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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.

Last night's viewing - Afghanistan: The Great Game, BBC2; The Queen and I, ITV1

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The French president François Hollande (right) with Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Hollande visits the French troops he's taking home

The French president François Hollande continued his whirlwind introduction to office yesterday with a snap visit to Afghanistan to defend his early withdrawal of French troops.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato’s Secretary General, says the timetable remains unchanged

Leaders talk up united front despite division in the ranks over timetable

Revised deadline from new French regime does not mean 'rush for exits', says Secretary General

Hillary Clinton presses Pakistan to do more to stamp out terrorism

Standing next to India's foreign minister, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed neighbouring Pakistan today to do more to stamp out homegrown terrorism, in comments likely to please the Indian government but annoy Pakistani leaders.

The scene of the suicide bombing in Kabul which killed seven

Taliban bombers strike after Obama flies in and promises to 'finish the job'

Seven die in Kabul attack as US President says he will not keep American troops 'in harm's way'

Militants arrested in Afghanistan with ten tons of explosives

Afghan security forces have arrested five militants with 10 tons of explosives that they had brought from Pakistan to use to carry out a massive attack in Kabul, as well as another three planning an assassination attempt against the vice president.

Afghan forces defeat Taliban assault on Kabul as militant blames Haqqani network for attacks

A militant arrested in the attacks on the Afghan capital and three other cities has confessed that the 18-hour assault was carried out by the Haqqani network, a lethal group of fighters with ties to the Taliban and al-Qa'ida, a top Afghan security official said today.

Taliban launch coordinated attacks across Kabul

The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks on as many as seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting Nato bases, the parliament and Western embassies. Militants also launched near-simultaneous assaults in three other eastern cities.

'Afghan plot to murder UK ambassador foiled'

A plot to assassinate the former British ambassador to Afghanistan was foiled, the UK's current representative in Kabul has said.

The killings raise questions about whether it is safe for Nato forces to trust the Afghan army, which recruited 12 former Taliban fighters

Rogue Afghan soldier kills British troops inside base

Two dead after assassin tricks his way into heavily armed compound and then opens fire

12 dead in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Twelve people died today when a Turkish helicopter crashed into a house near the Afghan capital Kabul.

Flags fly in Washington in readiness for the Prime Minister's visit

Cameron and Obama: Both sides hope they can win in the game of basketball diplomacy

Afghanistan is on fire and the leaders of the two largest Nato powers fighting there, Barack Obama and David Cameron, were headed for a college basketball game in Ohio. Popcorn and hotdogs were on the agenda.

Afghanistan: New clashes over burning of Koran leave seven dead

Seven people were killed in clashes between Afghan security forces and protesters demonstrating against the burning of Korans by foreign soldiers at a Nato base near Kabul.

Seven killed in Afghanistan Koran burning protests

Seven people were killed today in clashes between Afghan security forces and protesters demonstrating against the burning of Muslim holy books at a Nato military base.

Afghan youths throw stones at US soldiers standing at the gate of Bagram airbase during the protest

Outrage in Afghanistan as foreign forces burn Koran

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