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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.

Diplomatic reshuffle looms as Hague makes mark on Foreign Office

A new cast to go with a new project, William Hague has outlined the government's vision of Britain's place in the world, now, significant changes may take place in the diplomatic service to accompany the overhaul of foreign policy.

'Partial victory' on Taliban prisoners challenge

An anti-war activist today won "a partial victory" in her High Court challenge over Britain's policy of transferring captured Taliban suspects to the Afghan authorities.

Simone Troller: Orphans of war deserve our support

Many Afghan children who come to Europe are second or third generation refugees who hardly remember "their" country

Afghan girls treated after suspected gas attack

About fifty Afghan schoolgirls became ill and were taken to hospital after a suspected gas poisoning in their school in southwestern Afghanistan, officials said today, the latest in a spate of similar incidents.

Blow for Karzai as top cabinet ministers quit

Two of the most powerful members of President Hamid Karzai's beleaguered government resigned yesterday plunging Afghanistan into fresh political crisis.

Outrage at appointment of chairman stops jirga

It was billed as the national conference that brought together the country's senior figures in a concerted push for peace. It was never going to be that easy.

Taliban rocket attack shakes peace congress in Afghanistan

The Taliban launched a co-ordinated suicide bomb and rocket attack yesterday, interrupting the opening of Hamid Karzai's much vaunted national peace conference and making a mockery of the President's ambitious strategy to end the country's vicious insurgency.

Taliban say they will not be attending Kabul peace talks

Taliban rebels have vowed to boycott a conference called by President Hamid Karzai to try to secure an end to fighting nearly a decade after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Kim Sengupta: Kabul still isn't safe for those hunted down by extremists

Abdullah Tokhi was shot dead at midday, in a crowded bazaar. It was a very public "execution", showing that his killers were confident that they would never be brought to account.

Afghan man on Taliban death list refused asylum

Sultan Mahmood is under a death sentence from the Taliban. The torture they inflicted on him has led to a leg being amputated. His teenage son was kidnapped and beheaded. A school he ran has been burned down.

Hague leads Tory delegation for talks in Kabul

Foreign Secretary William Hague flew into Kabul today ahead of talks with political and military leaders in the Afghan capital.

No survivors from Afghan plane crash

Searchers found no survivors among 44 people on board an Afghan commercial airliner that crashed this week on a remote mountain north of the capital, Kabul.

Insurgents attack Bagram air base

Insurgents launched a brazen pre-dawn assault today against the giant US-run Bagram Air Field, the second Taliban strike at Nato forces in and around the capital in as many days.

Six Nato troops killed by rush-hour bomb in Kabul

A man driving a minivan packed with explosives rammed a Nato convoy in Kabul yesterday, killing six troops and 12 civilians in the rebels' deadliest attack in the Afghan capital for over a year.

Briton feared dead after Afghan plane crash

Three British nationals were feared dead today after a passenger plane crashed in a mountainous area of northern Afghanistan.



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