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The policemen were guarding polio vaccination workers

Provincial minister among nine dead in Taliban bombing at Pakistan rally

Taliban Islamic militants bombed a political rally in Pakistan's northern city of Peshawar today, killing nine people including a provincial minister, officials said, the latest in a string of high-profile attacks.

Malala Yousafzai, left, is visited by the Pakistani president’s daughter, Asifa Bhutto, in hospital in Birmingham

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A girl with a marked finger after being immunised in Lahore

Fresh wave of militant attacks sees UN suspend its polio programme

New killings follow the murder of six female vaccinators in the country on Tuesday

Russell Brand takes on the Westboro Baptist Church

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Pakistan: Car bomb kills 17 in crowded market

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Police engage in gunbattle with Pakistan militants at airport

Police are engaged in a gunbattle with militants believed to have been involved in an attack on the military side of an international airport in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar.

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Gunmen assassinate senior women's advocate in Afghanistan

A senior advocate for women in Afghanistan was shot dead by unknown gunmen Monday, officials said, the latest assassination of a women's rights activist in the country.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Afghan president sees Pakistani work in bombing attempt on spy chief

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has charged that the suicide bomber who tried to kill his top intelligence aide in the Afghan capital on Thursday had come from next-door Pakistan and that the assassination plot had been "designed" there.

Plenty of welly: Alastair Cook draws admiring glances as he and his bride ride off in a tractor on their wedding day

The Last Word: Let's all raise a glass to the Young Farmer down my local

After his exploits in India, Alastair Cook is about to go from ordinary local lad to global celebrity

Bomber posing as peace envoy wounds Afghan spy chief

A Taliban suicide bomber posing as a peace messenger wounded Afghanistan's intelligence chief in Kabul today, another sign that the government is struggling to improve security ahead of a Nato pullout in 2014.

The mosque would have a prayer hall for up to 7,440 men and a separate facility for about 2,000 women

Rejected: the mosque plan that grew so big it attracted the wrong sort of crowd

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Suicide bombers hit US-Afghan air base, killing five

A squad of nine suicide bombers attacked a major US-Afghan air base in the eastern city of Jalalabad just after dawn Sunday, exploding bombs at the front gate and sparking a lengthy firefight with both Afghan and NATO forces inside.

Suicide bomb kills two in Afghanistan

A suicide attacker detonated a car laden with explosives in eastern Afghanistan, killing two civilians and wounding about 60 others.

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