At least 150 dead in flooding and landslides in India and Nepal

Himalayan state of Uttarakhand suffers heaviest rain in more than 100 years, with Nepal also badly affected More than 150 people have died in devastating floods across India and Nepal, after some of the heaviest rainfall in over a century triggered flash flooding and landslides. In the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, at least 46 […]

‘He lives freely, I live in fear’: the plight of India’s abandoned wives

Activists highlight the poverty, stigma and abuse faced by women deserted by spouses living abroad Kamala Reddy*, 33, a software engineer from Andhra Pradesh, married Vijay Kumar* in a traditional Hindu wedding in 2012. Kumar, who was working in the UK, was chosen by Reddy’s family. “But he didn’t take me to the UK after […]

Coronavirus live: global deaths pass 5m; UK care home workers refusing jab told to ‘get another job’

Delta strain continues to ravage unvaccinated countries; UK health secretary hits out at unvaccinated care home workers Campaigners have accused the UK government of creating a system of “vaccine apartheid” by blocking an intellectual property waiver for coronavirus vaccines. India and South Africa first proposed waiving intellectual property rights for vaccines at the World Trade […]

Percy vs Goliath review – Christopher Walken battles Big Agriculture

The New Yorker makes no effort to sound Canadian or look like real life Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser, but he still steals the show A dispute between a Canadian farmer and an agribusiness behemoth over intellectual property rights might sound a trifle dull, but Percy vs Goliath just goes to show casting can make all […]

The big picture: standing out from the crowd in New Delhi, 1984

A lifelong passion for India and its people is evident in Mitch Epstein’s colourful new collection The photographer Mitch Epstein fell in love with the idea of India long before he went there. As a young man from small-town New England, he watched Ravi Shankar play the sitar at the Woodstock festival and paid $35 […]

India’s Ravi Shastri: ‘I have absolutely no regrets about the book launch’

The coach opens up on contracting Covid-19 and explains the unique pressures of guiding a team with a billion critics “There is no shortcut in India,” Ravi Shastri says with a wry smile on a cool September morning in London. All the heat and dust of this summer’s series between England and India, which was […]

Photographic print sale to raise funds for Afghan’s female journalists

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has severely affected women’s rights, and especially the lives of female journalists. The NWMI (Network of Women in Media, India) has launched a print sale, with all images donated by the Associated Press, to raise funds to help those journalists with evacuations and resettlement, to rebuild their lives, and to […]

How we met: ‘It took until I was 48 years old to meet the handsome prince’

Cathy, 56 and Maurizio, 58, became close after she hired him as a massage therapist in 2014. They now live together at their home in Welling, Kent After splitting up from her partner at the age of 35, Cathy didn’t feel as if she would find love again. “I developed lymphedema around the same time, […]

England fight for India to return after Test called off amid Covid outbreak

Cloud of uncertainty hangs over result of Test series ECB staring at a £40m financial black hole after decision English cricket will fight to ensure India return for a one-off Test match that averts a £40m financial black hole after the series finale in Manchester was called off at the 11th hour in response to […]

Kohli intent on cementing legacy with series win for India in England | Ali Martin

Joe Root’s team must win at Old Trafford to draw the series but tourists have the edge despite another Covid scare Australia’s cricketers partied long into the night on the outfield here two years ago. They had taken a 2-1 lead over England, retained the Ashes and, to empty stands and with beers in hand, […]

‘I feel more secure’: how a holistic approach helps India’s beggars build a better life

In Rajasthan a project developing self-esteem and skills is getting people off the streets and into work Pandit Tulsidas, 52, was resting under a tree by a road junction in Jaipur, Rajasthan, where he had begged for years. When an official approached him about a government scheme that would teach him job skills, he rejected […]

Root calls for Buttler but serving up a win could be hindered by burnout | Andy Bull

Captain has got plenty to ponder heading into England’s final Test against India and wants Test cricket to be a priority Here is one thing Joe Root is certain about – Jos Buttler will be back in the England team as wicketkeeper and vice-captain for the fifth Test at Old Trafford. Beyond that Root has […]

Kareena Kapoor Khan on breaking pregnancy taboos: ‘No one wants to talk about belching and swollen feet!’

One of Bollywood’s most bankable actors has written a revolutionary pregnancy book that lifts the lid on libido, caesareans and more. She discusses power, pay and the reality behind the glamour Days after giving birth to her first child – an emergency caesarean after the cord had wrapped itself around the baby’s neck – Kareena […]

How we met: ‘He said my nails looked nice, and I knew there was something there’

Todd, 47, and India, 27, met when she walked into his office on her police duties. They now live together in St Augustine, Florida India was working for the police force in St Augustine, Florida, in February 2019, when she visited an accountancy firm during one of her routine patrols. “I was going around the […]

England face record run chase to beat India but Hameed offers hope

Fourth Test, day four: India 191 & 466; England 77-0, need 291 more to win England’s attack given torrid time by India middle-order As the shadows lengthened on the fourth evening, eventually engulfing the outfield at the Oval to end a day of glorious sunshine, England’s opening pair of Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed made […]

