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.

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Floods kill more than 800, but lack of clean drinking water leaves 600 children dead from disease every day

Pakistan withdraws from terror talks in Cameron protest

Prime Minister's comments on terrorism provoke anger in the government and streets of Karachi

Infinite curfew imposed amid Kashmir violence

Authorities imposed an indefinite curfew across violence-wracked Indian Kashmir today as anti-India protests and clashes between Kashmiri Muslims and government forces continued.

Anthony Rose: 'Curry can be an enemy of wine but it need not be, if the spicing is subtle

I'm not sure who decided that the only drink for curry is lager. It's true that chilli, like chocolate and vinaigrette, can be an enemy of wine. But if the spicing is subtle, as it often is in better Indian restaurants in the UK, or, dare I suggest, in ready-made Indian meals, a good choice of wine can be a thoroughly satisfying partner.

Eight killed in Kashmir gunbattle

Five suspected insurgents and three Indian soldiers died in a fierce gunbattle in divided Kashmir when the militants tried to cross over from Pakistan into the Indian-controlled portion, an army officer said today.

C Uday Bhaskar: If the army returns, the Kashmiri tinderbox could ignite

There's a need for quick, credible and legitimate political intervention

Kashmir on a knife edge once again after security forces kill three youths

Kashmir is boiling again. The killing of three young men by security forces in the past ten days has ratcheted up tension and sent hundreds of demonstrators into the streets.

Fighting talk: The new propaganda

Journalism has become a linguistic battleground – and when reporters use terms such ‘spike in violence’ or ‘surge’ or ‘settler’, they are playing along with a pernicious game, argues Robert Fisk

Abandoned in Pakistan by her British husband

A woman fights to be reunited with her son after alleging that her in-laws drugged her and dumped her back at her parents' home

Album: Jim Moray, In Modern History (NIAG)

Moray's elision of folk and pop is self-conscious but increasingly confident, as if the further he gets from the source, the more he enjoys riding the river of song.

Teenager's death sparks clashes in Kashmir

Clashes erupted between residents and government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city today, a day after a teenage boy was killed, allegedly by a rubber bullet fired by police.

Denis MacShane: India is key to solving Afghanistan

It beggars belief that a fellow Commonwealth country - both a democracy and a nuclear-armed power - can be talking about an invasion of Pakistan

Leading Conservative claims Muslim politicians lack 'principles'

Baroness Warsi under fire for comments made at dinner in honour of the visiting president of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir

One woman's silent quest for peace on India's wild frontier

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