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Dharmender Singh Phangurha was a prospective Labour MEP whose promising political career was cut tragically short in a Taliban suicide attack at a restaurant in Kabul. Del Singh, as he was better known, was one of two Britons killed along with 19 others, including senior UN officials, US workers, eight Afghan dignitaries and members of staff of the popular restaurant, La Taverna du Liban, in what was described as the "deadliest violence against foreign civilians" in Afghanistan since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Ed Balls steamed up after presenting David Cameron with a perfect birthday gift

It all started so amiably. Not only did Ed Miliband wish David Cameron a happy birthday, but both men fell over themselves to congratulate Professor Peter Higgs of boson fame for winning a Nobel Prize. And then, to borrow a term from Prof Higgs’ branch of physics, it all reverted to the Standard Model of PM’s Questions: half-truths, dodgy statistics and old quotes to show your adversary once thought the opposite of what he says now.

The painful truth: Energy bills will keep rising, whatever politicians say

It is time to end the fiction that energy bills can be brought down by fiat

For newspapers with concerns over Parliament-approved Royal Charter, there is hope

News that a sub-committee of the Privy Council has thrown out a Royal Charter produced by the newspaper industry is undoubtedly a disappointment to most publishers. But for those papers with concerns over the Parliament-approved Royal Charter, there is hope.

Miliband's performance at the Labour conference failed to make much of an impression on voters

Ed Miliband has yet to convince voters he can be PM, poll of polls reveals

Conference success only changed his rating from ‘dire’ to ‘poor’

Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Ed Miliband accused of lurch to the left as he demotes Blairites Liam Byrne and Stephen Twigg in Shadow Cabinet reshuffle

Ed Miliband was accused of demoting prominent Blairites today after he reshuffled his Shadow Cabinet in an attempt to sharpen up Labour’s team before the 2015 general election.

Indyplus video: Ed Miliband v Daily Mail key moments

Ed Miliband's row with the Daily Mail, which has refused to apologise for an article labelling Marxist professor and father of the Labour leader Ralph Miliband, "the man who hated Britain", continues to dominate the political agenda.

Watch some of the key developments in the videos below:

The Daily Mail might just have handed Miliband the keys to power

Outrage at the attack on the Labour leader's father transcends politics

The reclamation of socialism is crucial for Britain's future

Ralph Miliband's philosophy as more relevant than ever
Rising: Rachel Reeves, with Ed Balls in Brighton last month

David Cameron and Ed Miliband vote for women in reshuffles

Party leaders to promote a number of female MPs to more prominent roles

Donald Macintyre: Ed Miliband’s stand against the Daily Mail could represent a significant political turning-point

He is the first party leader of modern times to confront the popular press

Alastair Campbell photographed at his north London home

The Daily Mail and Labour: It is tempting to wish a plague on both their houses

Though his message was correct, Alastair Campbell was the wrong man to deliver it

Ed Miliband V Daily Mail: Francis Maude criticises newspaper over 'pretty revolting' story

Cabinet Office Minister becomes the Mail's harshest Tory critic yet

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Best new ideas in politics are still the old ideas

Top politicians are brilliant at making old ideas sound as good as new. Ed Miliband’s is One Nation. David Cameron proclaimed – 13 times – that Tory Britain would be a “land of opportunity” as if it hadn’t been deployed by practically every party leader in memory.

Ralph in 1958 from 'Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left' by Michael Newman

The Daily Mail vs Ed Miliband - now the flames have really been stoked

Sometimes they print things so myopic that you feel a fly on the wall might learn something genuinely new about human nature

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John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

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Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

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Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

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Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

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