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Closure of gates causes fatal crush as thousands pay last respects to Muslim spiritual leader

Here comes the sun: festival-goers channelling their inner hippy

Fields of dreams with pagan roots: Before festivals became boutique, they were wild affairs

Festivals are nothing new, despite their contemporary popularity. From the extraordinary eruptions of outdoor religious revival gatherings to vegetarian, teetotal, anti-vaccinationist rallies, Philip Hoare charts their history

3 October 2012: Retired Indian lieutenant general Kuldip Singh Brar is escorted out of the Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport after his arrival from London in Mumbai

Sikh extremists convicted of London attack that nearly killed retired Indian Army general

Three Sikh extremists were found guilty today of a knife attack in London that nearly killed the retired senior Indian army general who led a military operation against armed separatists holding out in the Golden Temple of Amritsar 29 years ago.

A Hindu devotee, whose body is pierced with skewers, takes part in the religious festival of Panguni Uthiram in the southern Indian city of Chennai March 26, 2013. The festival is observed in the Tamil month of Panguni and is celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Muruga. The devotees make offerings to lord Muruga with sacrificial feats they believe will keep them away from evil spirits. REUTERS/Babu

New study shows how inflicting pain in religious festivals increases charitable giving

Researchers compared two rituals - one involving only praying and singing, the other requiring participants to pierce their bodies with hooks, skewers and needles

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Buddhist shrine in Indian state of Bihar hit by series of bombs

A series of blasts shook India’s holiest Buddhist shrine on Sunday in what the Indian government called a terror attack.

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Police officer admits Lawrence bug

Nadhim Zahawi said illegal immigrants should be given a one-off amnesty allowing them to remain in Britain

Grant all illegal immigrants an amnesty, says Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi

One-off gesture designed to make Tories more attractive to ethnic minorities

Indian civilians get ready to load relief material for flood affected victims on a helicopter at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand

20 bodies found after India helicopter crashes on Uttarakhand floods rescue

Paramilitary soldiers have recovered 20 bodies from a steep hillside in northern India where a rescue helicopter crashed while attempting to evacuate people stranded in monsoon floods, the country's air force chief said.

Indian home minister says Uttarakhand flood death toll over 1,000 and still rising

Soldiers recovered more bodies as they cleared debris in villages flattened by landslides and monsoon floods in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, bringing the death toll from torrential rains above 1,000, the home minister said today.

The Egyptian military has warned that it is prepared to step in should the nationwide demonstrations expected this week descend into chaos

Egypt braced for further unrest with nationwide demonstrations expected this week as military warns it might intervene

The Egyptian military has warned that it is prepared to step in should the nationwide demonstrations expected this week descend into chaos.

Water gushes down a river as Indian paramilitary soldiers and volunteers stand near a makeshift bridge

India floods: Rescue efforts continue for people stranded in Uttarakhand state

Nearly 600 people have died so far in monsoon floods and landslides

Baigent was a ‘great writer. He was the real thing, original and with fine virtues and integrity’

Michael Baigent: Renaissance man who questioned Christian history in his quest for truths

Baigent and Leigh were ordered to pay legal costs of £1.3m and were left pen

Adel Mohammed al-Khayat is associated with a group that murdered 62 tourists in 1997

Egypt’s tourism minister resigns over appointment of new governor of Luxor province

Adel Mohammed Al-Khayat is linked to Islamic militant's Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya - the group behind the Luxor massacre

The high life: Private-jet flying, aviator-wearing Buddhist monks captured on video

A group of Buddhist monks have become the subject of complaints after videos of them on a private jet, wearing aviators and listening to personal headphones emerged on Youtube.

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

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