Sport Ice moves: Shiva Keshavan in Vancouver in 2010

When the athletes march into the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics next month, one flag you won't be seeing is the green, white, and saffron of India. Four Indian skiers will be participating in the games as independent athletes, but they won't be able to formally represent their country, since the Indian Olympic Association has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee since 2012.

Adoption agencies warned off Haiti's orphans

For newly orphaned children wandering the streets of Haiti's capital begging for food, it sounds like a dream come true. But agencies trying to evacuate children whose parents died in last week's earthquake have been criticised for bypassing proper adoption processes to rush them to families offering new lives in the West.

Mark Steel: Here's one soldier who told the truth about this war

L/Cpl Glenton's crime was to say we were making matters worse

Suicide bombing kills dozens in Pakistan

A suicide bombing targeting a Shiite Muslim procession in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi killed 30 people and wounded dozens more today, as Shiites across the country marked the key holy day of Ashoura.

Independent Appeal: Safe haven for women beaten and abused in Kashmir

For the past two decades, domestic violence has been a low priority in one of India's most troubled regions. But a bold initiative is now addressing the issue – bringing Hindus and Muslims together, reports Andy Buncombe

Independent Appeal: Beneath the beauty, the most traumatised place in the world

ActionAid, one of our appeal charities, is helping families living with violence in Kashmir

Kashmiri women not murdered, India says

Two Kashmiri women whose deaths sparked anti-Indian protests were not raped or murdered, Indian investigators concluded yesterday.

Andrew Buncombe: A sure way to lose hearts and minds

Kashmir Notebook: Te central Government recently banned pre-paid mobile phone connections in the state

Manmohan Singh: At long last, there is real hope of peace between India and Pakistan

When I came to office in 2004, I had said that our government is committed to having unconditional dialogue with whoever abjures violence. We had discussions with different groups. We had a number of round table conferences. All issues were discussed. We tried to give voice to the demands of all sections of the people. We have implemented a number of initiatives as a result of this process.

Robert Fisk: Obama, man of peace? No, just a Nobel prize of a mistake

The US president received an award in the faint hope that he will succeed in the future. That's how desperate the Middle East situation has become

The day the earth shook : Thousands buried by powerful quakes

British parents lose toddler son as 119 die in Samoan islands tsunami. Death toll from tremors in Indonesia expected to rise sharply

Wish you were here? Asian war zones battle for tourists

Golf in Cambodia? Relaxation in Kashmir? Andrew Buncombe reports on the rebranding of a continent

Badminton team withdraws after terror threat

England have withdrawn from the World Badminton Championships in the Indian city of Hyderabad because of "a specific terrorist threat" against the championships.

Sean Langan: Held hostage and waiting for rescue

The Foreign Office routinely advises the families of kidnap victims not to talk to the press. It's a tall order, says a former captive

Indian police arrested over rape-murder

Four police officers were arrested in Indian Kashmir after being accused of destroying evidence in the rape and murder of two women that triggered weeks of anti-India protests, officials said today.

Economic crisis dominates developing world summit

More than 50 heads of state from the developing world were gathering in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh today to discuss the impact of the global economic meltdown on their nations.

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