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Afghan and US reports fail to agree on Koran burning

Conflicting conclusions appear to have emerged from two inquiries into the burning of the Koran at Bagram airbase, amid reports that British war graves in Libya were desecrated in retaliation for the mishandling of the holy book.

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Jim Murphy: Our troops never rest. Why does the PM?

Having set a date for pulling British forces out of Afghanistan, ministers are being too passive - and are not even selling the policy

RAF hides true scale of unmanned Taliban war

More than half of the RAF's drone strikes against Taliban militants in Afghanistan are not reported publicly, a new analysis has revealed.

Suicide bomber kills 23 at Pakistan militant base

A suicide bomber attacked the headquarters of a rival insurgent group in northwest Pakistan today, killing 23 of its supporters in an outbreak of factional fighting, an official said.

Afghanistan: Two US soldiers killed in Koran revenge attack

Two American soldiers were shot dead yesterday by an Afghan soldier and a literacy teacher at a joint base in southern Afghanistan. The deaths were the latest in a series of anti-American attacks, following the burning of Korans by US soldiers.

Two Nato troops killed in Afghanistan

Two American soldiers have been shot dead at a base in Afghanistan, the latest in a series of deaths following the burning of Korans by US soldiers.

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Suicide car bomb attack kills nine in Afghanistan

A suicide car bomber struck early today at the gates of Jalalabad airport in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, killing nine people in an attack insurgents said was revenge for US troops burning Korans.

Afghan demonstrators burn a US flag in Jalalabad province on Friday

The burning rage: Karzai pleads for calm as Koran fury spreads

More Nato troops are wounded as details emerge about Pakistani training of killer who struck at Interior Ministry

Fresh violence in Afghanistan over Koran burning

Protesters angry over the burning of the Koran by American troops lobbed grenades at a US base in northern Afghanistan and clashed with police and troops in a day of violence that left seven international soldiers injured and two Afghans dead.

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Subcontinent moves closer to being polio-free

India marked a major success in its battle against polio yesterday by being removed from the World Health Organisation's list of countries plagued by the disease.

President Obama says the culprits will be held to account

Obama sorry over Afghan Koran burning

President Barack Obama has apologised to the Afghan people for the burning of copies of the Koran at a US military base in Bagram.

An injured Afghan man receives treatment at a hospital after a suicide attack in Takhar province

Suicide bombing kills 19 in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber blew himself up just after a funeral in northern Afghanistan, killing 19 people, including a member of the national parliament, the Interior Ministry said.

Maintaining the Afghan National Army and police force after Nato troops withdraw will cost Britain £5bn a year

Afghanistan 'will need billions in aid after troops leave'

Country could become terrorist haven again if the West does not maintain support, think tank warns

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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