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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.

Nato service members killed in Kabul bombing

Nato says six of its service members have been killed in today's suicide car bombing in the Afghan capital.

Three Britons missing in air crash

Three British nationals were on board a passenger plane which crashed in a mountainous area of northern Afghanistan yesterday.

Robert Fisk: Afghanistan's ancient treasures must be saved

Over the door of the Kabul museum today is a Persian quotation: 'A nation stays alive when its culture and history are kept alive'

UN scales back after three bomb blasts rock Kandahar City ahead of key Nato campaign

in the latest sign that Kandahar City is sliding deeper into violence ahead of a massive Nato campaign there, the UN yesterday announced it was scaling back its operations hours after three bomb blasts rocked the city.

US official blames Karzai outbursts on 'drug abuse'

Tensions between Washington and Hamid Karzai continued to simmer yesterday after the White House hinted that an invitation for him to visit President Barack Obama in May could be in jeopardy because of remarks the Afghan leader has made castigating the West for its actions in his country.

Top Gun, Kabul-style

Pilots of the embryonic Afghan Air Force have begun training in Britain as part of the Western exit strategy from the country.

Afghan fighting claims third soldier in as many days

The death toll of British service personnel in Afghanistan rose to three in as many days today after a soldier was killed by an explosion.

Suicide bombers strike in the heart of Kabul

Suicide bombers struck in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul today, triggering a series of explosions and gun battles that killed at least 17 people, police said.

The new Afghan plan: buy off Taliban

Leaders back multimillion-pound fund and consider an olive branch for leadership

Taliban storm Kabul with wave of suicide bombings

Twelve dead and scores injured as militants target shopping centres and cinema in bid to derail swearing-in of government

Five die as militants attack Kabul

Taliban militants struck in the heart of the Afghan capital today, launching suicide attacks on key government targets in a clear sign the insurgents plan to escalate their fight as the US and its allies ramp up a campaign to end the war. At least five people, including a child, were killed and nearly 40 wounded, officials said.

US civilians die in suicide bombing at military base

Attacker detonated explosive vest inside complex near Pakistan border

Karzai to keep half of cabinet including warlords

Under intense pressure to reform, President Hamid Karzai plans to replace heads of two ministries linked to corruption while retaining several others favoured by the West, Afghan officials said yesterday. The cabinet lineup is an apparent bid to balance US demands and appease local power bosses who helped him win re-election.

UN diplomat accused of plot to discredit Karzai

American denies claim and highlights the West's failure to confront fraud in Afghan elections
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Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

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Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
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Philippa Perry interview

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Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Harry Kane interview

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