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Previously secret documents indicate Margaret Thatcher knew about possible SAS involvement in 1984 Indian army raid

Soldiers' deaths still 'unclear'

An Army medic killed while on patrol in Afghanistan was described yesterday by her grieving sister as a brave, beautiful, and determined woman.

Army medic and Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan firefight that started by 'mistake'

An army medic, who died alongside a Royal Marine in a firefight in Helmand involving the local police, has become the third woman soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.

Amarullah Ali, right, with British troops during Operation Omid Do in Helmand

Royal Marine and female medic killed on patrol in Helmand

A Royal Marine and a woman soldier have died from injuries received while on patrol in Afghanistan.

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

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.

Police commandos outside the scene of the siege in Karlsruhe

Gunman kills four and himself in Karlsruhe siege

A man facing forcible eviction from his home took four people hostage and shot them dead before turning his gun on himself yesterday after he barricaded himself inside his apartment in the German city of Karlsruhe during a police siege of the building.

German gunman kills landlord, bailiff, locksmith, girlfriend and himself during apartment eviction

A heavily armed man whose girlfriend was being evicted from her apartment today killed four people, including the new owner and a court bailiff who were shot execution style, before turning a shotgun on himself, German authorities said.

Bin Laden family is deported

Pakistani authorities deported Osama bin Laden's three widows and his children to Saudi Arabia early today, less than a week before the first anniversary of the American raid that killed the al-Qa'ida leader in his hideout.

French members of the French National Police Intervention Group (GIPN) arrest suspected radical Islamists

French police launch new swoops on suspected Islamists

Elite French police arrested 10 suspected Islamists in early morning raids today in several cities, including Marseille, a police source said.

Islamist sect blamed for Nigeria kidnappings

A Briton and Italian were abducted by a splinter cell of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram and executed before a failed operation to rescue them, Nigeria's State Security Service said yesterday.

After riding Dildar to win at Taunton, Ruby Walsh said: 'It was his first time and he'll improve a lot'

Nicholls takes Triumph aim with Dildar

It had seemed remarkable enough that two of the first five in the JCB Triumph Hurdle market – Minsk and Dildar – were yet to leave the ground in public. Still less accountably, however, Dildar was actually eased in the betting after duly making a winning start to his hurdling career at Taunton yesterday.

Pakistanis protest against the Nato strike on Pakistan troops

US accepts some blame for Nato strike that killed Pakistani troops

Hopes of easing fraught diplomatic relations come as Islamabad faces fresh political crisis

India captain MS Dhoni receives death threats

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been given extra police security following terrorist threats.

Kurdish ferry hijacker shot dead by Turkish commandos

A ferry hijacking by a Kurdish militant was foiled yesterday after Turkish army commandos disguised themselves as hostages, infiltrated the boat and killed the hijacker.

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