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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.

David Cameron announced the 2014 summit today

David Cameron announces Britain is to host next year’s Nato summit

Military chief welcomes news as confirmation that UK still has ‘leading role to play’ in alliance

Banerjee in 2002 at a press conference in Mumbai to publicise the film 'Escape From The Taliban'

Sushmita Banerjee: Author who was murdered by the Taliban

The age-old attraction of tall, handsome men from the mountains north-west of India sealed the fate of a soft, dreamy girl from Kolkata when she fell in love with one of the city's migrant Afghan fruit sellers, whom she had met at a theatre. Sushmita Banerjee, educated daughter of middle-class parents with hopes of a bright future, was instead to die at 49, in the middle of the night in a comfortless place far from home, her body riddled with bullets from an AK-47, and her face obliterated.

A demonstration from May 2004, called to highlight the plight of the many thousands of Afghans disabled during more than two decades of war

MoD paid £3,000 compensation for Afghans killed by UK military

Rights groups claim payouts are pitifully low and do not give families sufficient help

Britain’s controversial deployment of US-built Reaper drones in Afghanistan will come under scrutiny in court this week in a closed hearing that will see a UK-based drone operator give evidence for the first time

Court case aims to force MoD’s hand with Freedom of Information requests on drones

Britain’s controversial deployment of US-built Reaper drones in Afghanistan will come under scrutiny in court this week in a closed hearing that will see a UK-based drone operator give evidence for the first time.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has reportedly been freed by Pakistan

Pakistan frees Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in bid to ease tensions

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the most senior Afghan detainee to be released

At least 18 Afghan police officers killed in a single remote Taliban ambush

Country's interior minister releases statement announcing 'deeply saddening' incident which also wounded 13 others

Relatives bury the body of Lieutenant Negar, a senior Afghan female police officer in Helmand, Afghanistan

Afghanistan: High-ranking policewoman murdered in ambush

Southern Afghanistan’s top policewoman has died after being shot in an ambush, months after her predecessor was murdered.

Afghan mine collapse kills at least 27 workers

The deaths follow a mine collapse in December in which 11 men were believed to have died

Herat attack: Afghanistan Taliban kills two in attack on US consulate

Suicide bombers breached the outer gate of the compound, allowing militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles to fire upon the consulate buildings

From Afghanistan to Manchester University: Teenager who made treacherous odyssey across 10 countries in search of 'a peaceful life' to read politics and philosophy

After completing his studies, Gulwali Passarlay plans to return to his homeland and run for the presidency

Police officers escort Terry Jones to a waiting patrol car

US pastor’s plan to burn 2,998 copies of the Koran to mark 9/11 ends in arrest

Controversial Terry Jones and an accomplice were arrested on charges related to the illegal conveyance of fuel through Florida

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be granted freedom of movement from Pakistan

Pakistan to release Taliban’s former second-in-command to help Afghan peace talks

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar would be the most senior Afghan detainee to be released to date

More female police officers are needed to end violence against women in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has only one female police officer for every 10,000 women. And they face a particularly brutal form of stigma. This has to change.

Lance-Bombardier James  Simpson, a double amputee, dove over a burning obstacle and made his his way over cargo nets during the Spartan Race in Ripon, North Yorkshire, to become the first British double amputee to complete the gruelling annual event

Double amputee James Simpson makes history in Spartan Race

Lance-Bombardier James  Simpson, a double amputee, dove over a burning obstacle and made his his way over cargo nets during the Spartan Race in Ripon, North Yorkshire, to become the first British double amputee to complete the gruelling annual event.

10 things you need to know about Tony Abbott, Australia's new prime minister

The prime-minister elect of Australia, Tony Abbott, a fitness nut, donned his helmet and headed out for an early cycle on the first morning after his Liberal National coalition won a majority of 30 seats in yesterday's election. Our editorial from Friday pointed out some of the new leader's other hobbies (cracking down on immigration, pooh-pooing climate change) and we've got a report on the shape his initial policy plans are taking. But what else do you need to know about the London-born Abbott?

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
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Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee