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The policemen were guarding polio vaccination workers

'Nun' sentenced over envelopes containing white powder that were sent to Nick Clegg

A pensioner claiming to be a Catholic nun who sent envelopes containing white powder to parliamentary figures including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was given a community order today.

Pakistan releases at least seven Taliban prisoners at the request of Afghan government

Pakistan has released at least seven Taliban prisoners at the request of the Afghan government in a move that observers believe will help push forward the stumbling peace process with the militant group.

Thierry Tilly was sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court for kidnapping, psychological subjection, fraud and abuse of the vulnerable

'Guru' who conned French aristocrats out of £3.6m jailed

Fraudster convinced victims he was a  Nato masterspy sent to protect them

Joaquin Phoenix plays a brittle anti-hero who falls in with a cult

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Anderson's latest film is a puzzling, slippery, and brilliantly acted portrait of post-war American damage and disintegration

Islamist suspects 'held inhumanely' in Nigeria claims human rights group

Nigeria is illegally holding hundreds of people suspected of taking part in violence orchestrated by a radical Islamist sect, a rights group warned today, adding that they were being kept in inhumane conditions and denied access to lawyers.

Pakistani boys attend a class at a school in the mountainous area of the Jhanda tribal district of Mohmand Hills

Continuous armed conflict makes education difficult in Pakistan

At Oxford Public Middle School, an enthusiastic group of students recite their lesson for the day: learning how to count. Only here there are no desks, no chairs and even the teacher's chair doesn't have a cushion.

Beware George Osborne, we ‘environmental Taliban’ are on the march

Make no mistake: the coalition in favour of sustainable energy is broadening all the time and the Chancellor looks increasingly alone

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.

Malala Yousafzai had to have a bullet removed from her head by surgeons after an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen

Pakistani police make arrests over Taliban shooting of Malala Yousufzai on school bus

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.

Malala Yousufzai, the Taliban's reign of terror, and the brutal cost of cowardice in today's Pakistan

A novelist laments the suffering of a young Pashtun activist

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.

The Pakistani Taliban warned yesterday that it opposes a planned “peace march” into dangerous tribal areas led by Imran Khan

Pakistani Taliban warn Imran Khan over 'peace march' into Waziristan

The Pakistani Taliban warned yesterday that it will oppose a planned “peace march” led by Imran Khan, and accused the cricketer-turned-politician of being “a slave of the West” who is using the issue of US drone strike for his own political gain.

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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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