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Pakistan is '98% sure' US drone killed militant leader

The reported killing of Ilyas Kashmiri – a high-profile al-Qa'ida leader who had even been tipped to assume the top spot – by a CIA drone in Pakistan's South Waziristan province marks a major success for Washington, coming just over a month after the death of Osama bin Laden.

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Travel Agenda: Jersey Spring Walking Week; Vivanta by Taj hotel; Festival of Britain; Sea Life London Aquarium; No 1 Gatwick North; Glastonbury

Today: Pull on your hiking boots: Jersey Spring Walking Week gets underway. Over 40 routes invite hikers to explore the Channel island, whether it's with a Blue Badge guide, in a group or under your own steam; until 21 May ( jersey.com). Meanwhile, check into the newly-opened Vivanta by Taj hotel in Srinagar, Kashmir. The region's first luxury, design-focused property overlooks Dal Lake ( vivantabytaj.com).

Hindus reclaim 5,000 years of history

By restoring temples in the Muslim region of Kashmir, the Pandit community is also preserving its past. Andrew Buncombe reports

Heavy-handed Kashmir police take lessons in how not to kill

After 114 unarmed protesters die, securityforces are desperate to improve their image

India mosque blast kills Muslim leader

A prominent Muslim religious leader was killed in a blast outside a mosque in Indian Kashmir today.

A world of troubles – all made in Britain?

David Cameron blames the UK for a host of global ills. Andy McSmith asks: is he right?

Terror suspect order overturned

The Home Secretary must revoke a control order imposed on a terror suspect, the Court of Appeal ruled today

Power games: Two nations in a spin over cricket

India and Pakistan compete today for the first time since the Mumbai terror attacks. Andrew Buncombe sees the political and cultural frenzy begin

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