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

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India's master of corruption plots his revenge

India's most scandalously bent politician, Laloo Yadav, Chief Minister of the impoverished state of Bihar, finally got his come-uppance on 27 April, when he was told he was to be prosecuted for his role in a pounds 1.6bn embezzlement scandal.

Sweet faced nun who will be the new Mother Teresa

Sweet faced nun who will be the new Mother Teresa

Briton before judge in spy case

The travails of Peter Bleach continue in Calcutta. The Yorkshire gunrunner, who says he was working undercover for British intelligence when he arranged a night parachute drop of weapons over rural West Bengal state in December 1995, finally went before a judge yesterday. Mr Bleach, 44, told the court he will plead his own case when his trial for treason gets under way on 20 February, some two months behind schedule. He faces the death penalty if found guilty.

Mother Teresa bows out quit form the top order

Mother Teresa's recent decision to relinquish the leadership of her order, the Missionaries of Charity, has drawn at least 122 senior nuns to Calcutta to choose her successor. Because the frail Nobel Peace Laureate has spent the past week confined to bed with acute back pains, the sisters have postponed yesterday's scheduled election until 2 February.

Calcutta aims for wheel-free revolution

The city wants to ban rickshaws as `dehumanising', writes Tim McGirk. But having no work is more degrading still

Pope's grave illness leaves the Vatican lost for words

Pope John Paul is sick, that much is certain. Even the Vatican has been forced to admit as much, after months of prevarication and hollow assurances. With every public appearance, the 76-year-old pontiff looks weaker, his sagging frame barely able to support the weight of his papal robes, his hands shaking, his breath barely long enough to read out his prayers and speeches.

Mother Teresa still critical

Mother Teresa's health stabilised slightly yesterday, but she is not out of danger, doctors in Calcutta said. The frail, 86-year-old Nobel Peace laureate and charity worker is still suffering from heart failure and a chest infection.

Mother Teresa 'sinking fast'

In an austere prayer hall at the Missionaries of Charity home in Calcutta, the nurses in blue-and-white saris had been praying constantly for Mother Teresa's recovery.

Two actresses who stripped for art

Jenny Runacre made her debut in Oh, Calcutta! in 1971. Looking back on it now, she says that she enjoyed the experience and thought "stage nudity was relevant to the time". But she worries about what has come after, which she now sees as a commercial exploitation of sex.

Red veteran may rule India

Tim McGirk on Jyoti Basu, the octogenarian Calcutta Communist who could take power in New Delhi

Rao quits as Congress admits defeat

The Indian Prime Minister, Narasimha Rao, resigned yesterday and dissolved parliament after his Congress party suffered its worst election drubbing since independence. With over half the votes counted, Congress's slide into defeat appears unstoppable.

India set to be ruled by coalition

After the final round of voting in elections yesterday, polling officers today begin the task of counting over 330 million ballots to determine which of three main parties will govern India for the next five years.

Empire buildings

Some of the best examples of Georgian design were constructed by British military engineers in India. Now most of them are in danger.

Fair play keeps polls calm

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