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The policemen were guarding polio vaccination workers

At least 17 killed in suicide bomb attacks in north-west Pakistan

At least 17 people have been killed in north-west Pakistan after suicide bombers targeted the commander of a pro-government militia. Another 20 people were injured in the attack.

US generals forced to retire early over Taliban attack

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The Breath of Night, By Michael Arditti. Arcadia, £11.99

Matters of extreme religious or political belief rarely trouble modern British novelists, whose default setting is agnostic/liberal. The nagging question behind most criticism of Graham Greene is "Surely he didn't believe in sin? In God? In Hell?" A similar worry may affect readers of Michael Arditti's latest novel. Greene would have appreciated the setting in the steamy Philippines, a country corrupted by an unholy alliance of church and state, and the cast of apostate priests, brutal police, and a young protagonist thrown into a world almost beyond his moral comprehension.

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Christians hold protests over attack which killed 85 in Peshawar church

Pakistan’s interior minister hints at plans to protect places of worship

People light candles during a memorial ceremony for the Christian victims of twin suicide bombing that targeted a Christian Church in Peshawar, in Lahore, Pakistan

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In Germany's Twelve Tribes sect, cameras catch ‘cold and systematic’ child-beating

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Pakistan to release Taliban’s former second-in-command to help Afghan peace talks

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Girl Reading (Malala Yousafazi) by Jonathan Yeo is to go on show at the National Portrait Gallery

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Police take 40 children out of sect in Germany after abuse fears

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