News Indian Congress members and supporters celebrate after India’s Union Cabinet approved the creation of a new state

Congress-led federal government wants to create a new area called Telangana

British doctor's daughter drowns after falling into fast-flowing river in India

18-month-old Manvi slipped from her father's arms into the river

A close-up view of the historic cushion-cut fancy intense pink diamond, weighing approximately 34.65 carats

Princie Diamond fetches $40m at Christie’s in New York

The Princie Diamond, one of the largest pink diamonds in the world, has been sold at auction for nearly $40m (£26m).

India v Australia: Opening day of third Test washed out

Australia trail 2-0 in the four-match series

Australia vice-captain Shane Watson has been dropped from the next Test against India

Shane Watson 'considering future' after he and three others are dropped from Australia cricket team for India Test after not doing their homework

James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Johnson join vice-captain in sitting out Mohali test

Michael Clarke: We must learn from India thrashing

Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, conceded his side were outplayed by India as they slumped to a comprehensive innings defeat in the second Test – making unwanted history in the process – but pledged "no stone will be left unturned" as they look to get back into the series.

India seal dominant victory over Australia

India win by eight wickets in Chennai

Boris accuses Home Office over immigration

Boris Johnson risked provoking a  major row with Theresa May today after he accused the Home Office of turning a blind eye to long-term illegal immigrants in the UK.

Ashwin spins India to victory

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned the best Test match figures by an Indian bowler against New Zealand to ensure an innings and 115-run victory on the fourth day of the first test.

At least 32 killed in southern India train fire

A fire swept through a train car packed with sleeping passengers in southern India today, killing at least 32 people and sending panicked survivors rushing for the only clear exit once the train stopped, officials said.

Mirror of the sky: The Falaknuma Palace hotel

The Hedonist: Hyderabad

What to see and where to be seen

'Street traders, Macau' by George Chinnery (1774-1852)

George Chinnery - an Indian Summer

To us, the empire may have been about power, commerce and occupation. To many British people at the time it was more a matter of escape – from poverty, family or creditors. For the artist George Chinnery, it seems to have been a combination of all three.

'A fisherman carrying his net', George Chinnery (1774-1852)

Eastern promise: George Chinnery

Though he lived in India and China 200 years ago, a rare exhibition of work by the painter George Chinnery shows his modernity

Nixon excited by final fling in India after Foxes upset the odds

Twenty20 Final: Leicestershire 145-6 Somerset 127-9

E-commerce boom tempts Amazon to test Indian market

Changes to India's strict investment rules mean overseas retailers can now be majority shareholders

New Zealand appoint Australian Wright as new bowling coach

New Zealand yesterday appointed Australian Damien Wright as their new bowling coach on a two-year deal.

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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