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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.

US drone strike kills 16 suspected militants in Pakistan

Unmanned US aircraft fired four missiles at a house in north-west Pakistan today, killing 16 suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale

Court martial told: former SAS sergeant Danny Nightingale is lying over illegal gun

Prosecutor says ex-sniper has changed story about how he came to be in possession of it and is now lying

The Prime Minister eating breakfast with troops

Taliban could soon be coming in from the cold

A lasting peace in Afghanistan could be secured if the former Islamic fundamentalist fighters were to have a role in the new national government and even in its army, say Western military officials

David Cameron to ask Pakistan's PM for help on Afghanistan

David Cameron will today ask Pakistan's re-elected leader to help shore up security in the region – and to stay out of Afghanistan as it takes it first faltering steps as an independent democracy. Mr Cameron will become the first major leader to meet Nawaz Sharif, as he starts an unprecedented third term as prime minister.

David Cameron flies into Afghanistan as army warns British troops will stay to support Afghan forces for up to five years

British troops will be stuck in Afghanistan for up to five years after Nato’s “final” withdrawal from the war-torn country by the end of 2014.

Taliban talks 'were needed a decade ago' says senior British commander

The West should have attempted talks with the Taliban a decade ago, a senior British commander in Afghanistan has said, after efforts to negotiate with the insurgents have faltered.

If it’s like father, like son, Qatar's Emir Tamim will certainly be no pushover

The nation he built is  a flea which happily bites any great power that gets in its way

A TV screen shows a news report about Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Edward Snowden’s decision to run is a sound tactical choice

I wish the fugitive well. But we should focus on what he revealed, not who he is

TV review: Wild Shepherdess - Look out, chaps, there's a goat botherer about!

She makes yoghurt, she spins yarn, she looks nice in a fleece. But when will Kate Humble's gap year ever end?

Investment in Blood, By Frank Ledwidge

Was it worth it? This indictment of our Afghan venture gives a crushing negative

Taliban: Exchange of five Guantanamo captives for American prisoner of war must happen before peace talks

Senior spokesman for insurgent group says 'We want to build bridges of confidence'

The problem with the Taliban peace talks is not women, it’s their absence

Although women and girls are disproportionately affected by conflict, their experiences and instrumental contribution to peace are often overlooked

A Syrian boy refugee in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border in June 2013

'Truly alarming': Syria conflict boosts worldwide refugee numbers to highest number for almost two decades

UN reports that more than 7m fled homes in last year, many from Syria crisis

Taliban admits attack that kills four US troops in Afghanistan just hours after insurgent group announced it would hold peace talks

The Afghan Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four US troops on the same day that peace talks between America and the group were announced.

A Jackal armoured vehicle, which cost £350,000 each

British military stock left over from Afghan war being moved out

The details of what has been happening to Britain’s military equipment in Afghanistan were given today as the government there assumed responsibility for security across the country and international forces embarked on the final part of their exit strategy from the war.

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