News Afghan children play cricket on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, near to Alinghar, Laghman where the cricket players were shot by a gunman.

Authorities say the gunman rode on a motorbike and shot the group of men

MoD criticises report that claims young army recruits perform the most dangerous roles

The Ministry of Defence has branded a new study as “wrong and misleading” that claims very young army recruits are more likely to die because they perform the most dangerous roles.

BAE to lose Washington veteran Linda Hudson

Linda Hudson, who made history as the first female boss of a major US defence contractor, is set to retire from BAE Systems.

Petition to protect rights of Afghan interpreters is delivered to Downing Street

Winston Churchill's great-grandson has delivered a petition with more than 55,000 signatures to Downing Street, demanding action from David Cameron to protect Afghan interpreters who served on the front line in Helmand with British troops.

Nato helicopter kills police at Afghan checkpoint

A Nato helicopter called in to support Afghan police at a highway checkpoint opened fire and mistakenly killed five Afghan officers, officials have said.

Nato airstrike kills five Afghan policemen in overnight 'friendly fire' incident

The aircraft, believed to be a US helicopter, also injured two other special forces servicemen and destroyed part of a police checkpoint

'The bravest of soldiers, the best of men': Victoria Cross soldier James Ashworth was killed by his own grenade

A soldier who posthumously received one of only two Victoria Crosses awarded for exceptional bravery in Afghanistan was killed by his own grenade, an inquest heard.

About 80 British soldiers travelled to Sangin to fight Taliban insurgents with the Afghan National Army (ANA), just months before it takes full control of security in the country.

British troops return to Sangin after request from Afghan army

The mission required special permission from Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

Kazakh President welcomed David Cameron to Astana earlier this month

Kazakh dictator renews friendship with David Cameron

The authoritarian leader of Kazakhstan visited David Cameron in Downing Street while he was on a private trip to London with his family this week, it has emerged.

A missing-persons poster shows nine men, who, their relatives say, were last seen being arrested by US special forces in Wardak province

Afghans arrest US interpreter accused of murdering civilians

Zakaria Kandahari ‘fled American base’ in January after his arrest was ordered

David Cameron said the case was “deeply regrettable”

'It shouldn't have happened': David Cameron regrets the case of artist from Kazakhstan refused UK visa because he had no hands

Karipbek Kuyukov couldn't enter the country because he couldn't provide fingerprints

Kazakhstan dictator heaps praise on David Cameron and says he would vote for him

President Nazarbayev said he had been watching Cameron and praised him for 'the way he protects the interests of the British people all over the world'

David Cameron talking to a group of Pakistani students in Islamabad

David Cameron defends controversial Kazakhstan trip with pledge to secure UK jobs

Pressure groups have called on the PM to raise human rights  issues with the regime

Jennifer Lopez performed one of the most unusual – and controversial – concerts of her career, when she crooned 'Happy Birthday Mr President' at a lavish ceremony to mark the 56th birthday of Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, the leader of Turkmenistan and one of the world’s most repressive dictators

Jennifer Lopez criticised over controversial concert for Turkmenistan dictator

Jennifer Lopez performed one of the most unusual – and controversial – concerts of her career this weekend, when she crooned “Happy Birthday Mr President” at a lavish ceremony to mark the 56th birthday of Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, the leader of Turkmenistan and one of the world’s most repressive dictators.

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.

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