killed in India school bus crash

Two men fled the scene after a school bus and truck crashed head-on in the northern state of Rajasthan

The deserted telegraphy office in Mumbai where telegrams were processed and filed

Silence of the ’grams: India’s telegraph offices go quiet after 160 years

India’s telegram service has been withering for decades, to the extent that yesterday the last private messages were sent more than 160 years after the first. Yet for 24 hours it was like the good old days as hundreds of people visited the country’s 75 offices to send their final missives to friends and family, and staff holidays were cancelled to meet the demand.

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