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

Karzai in Kabul after unprecedented shrine attack

Afghan President Hamid Karzai cut short a European trip and returned to Kabul today to visit the scores of wounded and the bereaved families of those killed in an unprecedented sectarian assault on a Shiite shrine in the capital.

Rare attacks on Afghan Shiites kill 60

A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers who packed a Kabul mosque today to mark a holy day, killing at least 56 people, and a second bombing in another city killed four more Shiites.

Countrywide, Pashtuns make up 42 per cent of the Afghan population, Tajiks 27per cent, and Hazaras and Uzbeks 9 per cent

A city divided: the ethnic tensions splitting Kabul

Formerly mixed areas of the Afghan capital are becoming segregated as fears of civil war loom. Lianne Gutcher reports.

Nine dead in Kabul attack

Taliban attackers laid siege to a British cultural centre in the Afghan capital today, killing at least nine people during an hours-long assault on the 92nd anniversary of Afghanistan's independence from British rule.

Video: PM: Kabul attack 'vicious and cowardly'

David Cameron says the attack on the British Council in Kabul will not stop efforts in Afghanistan.

Diplomatic game of cat and mouse in Kabul over embassy's feline friends

There may be bombs going off across Afghanistan, a fraught relationship with President Hamid Karzai to preserve, and the small matter of restoring law and order before the troops go home and the money runs out. But diplomats with the US mission in Kabul have another problem on their hands: what to do about the cats.

Cue Kabul: Afghanistan enters frame for Snooker World Cup revival

Amateur pairing prepare to face Scotland as 19 countries compete at return of international event

Speaker to trade places with Kabul counterpart

John Bercow is used to facing the flak as one of the most controversial speakers of the House of Commons in recent times. But he is about to embark on a journey which may give him an entirely new perspective on what that means.

Eight more arrested in inquiry over insider-loans scandal at Kabul Bank

Eight people, including three Indian nationals, have been detained over their alleged links to an insider-loans scandal at Kabul Bank.

Afghans' road to Brazil riven with potholes

Politics almost derailed their World Cup qualifier in Palestine today and getting there was nightmare

Police search Kabul hotel rubble for bomb victims

Police in Kabul were yesterday scrutinising the rubble of one of the city's major hotels after an assault by Taliban suicide bombers left at least 10 people dead, and raised fresh concerns over Barack Obama's plans to begin a phased withdrawal of US combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

William Hague condemns Kabul hotel attack

Foreign Secretary William Hague urged the Afghan people not to allow a "terrible" attack on a Kabul hotel to derail efforts to boost the country's security.

Nato helicopters end Kabul hotel siege

Taliban gunmen have stormed one of Afghanistan's premier hotels, sparking a five-hour battle that left 19 people dead, including all eight attackers.

Leading article: A bank scandal that is also about trust

Abdul Qadir Fitrat, the governor of Kabul Bank, announced his resignation in Washington because, as he explained, he would have feared for his life if he had announced it in the Afghan capital. This was a useful corrective to the generally upbeat discourse that followed President Obama's announcement of a substantial pull-out of US troops.

Hart of Empire, By Saul David

Jihadi warriors threaten to topple Western power in Afghanistan once again. In Kabul, setbacks and blunders in the British battle against an Islamist insurgency call for desperate measures to stop the slide into military failure... We're in 1879, not 2011, and the second of Saul David's period novels to feature mixed-race adventurer Captain George Hart.

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