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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.

Afghan residents walk to receive winter blankets during a relief distribution programme in Herat. Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan with one of the highest internally displaced populations in the world

There is deep foreboding in Afghanistan over the West’s departure

The history of Afghanistan's last ten years is the history of the West walking away

British soldier killed by enemy fire serving in Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers

A British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan while serving with the Royal Engineers.

Russell Brand’s autobiography has been banned from Guantánamo Bay, a detained suspect has revealed.

Russell Brand’s autobiography Booky Wook 2 banned from Guantanamo Bay

'Booky Wook 2' was among literature deemed inappropriate for inmates

Afghan mine collapse kills at least 27 workers

The deaths follow a mine collapse in December in which 11 men were believed to have died

Female Afghan bank clerk flees with $1m

A young bank clerk has disappeared from her job in Kabul along with more than $1m.

Hamid Karzai and UN condemn killing of civilians by Taliban in Afghanistan

Insurgents shot and killed 12 civilians in two separate incidents over the weekend, including six aid workers employed on government projects, officials said Tuesday.

Nato helicopter kills police at Afghan checkpoint

A Nato helicopter called in to support Afghan police at a highway checkpoint opened fire and mistakenly killed five Afghan officers, officials have said.

Eight Afghan labourers killed on way to US base

Attacks come as Taliban steps up intimidation campaign in Ramadan

Afghanistan: Briton killed in Kabul suicide bombing

A British man killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan was named last night by the Foreign Office. Mark Duffus was one of at least eight people who died in the blast at a Nato supplier's compound in Kabul.

Afghanistan: Taliban launch suicide bomb attack on Kabul's presidential palace

A series of explosions rocked the gate leading into the presidential compound, believed to be one of the most secure places in the region

Taliban admits attack that kills four US troops in Afghanistan just hours after insurgent group announced it would hold peace talks

The Afghan Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four US troops on the same day that peace talks between America and the group were announced.

Two killed in Afghanistan as hundreds protest over US ‘torture’

Hundreds of Afghans blocked a major motorway south of Kabul carrying freshly dug-up bodies they claimed were victims of torture by US special forces and demanding the Americans be arrested, officials said.

Theatre review: The Kite Runner, Theatre Royal, Brighton Festival

It was always going to be a tall order bringing Khaled Hosseini’s mega-selling 2003 novel about friendship, betrayal and exile to the stage.

Two American soldiers among 15 killed in Kabul suicide bomb attack on Afghan Nato convoy

Muslim militant group Hizb-e-Islami have claimed responsibility for the early morning attack

Afghan policeman kills five colleagues

A member of Afghanistan's government-backed militia programme has shot and killed five of his colleagues, an official said today.

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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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