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Troops in Afghanistan are searching for Mullah Fazlullah

Taliban leader suspected in Malala Yousafzai's shooting has history of conflict with military

The Taliban leader who apparently ordered the assassination of a Pakistani schoolgirl last week may not be well-known outside the remote, picturesque Swat Valley. But there he is infamous for his long campaign against female education.

The Sessions, BFI London Film Festival

Based on the true story of Mark O'Brien, a journalist from California bed-bound since childhood after a bout of polio, The Sessions is the improbably cheery, touching and surprisingly funny story of Mark's quest to lose his virginity. The Forty Year Old Virgin meets The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, if you will.

Police stop two 'visitors' for Malala

Two people were stopped by police at the hospital where shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai is being treated and claimed to be her relatives. One reportedly said she was the girl's mother, although Malala's family have not yet travelled to the UK.

Car bombing kills 17 in northwest Pakistan

A car bomb tore through a crowded bazaar outside an office for anti-Taliban tribal elders today in north-western Pakistan, killing at least 17 people, officials said.

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Pakistani police say they have arrested a number of suspects in the case of a 14-year-old girl shot and wounded by the Taliban after promoting girls' education and speaking out about Taliban atrocities.

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Pakistani doctors remove bullet from 14-year-old girl shot by Taliban

Schools in Pakistan's Swat Valley have closed in protest as anger erupted across the country over the Taliban's attack on a 14-year-old activist famed for promoting girls' education.

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