News Activists carry posters as they shout slogans during a protest march against the gangrape and murder of a teenager, in India. The Indian politician has apologised after she said women invite rape.

She came under criticism from members of her own party who distanced themselves from her remarks

'We want a dream team, not a dirty team': Opposition leader Narenda Modi tells Delhi that corruption has eaten away India's dignity

Tens of thousands of people pour into a tented area at the capital's Japanese Gardens to hear election hopeful's energetic address

Hamish McRae: With political calamities piling up, why are markets so keen on the US?

There is one concern that even optimists need to acknowledge. The US may, indeed, default

Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference in New Delhi

Indian politician Rahul Gandhi condemns 'nonsense' plan to protect convicted politicians

Gandhi - widely believed to be a future prime minister of India - says cabinet ordinance is 'complete nonsense and it should be torn up and thrown out'

Death toll rises to 123 in Mexico following Tropical Storm Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel

59,000 people believed to have been evacuated from their homes

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Uttar Pradesh rocked: Hindu-Muslim violence erupts
as India's electoral battle looms

Politicians accused of inflaming tensions after Muslims flee homes in Uttar Pradesh

Obama accused the Republicans of 'extortion'

Battle over Obamacare may trigger US government shutdown

Republican attempts to derail planned healthcare reforms could provoke financial meltdown

Pat McQuaid (left) has accused Brian Cookson’s camp of smearing him

'Gangster politics' row in UCI race between Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson

The International Cycling Union president, Pat McQuaid, has accused his rival in this month's election, Britain's Brian Cookson, of indulging in "gangster politics" following the latest string of allegations of corruption at the UCI.

Troops called to restore order in north Indian town of Muzaffarnagar after dispute between Hindu and Muslim escalates into deadly riots

A minor argument between two men has developed into Hindu-Muslim clashes

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Syria crisis: More signs US involvement in civil war may be greater than first anticipated as Obama looks to boost rebels

Increased support will include sending expert Army personnel

The NAACP and Ku Klux Klan have been in fundamental opposition for more than a century

Hoods off: When the Ku Klux Klan sat down with the NAACP

After a series of attacks on black men, an unlikely summit held in a Wyoming hotel ends with the Klansman applying to join the civil rights organisation

The Indian government has passed a scheme to provide cheap food to more than 800m people

The biggest welfare programme in history: Indian government gives 800 million citizens a 'legal right' to cheap food in new bill

£13bn scheme immediately condemned by business community who claim the country cannot afford it

The CPS bends over backwards to help complainants in child sex abuse cases. It's kind, but is it fair?

The guidelines on prosecuting these cases aim to avoid the old myths and stereotypes about victims and perpetrators. Instead they propagate a whole new set

Syria crisis: Shelling resumes as Assad taunts Americans

Syria adopted a defiant stance on Sunday following President Obama’s decision to seek approval from Congress before taking military action. “Syria … is capable of confronting any external aggression,” President Assad said during a meeting with Iranian officials.

William Hague denies he was set to quit over Syria vote

William Hague dismissed rumours on Sunday that he had been on the point of resigning after MPs voted to prevent the UK from taking military action against the Syrian government.

Syria crisis: America tells the world 'We have the evidence - now we HAVE to punish Assad'

President Obama says Syria’s actions represent a 'challenge to the world' as Secretary of State, John Kerry, claims certain knowledge of chemical attack in which at least 1,429 died

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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