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

Lebanon: 42 dead as car bomb explosions hit Tripoli

Lebanese Red Cross says at least 500 people here hurt

GTA 5 travelogue guide to Los Santos: Join a cult, steal a car

New featurettes promise Los Santos will be the most full-realised GTA city yet

After 150 years the truth: Scotland invented football

As Wembley prepares to host the Auld Enemy once again with a friendly for the FA's anniversary, it is time Patrick Barclay put the record straight

Syria: Assad regime forces 'kill dozens of rebels' in Damascus suburb

In the northeastern suburbs of Damascus, regime forces killed scores of rebels in an ambush early Sunday.

Eight Afghan labourers killed on way to US base

Attacks come as Taliban steps up intimidation campaign in Ramadan

Malala Yousafzai speaking at The United Nations last week

Pakistan Taliban's letter to Malala Yousafzai: We tried to kill you because you were smearing our cause - but we regret attack

A leading commander of the Pakistani Taliban has written to Malala Yousafzai – the 16-year-old schoolgirl and education advocate who survived a near-fatal assassination attempt last October – to express his regret at the attack.

President Bashar Al-Assad expanded on his recent reshuffle of the Baath leadership during an interview with the party mouth piece Al-Baath

Syria President Assad says ousted Baath party members made mistakes

All 16 members of the central committee which heads the governing party were removed

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.

The Prime Minister eating breakfast with troops

Taliban could soon be coming in from the cold

A lasting peace in Afghanistan could be secured if the former Islamic fundamentalist fighters were to have a role in the new national government and even in its army, say Western military officials

Taliban talks 'were needed a decade ago' says senior British commander

The West should have attempted talks with the Taliban a decade ago, a senior British commander in Afghanistan has said, after efforts to negotiate with the insurgents have faltered.

Baigent was a ‘great writer. He was the real thing, original and with fine virtues and integrity’

Michael Baigent: Renaissance man who questioned Christian history in his quest for truths

Baigent and Leigh were ordered to pay legal costs of £1.3m and were left pen

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl: Has been held captive since 2009

Taliban peace accord back on with talk of US hostage release

Terror group has confirmed it’s readiness to free US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held captive since 2009

Afghan policemen around the wreckage of a vehicle which was used in the suicide attack near Kabul's top court

Kabul suicide bomber kills 17 outside Afghanistan's Supreme Court

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the killings of 'ruthless prosecutors'

Female Kuwaiti teacher jailed for 11 years for insulting Emir on Twitter

A teacher has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for insulting the Emir, inciting regime change and insulting a religious sect via Twitter, two sources close to the case said.

Kabul airport attack: Two Afghan civilians and seven Taliban killed as heavily-armed insurgents launch pre-dawn raid on Nato airport HQ

At least seven attackers using rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and at least one large bomb were killed

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