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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

Marines from 42 Commando in Now Zad, Afghanistan

Laptop footage triggered arrest of Helmand Marines

Murder suspicions were raised during porn investigation by civilian police

Three Nato service members and translator killed in Afghanistan bombing

Three Nato service members and their translator have been killed in a bombing in eastern Afghanistan, officials said today.

'Insider shooting' marks 2,000 US dead in Afghanistan

An Afghan soldier turned his gun on US troops at a checkpoint on Saturday in the country's east, killing two Americans and at least two members of Afghanistan's army.

Afghan gold fever heats up

The troubled country's untapped mineral resources could transform its future, if security can be improved. By Mark Leftly

Disabled former Royal Marine Commando speaks of zip wire entry into Paralympics opening ceremony

Some people paid hundreds of pounds to get prime seating at last night's opening ceremony. But Joe Townsend got a bird's eye view of the stadium for free.

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Vatican urges G20 to convene crisis summit on food prices

Holy See attacks grain speculators for profiting from the most poor and needy on the planet

Afghan militant rocket damages US joint chief of staff's plane

Militants have fired rockets into an American base in Afghanistan, damaging the US joint chief of staff's plane while he was on a visit, a military official said today.

Leading article: Drone attacks must not be hidden from the law

President Obama has presided over a tenfold increase in attacks in Pakistan

Seven US troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

Eleven people were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, including seven US soldiers and three Afghan allies, the Nato-led force in the country said.

British soldier killed in Afghanistan

A soldier from 3rd Battalion The Rifles has been killed while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.

Three US troops killed in Afghanistan

A man in an Afghan army uniform shot and killed three American service members this morning in southern Afghanistan, the US military command said.

Yamile Aldama fell 31 cm short of a medal in the women’s triple jump last night

Long journey ends in sand and sadness for Team GB's Yamile Aldama

Cuban-born Briton finishes fourth Games, and her bold quest for a medal, with fifth place

British player Colin Oates lost his repêchage bout to Cho Junho of South Korea

Judo: Colin Oates misses out in quest for medal

Britain's Colin Oates missed out on the chance to fight for Olympic judo bronze when he was beaten by Jun-Ho Cho of Korea in the repechage of the men's under-66kgs at ExCeL.

Nato says Afghan militant attacks are up 11%

Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the past three months were up 11 per cent, compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics on monthly violence released by the US-led coalition. 

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