Plane crash in India leaves 158 feared dead

An Air India Express plane trying to land in the rain at a tricky hilltop airport in southern India overshot the runway, crashed and burst into flames at dawn today, killing nearly 160 people, officials said. At least eight survived.

Back injury ends Sotherton season

Kelly Sotherton, the reigning Commonwealth heptathlon champion, has been ruled out of the summer track season because of a back injury.

US embassy warns terror attacks planned in India

The US Embassy said terrorists were planning "imminent attacks" in India's capital and has warned Americans there to be vigilant.

My encounter with the world's hottest chilli

In north-east India grows a pepper so fiery that the nation's military could soon be using it as a weapon. So what does it taste like? Andrew Buncombe gives it a try...

24-hour Room Service: The Park New Delhi, India

Delhi's wine society was enjoying a gathering at The Park on the night of my stay and I wangled an invitation. It proved a wonderfully lively evening – not only for the insight into a vibrantly emerging market but also for the go-ahead crowd I met. The Park group now has eight properties, and is a member of the Design Hotels consortium.

Hockey: England pipped to top spot after loss to Spain

England slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Spain in their final group match at the World Cup in New Delhi yesterday.

Hockey: England keep winning at World Cup

England made it two wins out of two at the World Cup in New Delhi when they came from behind to beat South Africa 6-4 yesterday. Marvin Harper opened the scoring for South Africa after 10 minutes, but Richard Mantell levelled with the first of his two penalty corner goals four minutes later, and England were in front in the 23rd minute when Rob Moore found the net.

Hockey: England open World Cup by shocking favourites

James Tindall struck twice to enable England to pull off a surprise 3-2 victory over the tournament favourites Australia on the opening day of the men's World Cup in New Delhi yesterday.

Terrorists 'gaining upper hand in cyber war'

The West's military infrastructure is at growing risk from sophisticated hackers

Can India find true liberation?

The economic miracle is transforming life on the subcontinent – and challenging established mores. Krishnan Guru-Murthy sees a nation searching for a new identity

'Hawala King' is arrested after global hunt

A man suspected of being one of the world's most prolific underground bankers has been arrested in India after a global manhunt involving British police.

Report flays top Indian politicians for clashes

An Indian government investigation released yesterday reportedly implicates dozens of Hindu nationalist politicians – including a former prime minister – in the 1992 demolition of a mosque which sparked deadly communal riots.

Rickshaw gambler killed over 6p bet

A Indian card player was killed after an argument over winnings of just

Indian politician killed in helicopter crash

A powerful Indian politician and four other people were killed when their helicopter crashed in the dense jungles of southern India during a pounding rainstorm, the government announced today.

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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

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Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Harry Kane interview

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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