News A policeman and relatives gather around the flag-draped casket of a policeman, who was killed in a bomb attack in Charsadda, on the outskirts of Peshawar

The policemen were guarding polio vaccination workers

11 killed in Afghanistan suicide bike blast

A man riding a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed his vehicle into a patrol of Afghan and international forces in eastern Afghanistan today, killing at least 11 people, including three international service members and their translator, officials said.

Egyptology takes you back thousands of years to explore an ancient civilisation - their texts, temples, and monuments. This is the Great Sphinx of Tanis, at the Louvre Museum in Paris

What's it like to study... Egyptology

Just over a decade ago, Gemma Smith decided she was going to be "the next Evelyn O’Connell". She has since graduated from Swansea University with a first class honours degree in Egyptology, and is about to start her MA in Ancient Egyptian Culture.

Slaughter in Helmand as Taliban fighters deliver show of power

US Marines unable to prevent 17 victims having throats slit by insurgents

Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah dies in Afghanistan airstrike

A Nato airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed a dozen militants including a senior leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, the international military coalition has revealed.

Mexico religious cult refuses to allow schools into walled community

Adherents of a religious sect in western Mexico are physically blocking school teachers from entering their walled community, setting up one of the most high-profile confrontations between religious and civil authorities in Mexico since the 1930s.

Professor Richard Dawkins, 71, best known for being an atheist

Richard Dawkins: received in the Holy Land, reviled in the Highlands

Hardline Presbyterians furious at celebrity atheist's invitation to Hebridean book festival

Album: Bill Fay, Life Is People (Dead Oceans)

Success in songwriting is as much a lottery as a measure of true quality.

Khan in Karachi last year

Page 3 Profile: Imran Khan, cricketer and politician

Now there was a bowler!

Imran Khan vows to go ahead with protest against US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region despite purported Taliban death threats

The Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has vowed to go ahead with a rally in Pakistan’s tribal areas aimed at highlighting the human cost of US drone strikes despite a purported death threat levelled at him by the Taliban.

Members of the underground sect in Russia's Volga River province of Tatarstan province stand at the gate of a house outside the provincial capital, Kazan

Underground sect found after nearly a decade in Russian city of Kazan

Seventy members of an Islamist sect who have been living in an underground bunker without heat or sunlight for nearly a decade have been discovered living on the outskirts of the city of Kazan in Russia, local media reported.

Formation of a breakaway Alawite state may be Assad's 'Plan B' if he loses control of Syrian capital Damascus

The seperate state could run along the Syrian coast the King of Jordan has warned.

19 killed in attack on Christian church in Nigeria

Gunmen have shot dead at least 19 people in a Christian church in central Nigeria, according to an army official.

Amish such as the Lapp family are not normally allowed to be photographed

Amish: A Secret Life, BBC2, Thursday
Vexed, BBC2, Wednesday

The look is familiar, but the Amish remain hard to know, despite this window into their world

Carolyn Sampson and Joelle Harvey in the operatic B Minor Mass

Prom 26, Royal Albert Hall, London
Susanna, Ilford Festival, Wiltshire
Prom 21, Robert Albert Hall

Bach's B Minor Mass is too grand for liturgical use, but it was powerful, moving and dramatic at the Royal Albert Hall

Soldier shot dead in Shi'ite area of Saudi Arabia

A Saudi soldier was shot dead patrolling an area populated by minority Shi'ite Muslims last night, the Interior Ministry said, and one of the gunmen was killed in the ensuing shoot-out.

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New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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