The Great Abandonment: the extraordinary exodus of India’s migrant labourers

In 2020, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, announced one of the harshest Covid lockdowns in the world, causing nearly 200 million migrant labourers to be stranded without wages, food and housing. Many undertook long journeys to return to their …

Sunak hints he will slow down progress on India trade deal

Prime minister says UK should not sacrifice quality for speed as he seeks to improve terms at G20 talksRishi Sunak has hinted he will slow down progress on the India trade deal to improve its terms, saying the UK should not “sacrifice quality for speed…

World leaders to forgo G20 ‘family photo’ over Russia’s presence

Despite Vladimir Putin saying he will not be at summit, attendees do not want to pose alongside deputy Sergei LavrovWorld leaders will not take part in an official “family photo” when they meet at the G20 in Bali next week because of widespread discomf…

‘Fight of our lives’: what happened on the first day of Cop27?

From a bombastic Boris Johnson speech to an impassioned plea from the Barbados PM, here’s how first full day played outCop27 live – latest news updatesOn a jam-packed first full day, we heard from António Guterres, the UN secretary general, who dramati…

Infosys still operating from Russia eight months after saying it was pulling out

Indian firm from which Rishi Sunak’s wife collects £11.5m in annual dividends retains staffed Moscow officeRussia-Ukraine war – latest news updatesThe Indian IT services company Infosys from which the prime minister’s wife collects £11.5m in annual div…

James Cleverly calls for countries to unite to deprive terrorists of funds

UK foreign secretary was speaking at memorial ceremony for victims of 2008 attacks in MumbaiCountries must work together to deprive terrorists of funding in order to prevent deadly attacks, the UK foreign secretary, James Cleverly, has said.Cleverly is…

Failure to investigate UK imports linked to forced Uyghur labour unlawful, court told

World Uyghur Forum brings high court challenge against government agencies over Xinjiang cotton importsUK government agencies have broken the law by not investigating the importation of cotton products manufactured by forced Uyghur labourers in China, …

Chinese diplomat involved in violence at Manchester consulate, MP says

Footage shows figure believed to be Zheng Xiyuan kicking down poster and pulling pro-democracy protester’s hairOne of China’s most senior diplomats in the UK was involved in the violence against pro-democracy protesters at the Manchester consulate, a B…

Boris Johnson accused of intelligence tipoff that led to British Sikh’s alleged torture in India

Labour raises questions in the Commons over Johnson’s alleged actions as foreign secretary in the case of activist Jagtar Singh JohalLabour has accused Boris Johnson of authorising the sharing of intelligence that led to the imprisonment and alleged to…

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