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UK returns stolen artefacts to Afghanistan

The British armed forces have returned historical artefacts dating back as far as the Bronze Age to Afghan museums, after they were stolen and smuggled abroad, it was announced today.

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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.

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

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.

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.