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Dharmender Singh Phangurha was a prospective Labour MEP whose promising political career was cut tragically short in a Taliban suicide attack at a restaurant in Kabul. Del Singh, as he was better known, was one of two Britons killed along with 19 others, including senior UN officials, US workers, eight Afghan dignitaries and members of staff of the popular restaurant, La Taverna du Liban, in what was described as the "deadliest violence against foreign civilians" in Afghanistan since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago.

Sergeant Robert Bales

US soldier to plead guilty to Afghanistan killings

The American soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians, most of them women and children, as they slept in villages adjacent to an army outpost in Kandahar province early last year is to plead guilty at a hearing next week in an attempt to stave off the death penalty, his lawyer said.

Deputy Pakistani Taliban leader Wali-ur-Rehman, left, is reported to be among the dead

Pakistan Taliban No 2 Waliur Rehman is buried after being killed in drone strike, claim intelligence officials

The Pakistani Taliban's deputy leader was buried hours after he was killed in a US drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials and militants said on Thursday.

US soldier Robert Bales to admit Afghan massacre, says lawyer

The US Army staff sergeant charged with killing 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press.

Secret detention row forces UK to hand over suspects to Afghans

Defence Secretary admits Britain holding dozens of suspected insurgents without trial in Helmand

Afghan insurgents attack International Red Cross office in Jalalabad

Afghan attackers have launched a coordinated assault on a guest house used by the Red Cross.

Volunteers gave out pink balloons around Kabul, Afghanistan

Taliban criticises "We Believe in Balloons" event in Kabul, Afghanistan

Online article decries 'mini-skirt show' after pink balloons handed out in the capital

Afzal Amin is the Tory candidate for Dudley North

Terror in Woolwich - a soldier's tale: UK Muslims - your country needs you

A former soldier standing for Parliament tells Jane Merrick that a diverse Army works best

The mother and stepfather of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, Lyn and Ian Rigby and his wife Rebecca Rigby, grieve as his stepfather reads a family statement

Woolwich terror aftermath: Family of Lee Rigby
tell of their desperation after seeing news unfold
on TV of the horrific murder

The devastated family of the murdered soldier Lee Rigby told of their frantic attempts to contact the military drummer after seeing images of his killing on television.

Full Statement from Ministry of Defence in response to death of Drummer Lee Rigby

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that the soldier killed in yesterday's incident in Woolwich, South East London, is believed to be Drummer Lee Rigby, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (attached to the Regimental Recruiting Team in London).

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett confronts one of the alleged attackers

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, the mother-of-two hailed as a hero for confronting Woolwich attackers, thought: 'better me than a child'

Mother of two Ingrid Loyau-Kennett spoke with the two alleged killers

Theatre review: The Kite Runner, Theatre Royal, Brighton Festival

It was always going to be a tall order bringing Khaled Hosseini’s mega-selling 2003 novel about friendship, betrayal and exile to the stage.

Eddie Ahern has been banned for 10 years after being found guilty of corruption

Eddie Ahern given 10-year betting plot ban

British Horseracing Authority find 35-year-old guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice

Afghan president Hamid Karzai hands India weapons 'wish list'

Request is likely to spark anxiety in neighbouring Pakistan

British forces will leave Afghanistan at the end of next year

600 interpreters will be allowed to move to UK as reward for assisting British forces in Afghanistan

About 600 Afghan interpreters that put themselves in danger for British forces are to be given settlement rights in the UK, it was announced.

Suicide bomber kills 14 at Afghan province council

A suicide bomber struck outside a provincial council headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Monday, killing the council chief and at least 13 others, authorities said.

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