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India: Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon executed

The wife of Yakub Memon walks out of an Indian court in 2007. Credit: Reuters

India has executed Yakub Memon, the man who financed the deadly Mumbai bombings in 1993, state government has confirmed.

Memon was sent to the gallows on his 53rd birthday inside a jail complex in the western city of Nagpur for his role in orchestrating the attacks which killed at least 257 people.

India: Gunmen storm police station, killing 'at least six'

Indian police inspect the site of a grenade attack last week. Credit: Reuters

Gunmen attacked a bus station and raided a police station in the northern Indian state of Punjab earlier, killing two people, wounding at least six and taken an unknown number of hostages, Reuters have reported, citing Indian TV networks.

Five bombs were also found on a railway track in the state, according to the news agency.


India pledges £637m extra to help Nepal recover

India has pledged an extra $1 billion (£637m) to Nepal for reconstruction works following two devastating earthquakes in the country, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has revealed.

Speaking at a donor conference also attended by China, Swaraj said the money - a quarter of which comes in the form of grants - took India's help to the neighbouring nation to $2bn (£1.3bn).

Indian heatwave death toll nears 2,000 in one week

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The death toll in a weeks-long heatwave in India has now risen to at least 1,826.

Meteorological officials called the hot weather "severe" and warned it would continue for at least another two days across a huge swathe of the South Asian country.

Most of those killed by heat-related conditions, including dehydration and heatstroke, have been in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana,where temperatures have soared to 47C (117F).

Cooling monsoon rains are expected next week in the south before gradually advancing north.

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