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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.

Protest over burning of Korans in Afghanistan

More than 2,000 angry Afghans have gathered outside a US airbase to protest against the inadvertent burning of Korans and other Islamic religious materials.

Children die in Afghanistan's big freeze

More than 40 people, most of them children, have frozen to death in what has been Afghanistan's coldest winter in years.

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Arifa Akbar looks forward to Tate Modern's retrospective of the Italian artist Alighiero Boetti

On top of the world: 'Mappa 1994' by Alighiero Boetti, whose work influenced artists such as Damien Hirst

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Arifa Akbar looks forward to Tate Modern's retrospective of Italian artist Alighiero Boetti

Washington's withdrawal of its troops, including those in the Korengal Valley, is an admission of defeat

Patrick Cockburn: The death of the American dream in Afghanistan

A devastating leaked Nato report shows the extent of US failure, as the Taliban prepare for the occupying forces to leave

US told to end blame game on support for Taliban

A leaked US military report claiming Pakistan supported the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan should be "disregarded", Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, said yesterday.

Five die in government building attack in Afghanistan

At least five people were killed in a fire fight after a group of insurgents tried to storm a government building in eastern Afghanistan today, police said.

Karzai vows action over tortured girl

President Hamid Karzai has said police will arrest members of a family accused of torturing and illegally detaining their son's teenage wife for the past six months while trying to force her into a life of crime.

Karzai vows action over tortured girl

President Hamid Karzai has said police will arrest members of a family accused of torturing and illegally detaining their son's teenage wife for the past six months while trying to force her into a life of crime.

The Amu Darya River Basin, to which China now has access, is said to contain 87 million barrels of oil

China first to win oil-hunt rights in the scramble for Afghanistan

China already has the biggest single foreign investment in Afghanistan – a £2.2bn copper mining deal

Serviceman caught in Afghan blast dies of injuries

A member of the Royal Air Force who was injured in the same explosion which killed a Royal Marine in Afghanistan has died of his injuries, the Ministry of Defence said today.

Hugh Carless: Diplomat who explored the Hindu Kush with Eric Newby

In 1956 the explorer Eric Newby sent a telegram to Hugh Carless, then Second Secretary in the British embassy in Rio de Janeiro, asking, "Can you travel Nuristan June?" Carless replied blithely, "Of course, Hugh." Thus began their classic travel tale, lovingly recounted in Newby's enduring bestseller, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush.

Special Forces member dies in Afghanistan blast

A member of the Special Forces was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan today.

Norwegian author cleared of breaching privacy

A Norwegian appeals court has acquitted the author of The Bookseller of Kabul of breaching the privacy of a woman portrayed in the best-selling book.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai cut short a European trip and returned to Kabul today

Hamid Karzai blames Afghanistan bomb on terror group

Afghan president Hamid Karzai today blamed a Pakistan-based terror group for the devastating suicide bombing against a Shiite shrine in Kabul.

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