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

Fire at illegal market in India kills 19

Reports claim that an electrical fault started the blaze

The woman, 25 and a mother of two, is in a critical condition

Indian woman jumps off moving train to flee rape

The woman’s leap came in the aftermath of the fatal attack on the medical student and a male friend in Delhi last month

Alastair Cook has enjoyed an incredible year in Test cricket

Magical memories of 2012 - Cricket: 'A sweep for three and Cook had broken a 73-year-old landmark'

6 December: Alastair Cook breaks England century record

Broad first felt his heel in a warm-up match earlier in the tour

Stuart Broad's misery deepens as heel injury puts T20 return in doubt

Stuart Broad, England's discarded vice-captain, has suffered a recurrence of the heel injury which has dogged his tour of India. He went for a scan on the joint today but may be unable to resume his duties as the Twenty20 captain for two matches later this month.

Stuart Broad looks on against Sri Lanka

Stuart Broad form an 'issue' for England ahead of third Test against India

England prepare for third Test with series level 1-1

Finn may have to return home due to thigh injury

Steven Finn ruled out of England's second Test against India

Finn may have to return home due to thigh injury

Athlete Pinki Pramanik who has been accused of rape

Female Indian athlete who won relay gold medal 'revealed to be a man' after rape charge

Indian authorities investigating a rape case say a sprinter who won a women's relay gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games is actually a man.

A barber in Kolkata plies his trade by candlelight; the northern city was one of many hit by the blackout

Second Indian power cut leaves 700m in the dark

Chaos again across large areas of a nation that cannot meet increasing demand for electricity

80 homes burned in India clashes

Rioters clashing over land rights have burned down dozens of homes in north-east India, while some 50,000 villagers are sheltering in camps for protection, police said today.

Shady character: All hail the mighty fern

It's spent millennia perfecting itself, unfurls its fronds like a Zen master, and can liven up the dullest bit of tarmac...
Fabio Cannavaro is one of the 'icons' taking part

Launch of India's new Premier League Soccer delayed

The inaugural edition of India's Premier League Soccer (PLS), featuring World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro and former France international Robert Pires, has been postponed because of a lack of venues, organisers told Reuters today.

Andy Robinson with the Six Nations trophy

Andy Robinson 'desperate to stick it up the RFU'

At Scotland's team announcement on Tuesday, Andy Robinson was at great pains to talk up the opposition in tomorrow's Six Nations opener at Murrayfield, pulling back from his previous attack on "the arrogance" of certain England players. "I think it's a quality side we're up against," he said. "We've got a lot of respect for the coaches that are there with England."

Scotland always save some of their passion for us, says Graham Rowntree

Graham Rowntree: 'Scotland will be licking their lips'

The England coach says home side will be favourites on Saturday due to red rose side's 'unspeakable past'

Indian teacher lands £6bn 'bonus'

A school teacher became a billionaire overnight after a bank deposited 490bn rupees (£6.3bn) into his account by mistake.

A funeral for one of the victims of the bootleg alcohol at a village outside Kolkata

Bootleg liquor with toxic additive kills 140

Villagers in West Bengal destroy shops that sold poison drink while police round up suspects

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