India turn the tide in fourth Test as Rohit Sharma century halts England

Fourth Test, day three: India 191 & 270-3, England 290 India lead by 171 as Rohit Sharma scores 127 at the Oval One of international cricket’s statistical curios was ended in spectacular fashion on Saturday afternoon when Rohit Sharma danced down the track like a Bollywood star and launched Moeen Ali’s flighted delivery into the […]

Ollie Pope leads the fightback to put England on top after early collapse

Fourth Test, day 2: India 191 & 43-0; England 290 Pope hits 81 and Woakes 50 as last five wickets add 228 There are still three days to go in this fourth Test and those with tickets for the back end will be getting nervous. India’s second innings is already under way and with the […]

Joe Root falls late as India hit back after England dismiss them for 191

India 191; England 53-3 Chris Woakes takes four for 55 on return to Test side The opening day of the fourth Test witnessed the clatter of 13 wickets and when the last of these fell moments before the close, Joe Root looking back at a set of stumps freshly rearranged by Umesh Yadav, the mood […]

Unpredictable series leaves England and India seeking stability

Pope and Woakes could replace Butler and Curran Off-spinner Ashwin poised to return for India The Oval Test is synonymous with summer’s end; one final hurrah before the leaves begin to fall and, along with settling any unfinished business, a chance for England’s cricketers to book their places on the plane for the winter tours. […]

Air pollution is slashing years off the lives of billions, report finds

Dirty air is a far greater killer than smoking, car crashes or HIV/Aids, with coal burning the leading cause Air pollution is cutting short the lives of billions of people by up to six years, according to a new report, making it a far greater killer than smoking, car crashes or HIV/Aids. Coal burning is […]

10 of the best things to do in the Azores

Now on the UK’s travel green list, the Portuguese archipelago offers stunning volcanic landscapes and its own delicious cuisine, wines and even coffee The Azores archipelago (Açores in Portuguese) lies about 1,000 miles west of mainland Europe and is made up of nine volcanic islands: São Miguel (the largest), São Jorge, Terceira, Pico, Faial, Ilha […]

What will make Joe Root a great Test captain? Ashes glory, says Silverwood | Ali Martin

Head coach agrees with Michael Vaughan: to truly make his mark, Root must lead England to triumph in Australia this winter A bit like telling someone you love them and being met with “I love spending time with you, too” in response, Chris Silverwood was asked on Sunday whether Joe Root is a great England […]

Root thanks players after becoming England’s most successful Test captain

England dominate third Test to beat India by an innings His 27th Test win sees Root overtake Michael Vaughan A smiling and mellow Joe Root was delighted to overtake Michael Vaughan to become England’s most successful Test captain. The overwhelming innings win over India, a slam dunk before lunch on the fourth day, at Root’s […]

Ollie Robinson’s eventful year with England takes another upturn | Tanya Aldred

Bowler was praised by India’s captain, Virat Kohli, after taking five wickets in the second innings at Headingley The narrative arc of Ollie Robinson’s summer would startle the chiselled hero of a summer beach bonk-buster. From hero to villain and back again, from county pro on the south coast to man of the match here, […]

‘Nailed it’: Jimmy Anderson lauds England for day one dominance

India skittled out for just 78 on first day at Headingley England openers respond with unbeaten century stand Jimmy Anderson could scarcely contain his delight after a dreamy first day of the third Test against India gave England a vice-like grip on proceedings. Anderson’s three‑wicket new-ball burst helped to skittle the tourists for just 78 […]

Virat Kohli’s plans undone by England patience and mysteries of Headingley | Jonathan Liew

Strange things happen at this ground and, despite a sensible strategy after winning the toss, India fell apart in the third Test It’s 11.23am and Virat Kohli is jogging down the Headingley steps. The sky is a watery grey, the air is thick with cheers and boos and India are four for two. In his […]

‘My crime is I fell in love’: should India rethink tough laws on underage sex?

Laws intended to tackle child abuse are resulting in young men in consensual relationships being imprisoned. Activists argue a more nuanced approach is needed Mani*, 21, began dating Noor*, 17, two years ago. They couldn’t see each other during the Covid lockdowns, but when restrictions began to ease, they would meet on the deserted banks […]

A billion children at ‘extreme risk’ from climate impacts – Unicef

Report launched with youth activists including Greta Thunberg paints ‘unimaginably dire’ picture Almost half the world’s 2.2 billion children are already at “extremely high risk” from the impacts of the climate crisis and pollution, according to a report from Unicef. The UN agency’s head called the situation “unimaginably dire”. Nearly every child around the world […]

Born to be wild: India’s first captive-bred endangered vultures are set free

Numbers of the country’s carrion-loving birds dropped by over 97% in the 1990s. Now, a successful breeding scheme is giving them a boost In February, the doors of an aviary in West Bengal’s Buxa tiger reserve were flung open. Eight critically endangered captive-bred white-rumped vultures cautiously emerged and within minutes were mingling with wild vultures, […]