News Afghan children play cricket on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, near to Alinghar, Laghman where the cricket players were shot by a gunman.

Authorities say the gunman rode on a motorbike and shot the group of men

Alex Salmond tells SNP conference 'the nonsense ends in 2014'

Alex Salmond rallied the SNP at its annual conference in Perth today by telling activists that “in 2014 the nonsense ends”.

In exile: Maksim Bakiyev

Met arrests son of ousted Kyrgyz leader

Maksim Bakiyev faces extradition to the US, charged with conspiracy to defraud and perverting the course of justice

Editorial: Syria's war must not ignite the region

The events of recent days in and around the Turkish town of Akcakale, close to Syria's northern border, serve as a warning of the extreme dangers inherent in the present situation. The sequence of events is now pretty well established. Shells fired by the Syrian military landed there on Wednesday afternoon, destroying buildings and killing five people. Turkey responded by firing into Syria. These were the first recorded cross-border incidents of Syria's civil war. The risk is that they will not be the last.

Tribute paid to commando who died of natural causes

The wife of a Royal Marine commando who died in Afghanistan has paid tribute to the “loveliest” husband and father.

Seven US troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

Eleven people were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, including seven US soldiers and three Afghan allies, the Nato-led force in the country said.

Nato worker on spy charge in Germany

A German civilian who worked at Nato's air command headquarters in Germany has been charged with stealing secret data, federal prosecutors said.

Nato says Afghan militant attacks are up 11%

Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the past three months were up 11 per cent, compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics on monthly violence released by the US-led coalition. 

Briton killed in Afghanistan shooting named as Dave Chamberlain

A British civilian contractor shot dead by someone wearing an Afghan national security force uniform was a father of two from Kent.

Three Nato service members killed in Afghanistan

Insurgent attacks have killed three Nato service members in eastern Afghanistan.

Nato service member among three killed in Afghanistan blasts

Two separate bombings in Afghanistan have killed a Nato service member as well as an official with the Afghan ministry of women's affairs and her husband.

US drone strike kills four militants in Pakistan

Pakistani intelligence officials say missiles fired by a U.S. drone have killed at least four suspected militants near the Afghan border.

Man in Afghan uniform shoots Nato troops

A man in an Afghan army uniform shot and wounded a number of coalition troops in eastern Afghanistan, the US-led Nato coalition said today.

Nato condemns Syria plane attack

Nato today condemned Syria's disregard of "peace, security and human life" in a statement expressing solidarity with Turkey over the shooting down of one of its reconnaissance planes.

Two Nato soldiers die in attacks in Afghanistan

Two Nato soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan, the alliance said today.

Navy destroys German mine off the coast of Sardinia

A Royal Navy warship has destroyed a Second World War mine discovered off the coast of Sardinia.

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