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As a photojournalist, Kate Brooks was used to documenting war zones. Then she discovered a new kind of genocide – the killing of Africa’s elephants

Afghan security worst for 10 years, says UN

Security in the country is at its lowest level for a decade and two-fifths of the country is off-limits, a departing United Nations official claimed yesterday.

Taliban attack police HQ in Kandahar

NATO and Afghan forces today battled Taliban militants attacking the police headquarters in Kandahar City, the capital of the insurgents' heartland and a focus of anti-war efforts.

Two Nato troops killed in Afghanistan

Insurgents killed two members of Nato's mission to Afghanistan in the south of the country today, the multinational force said.

Skiing: Kostelic set to follow in little sister's tracks

Ivica Kostelic took another step towards the men's alpine skiing World Cup when he won the super-combined crystal globe in Chamonix yesterday.

Suicide bomber kills Kandahar deputy governor

A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle packed with explosives has rammed into a car carrying the deputy governor of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, killing him and wounding three of his bodyguards.

Nato-led forces blamed for $100m damage to Afghan homes and orchards

Afghan and Nato forces have caused more than $100m damage to fruit crops and homes during security operations in southern Kandahar province, a government delegation claimed yesterday.

Bomber kills 17 in Afghan bathhouse

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a bathhouse in a southern Afghan border town yesterday, killing 17 people as men gathered to wash for Friday prayers.

British Land buys Drake Circus

British Land has bought the Drake Circus shopping centre in Plymouth, above, for £240m from David Ross's Kandahar Real Estate. The 425,000-square-foot shopping centre was the largest asset in the Kandahar property group runby Carphone Warehouse'sco-founder David Ross.

The Business On... David Ross, Businessman

The chap who founded Carphone Warehouse but left in disgrace?

Three killed in suicide car bombing in Afghanistan

A suicide car bombing in the southern Taliban stronghold of Kandahar killed three people and wounded 26 others, mostly police, officials said, in an attack spotlighting instability in Afghanistan as the Nato-led fight against insurgents there approaches the start of its 10th year.

Roadside bomb kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed 15 civilians in remote southern Afghanistan and a shootout with NATO forces killed seven people in the east today, as Afghanistan saw a wave of violence, authorities said.

Embedded journalism: A distorted view of war

'Embedding' journalists is now the standard method for reporting conflicts. But, argues Patrick Cockburn, what makes a good story might not be the right story

Fighting destroys Kandahar homes

Fighting between US-led forces and the Taliban has destroyed or damaged hundreds of houses during a crucial campaign in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, a human rights group said.

Nato's dilemma: how to stop the Taliban's return

Nato and Afghan forces, which this week seized the last Taliban safe haven directly threatening Kandahar City, are drawing up plans to stop insurgents re-infiltrating the area and waging a campaign of intimidation against local inhabitants.

Allies target lapsed Taliban as they set up own Afghan militia

UK and US hope to repeat success of strategy that turned tide of war in Iraq
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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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Follow the money as never before

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