When a volunteer worker in Rajasthan recently saw dalit (formerly untouchable) women labourers in a village removing their shoes for a stretch of road on their way to work at a construction site and then putting them on again for the rest of the way, she was mystified. ''Why are you taking off your shoes?'' she asked.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has foreshadowed closer military co-operation and joint military exercises with China, and revealed President Xi Jinping has accepted his invitation to address both houses of Parliament later this year.
In the Strangers’ Bar at the Palace of Westminster, the booze is cheap and the morals are loose. Sleaze, it seems, is well and truly back – if it ever went away – at Britain’s centre of political power.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told Chinese media the search for missing flight MH370 had been narrowed to an area of 40-by-50km.
Nuclear talks in Hiroshima have called a new treaty to stop producing radioactive fuel for bombs and acceptance "without delay" of a global ban on testing atomic weapons.
Ariver of humanity. Half a million people, more than twice the entire population of say, Geelong, trudging along a single-lane road, their belongings balanced upon their heads or strapped to bowed backs. There was a dark poetry to the name of that border road: Avenues des Poids Lourds. Literally, the Street of Heavy Loads.
The Falkland Islands are not an easy place to reach. Flights come only weekly. Cruise ships making the trip brave frigid seas, freezing nights and recently, harassment from Argentine dockworkers.
'You knew Reeva was behind the door and you shot at her. That's the only thing that makes sense.'
With Iran suffering as a result of crippling sanctions, the pressure is on the country's "reformist" president to get the economy moving again.
Helen Zille has a big challenge ahead of her in next month's South African election.