In the western Indian state of Rajasthan, forced weddings are frequent - with the brides sometimes as young as five. It's been an illegal practice since 2006, but families struggling to feed their children see little alternative.
Owners of a captured Saudi tanker are in ransom negotiations with Somali pirates despite warnings that such payments exacerbate piracy. The talks follow the sinking of a pirate ship by an Indian warship in the Gulf of Aden.
An Indian warship destroyed a Somali pirate vessel in a brief battle late on Tuesday. Other Asian nations also plan to send military ships to secure the Gulf of Aden, in an attempt to secure the area after a recent spike of pirate attacks.
A space probe has successfully landed on the lunar surface after ejecting from an unmanned craft orbiting the moon, marking another success for India's first lunar mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced.
Leading emerging economies say the financial system must be restructured to take into account their combined economic strength, which is expected to surpass that of the world's richest nations in coming decades.
At least 25 people were killed, including 12 children, in western India on Thursday, as a result of an explosion at a clandestine fireworks factory, police said. Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated on Tuesday.