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Afghanistan considers that Pakistan holds significant influence over Taliban, who are believed to launch attacks from bases in the country

Dr Imran Farooq: The Pakistani politician living in exile in London was murdered in the capital in 2010

Man arrested in connection with London murder of Imran Farooq

Scotland Yard on Monday made its first arrest for nearly three years in connection with the murder of a prominent Pakistani politician who was battered and stabbed to death while continuing to work from exile in London.

Nawaz Sharif faces challenges over electricity, building the economy, and tackling militancy

Pakistan election: Fourteen years after he was ousted, Nawaz Sharif welcomes journalists to his country house and returns with warm words for old enemies

Andrew Buncombe joins Pakistan’s new PM at his country house where he hears about his headaches over electricity, building the economy, and tackling militancy

Supporters of Imran Khan at a rally in Karachi yesterday

Thousands gather to hear Imran Khan’s hospital bed election address

PTI supporters hope a late surge can lift former cricketer to win Saturday’s vote

Supporters of Imran Khan flash victory signs, main image; the retired cricketer following his fall on Tuesday

Nawaz Sharif’s election enterprise haunted by return of Imran Khan

Former cricket idol challenges front-runner seeking third term in Pakistan

Imran Khan is taken to hospital in Lahore

Imran Khan fractures skull after falling off lift at election rally

The former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan fractured his skull and required hospital treatment after he fell from a fork-lift truck that was carrying him on to the stage at a packed rally.

The News Matrix: Thursday 11 October 2012

Fighter jets force down Syrian plane

The News Matrix: Wednesday 10 October 2012

Few teachers back scrapping of GCSEs

The News Matrix: Tuesday 9 October 2012

Brain-damaged man won't be resuscitated

The News Matrix: Monday 8 October 2012

Israeli jets fly mock raids over villages

Tendulkar's long wait for his 100th international century came to an end as he moved into three figures in the Asia Cup clash with Bangladesh. The 'Little Master' had been stuck on 99 tons on the international stage since March last year, when he hit 111 in the World Cup against South Africa in Nagpur. The 100th ton was 38-year-old's 49th in ODIs - while he has 51 in Test cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar: a career in pictures

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar today recorded his 100th international century, a remarkable feat to add to the myriad of achievements already completed during the course of a remarkable career.

MATTHEW FLEMING: Afghan women are often warned against playing cricket, says the former all-rounder

Afghan women look to emulate meteoric rise of the men's team

Being a woman in Afghanistan is not easy, being a woman in Afghanistan who wants to play cricket only ups the difficulty level. “Women,” says Diana Barakzai, “are victims of unacceptable rules that prevented them leaving the house.”

David Warner, of Australia, celebrates reaching his century against Sri Lanka in Brisbane

Warner gives Australia lead despite Sri Lanka's late flurry

David Warner smacked a swashbuckling 163 before Australia weathered a fierce fightback to secure a 15-run win over Sri Lanka in the first final of the one-day Tri-Series in Brisbane yesterday.

Jenny Gunn: The bowler took two wickets in helping England win the first one-day international in New Zealand

Gunn faces new inquiry into her bowling action

England seam bowler Jenny Gunn has been reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on account of her bowling action in the first one-day international against New Zealand.

Callum Flynn opens the batting for England’s disability team

Callum Flynn: From battling cancer to batting for England

The 16-year-old cricketer fought off bone cancer and loves his role with disability team. He's also Britain's 'kindest kid'. He talks to Jack Gaughan

Eoin Morgan has been in disappointing form

Eoin Morgan must fight for England Test return says Andy Flower

Team director Andy Flower has warned Eoin Morgan there will be no easy return to England's Test side after being dropped for next month's trip to Sri Lanka.

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