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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.

Eight die in Kabul suicide attack

A devastating suicide bomb tore through Kabul's diplomatic quarter yesterday, killing eight people and injuring dozens of others in what appeared to be an assassination attempt on a former vice-president in Hamid Karzai's government.

Independent Appeal: The Afghan peace mission

Kim Sengupta reports from Farzah on a group of rural elders trying to break the cycle of tribal violence

'Corrupt' Mayor of Kabul sentenced

A court has sentenced the Afghan capital's Mayor, Mir Abdul Ahad Sahebi, above, to four years in jail for corruption and ordered him to return £9,800 of public money which it said he had "wasted" in awarding a contract without following proper procedures.

Corruption fight boosted by 'Afghan FBI'

A new anti-corruption squad trained by British and American law enforcement agents will investigate high-level Afghans implicated in their country's vast criminal circles, Afghanistan's Interior Minister announced yesterday.

A century on, UK deaths remembered in Kabul

New names had been added to the black plaques shining in the pale dawn light, those of soldiers recently fallen in this conflict. Twenty yards away neat rows of faded and chipped white gravestones stood on the hard frosty ground, the dead from another war a century ago.

Rumours grow that Abdullah will quit election

Kabul was awash with rumours that Abdullah Abdullah could be on the point of pulling out of the second round of the Afghan elections. They have been organised after President Hamid Karzai was deprived of victory following allegations of widespread fraud.

Five UN staff killed in suicide attack on Kabul guesthouse

Authorities urged to step up protection after 'dark day' for agency in Afghanistan

The accidental diplomat in Kabul

Kerry told Karzai: 'There are times when country comes before self'

Afghanistan braces for possible election run-off

Afghanistan plunged into a bout of intense diplomacy today as election officials were expected to announce whether President Hamid Karzai must face a run-off following a disputed presidential election.

16 killed in suicide strike on Nato convoy in Kabul

Berlusconi threatens to withdraw troops after six Italians perish in attack

Six Italian soldiers among 16 killed in Kabul

A suicide car bomber killed at least 16 people, including six Italian soldiers, in an attack on a military convoy on a road in the centre of Kabul today, the worst strike suffered by Italians in Afghanistan.

Kabul parliament's anger over release of journalist

The freeing of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, a student who was sentenced to death for promoting women's rights in Afghanistan, has been condemned by the country's upper house of parliament.

Karzai 'victory' provokes fresh crisis between Kabul and West

Even opponents of the President have closed ranks behind him after the UN ordered a recount into the disputed election results

Taliban car bomber kills three in Kabul

A car bomb exploded near the entrance to the military airport in Kabul early today in an apparent attack on a Nato convoy, killing at least three civilians, Afghan officials said.

Clerics and hardliners vent their fury at Pervez release

Conservatives threaten backlash over student who promoted women's rights
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