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The policemen were guarding polio vaccination workers

Breaking: Ten children, two soldiers and a policeman killed in Afghanistan suicide blast

20 other students were wounded in explosion near a marketplace

The news is a blow to the incoming government of Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan Taliban withdraw peace offer after death of deputy leader in drone strike as Khan Said is appointed the new No 2

A spokesman for the Pakistan Taliban said the group was withdrawing its offer of peace talks following the drone strike that killed the group's deputy leader.

Deputy Pakistani Taliban leader Wali-ur-Rehman, left, is reported to be among the dead

Pakistan Taliban No 2 Waliur Rehman is buried after being killed in drone strike, claim intelligence officials

The Pakistani Taliban's deputy leader was buried hours after he was killed in a US drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials and militants said on Thursday.

EDL Leader Tommy Robinson speaks to supporters during a demonstration near Downing Street on Monday

Woolwich attack: Personal details including mobile phone numbers of 'EDL members' leaked online by hacking group Anonymous

Personal details including mobile phone numbers purporting to belong to members of the English Defence League have been leaked online by individuals claiming to be part of the international hacking group Anonymous.

Nawaz Sharif hopes the 'Godfather of the Taliban' Sami ul Haq, pictured, can help in negotiations with Islamists

Pakistan's incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif reaches out to 'Godfather of the Taliban' Sami ul Haq for help in negotiations with Islamists

During the election campaign, Mr Sharif said he would 'withdraw' the country from America’s war on terror

Dan Brown attends his An Evening With Dan Brown event, to promote his new novel Inferno, at the Freemason's Hall, London.

The Freemasons' Code: Dan Brown reveals the message that told him the door to the lodge is open

His best-selling novels illuminate the shadowy organisations that supposedly run the world. But Dan Brown was “honoured” to receive an invitation to join the Freemasons, the arcane fraternity whose tentacles are said to extend into the highest echelons of power.

Ali Haider Gilani: The kidnapped politician is running for parliament

Son of former Pakistan prime minister kidnapped at election rally

Yousaf Raza Gilani's son, Ali Haider, who is running for parliament, was at a small gathering of supporters when gunmen struck

14 killed in Pakistan bomb blast

A bomb blast has killed at least 14 people at an election campaign rally held by a pro-Taliban party in north-west Pakistan.

One Fluminense fan showing his warrior spirit

Brazilian football champions Fluminense call for an end to fans' 'Taliban' web campaign

Club says Islamic militants are 'not healthy warriors'

Hundreds flee Syrian town after overnight massacre

Hundreds of Sunni Muslims fled Syria's coastal town of Banias yesterday, after reports circulated that fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed dozens of people overnight. Activists claimed the killings took place two days after state forces and pro-Assad militias killed at least 50 Sunnis in the nearby village of Baida. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group, posted online a video showing the bodies of 10 people – half of them children. One toddler was covered in burns. Reports and videos of the killings could not be independently verified as the Syrian government restricts access for independent media.

A roadside bomb has killed five American soldiers in southern Afghanistan

Five American soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

Latest deadly attack since insurgents launched spring offensive

Assad regime accused of massacre of 50 Sunni villagers

Syria’s main opposition group has accused President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of committing a “large-scale massacre” in a Sunni village near the Mediterranean coast. Activists claim at least 50 people were killed with guns, knives and blunt objects.

People escort a shocked Pakistani politician, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, center, who survived a suicide attack, at a hospital in Peshawar

As Pakistan prepares for crucial election, the Taliban turn to force to squeeze liberals out of power

Campaigns by  secular parties have been crippled by wave of attacks

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Texas explosion: Biblical scene of destruction on Waco’s doorstep

Another tragedy strikes Texas town as explosion at fertiliser plant kills up to 15 and flattens landscape

The Branch Davidian compound in flames in 1993 after a shootout following a 51-day siege: 76 sect members died inside

Texas explosion: Apocalypse returns 20 years later to site of deadly raid on messianic sect holed up in Waco

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