Pakistan seeks way out of crisis

Pakistan's year-old civilian government sought a compromise to appease opposition leaders and a lawyers movement today as police detained hundreds of activists in a bid to stifle a nationwide protest.

Pakistan in turmoil after Sharif brother is kicked out

Protesters take to streets as government of country's largest province disqualified

The martyrs of Amritsar

After 90 years and a long campaign, the victims of a British atrocity in a holy city are being recognised as martyrs and freedom fighters by the Indian government

Pietersen rallies England in wake of 'freak' show

Captain seeks to lift his demoralised side ahead of tomorrow's second Test

Mohali confirmed as Test venue

Mohali has been confirmed as the venue for the second Test between India and England, the England and Wales Cricket Board have announced.

Indian police expect England return

The head of Chennai Police expects England to return to India next Monday ahead of the scheduled Test series and is convinced the team's security can be assured.

Parents pleaded with Indian media for help finding killer

Amid the heat and humidity of the monsoon season, Hannah Foster's parents sat in a packed room at the Press Club in Delhi and pleaded with the Indian media to help track down their daughter's killer.

Asian, female and conservative?

Baroness Sandip Verma of Leicester is a Conservative life peer she gives her thoughts on women and diversity in the sometimes cutthroat world of politics and business

Full fixture list for the Indian Premier League

The inaugral Indian Premier League competition gets under way when Bangalore Royal Challengers take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore on 18 April. The eight teams will play each other home and away with the top four heading into the semi-finals before the final on 1 June. Regardless of the controversy the competition has caused, it promises to be a feast of cricket. Here is the full fixture list.


Deacon stays loyal to the end with Bradford

Paul Deacon is set to finish his career with Bradford after agreeing a two-year contract extension.

Sikh protests stop Sotheby's auction of 'religious relic'

Sotheby's has withdrawn a rare 18th-century steel armour plate from public sale after protesters claimed it was a religious relic which may have been owned by one of Sikhism's holiest figures, Guru Gobind Singh.

Indian families offered cash to stop abortion of girl foetuses

India has launched a dramatic initiative to stop the widespread practice of poor families aborting female foetuses by offering cash incentives for them to give birth to the girls and then bring them up.

Increase in violence threatens low turnout in Pakistan

Pakistan's opposition politicians have give the authorities a final warning not to rig the outcome of today's parliamentary election – threatening that their supporters will take to the streets in protest.

Leo Docherty: Pakistani elections in the Punjab; a feudal issue

At the end of last year, during an overland journey through Pakistan, I walked through the Punjab, Pakistan's most fertile and populous province. Passing through a succession of sleepy farming villages, the impending elections seemed irrelevant. Today in these same villages, after the chaos following Benazir Bhutto's death, the election is apparent everywhere; not just in multicoloured posters but in heated debate, anger and despair. The government's popularity appears to have tumbled to an all-time low in the wake of President Musharraf's clumsy dismissal of the judiciary last November, suspicion over Bhutto's death, rising inflation, and accusations of electoral rigging.

John Walsh: His dark materials

Fed up with ill-fitting, off-the-peg disasters, John Walsh and his teenage son Max decided to see if it's possible to buy a perfect bespoke suit – on a budget
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