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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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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