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.

Ayesha Siddiqa: My country needs help, not disapproval

An Anglophile writer says Britain could pay a heavy price for showing little understanding of Pakistan's history and current plight

UN says no aid yet for 6 million flood victims in Pakistan

United Nations aid agencies have provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of Pakistan's worst floods in decades but relief operations have yet to reach an estimated six million people.

Security tightened in Kashmir to stop protests

Tens of thousands of police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled the streets in Indian-controlled Kashmir as security was tightened across most parts of the region today a day after government forces killed four people during protests against Indian rule.

Poor response to Pakistan aid appeals frustrates charities

Leading charities have attacked the international response to the worst natural disaster in Pakistan's history, saying delays in funding the relief effort had affected aid operations.

UN makes plea to India over helmets

The UN has asked Indian forces cracking down on separatist protests in Kashmir to stop wearing the distinctive blue helmets of UN peacekeepers.

Rescue teams struggle to reach 600,000 Pakistan flood victims

Record water levels were pressing down on a crucial flood barrier in Pakistan's Sindh province last night as monsoon rains showed no sign of easing – adding to the vast surge of water bearing down on towns and villages.

Navy called in as devastating floods return to batter Pakistan and India

Pakistan's navy sailed to the rescue of people stranded by devastating floods yesterday, while in India rescuers dug through destroyed homes and piles of mud after huge landslides in the remote north of the country killed about 130 people and left more than 500 missing.

Millions in despair as Pakistan floods spread

Downpours are preventing helicopters from rescuing stranded people and delivering badly needed food and clean water

Kashmir burns again as India responds to dissent with violence

The hospitals are filling up with gunshot victims but angry protesters say the world is blind to their plight. Andrew Buncombe reports from Srinagar

Leading article: The Prime Minister and the limits of personal charm in diplomacy

The visit began inauspiciously, but the Prime Minister's famed charm and a sense of realism on the part of the President of Pakistan seem to have combined to salvage something for both sides.

Police shoot dead four protesters in Kashmir

Four people were killed after thousands of protesters ignored police warnings they would be shot on sight if they defied a round-the-clock curfew declared in Indian-controlled Kashmir, in an attempt to quell weeks of deadly civil unrest against Indian rule.

UN: Pakistan floods ravage lives of millions

The worst floods in memory in Pakistan have devastated the lives of more than three million people, a UN spokesman said today while outrage over the unpopular government's response to its people's plight spreads.

Floods stir anger at Pakistan government response

Islamist charities, some with suspected ties to militants, stepped in today to provide aid for Pakistanis hit by the worst flooding in memory, piling pressure on a government criticised for its response to the disaster that has so far killed more than 1,000 people.

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Isis hostage crisis

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