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A teenager who was shot by the Taliban after campaigning for women's rights declared herself an honorary Brummie today as she officially opened a new £188 million civic library.

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Taliban attacks Nato base in Afghanistan

Officials said three attacking insurgents were killed

Pakistan orders retrial for Osama Bin Laden's doctor, Shakil Afridi

Officials in Pakistan have overturned the jail sentence and ordered a retrial of a doctor who helped the CIA in their search for Osama Bin Laden.

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Benazir Bhutto death: Pakistan ex-military leader Pervez Musharraf charged with 2007 murder of prime minister

Decision by marks the first time Musharraf, or any former army chief in Pakistan, has been charged with a crime

Iqbal Memon and his wife

‘Terrorist and drug dealer’ dies in east London exile

Iqbal Memon fled India after the 1993 Mumbai bombings – and never looked back. Paul Peachey tells his story

A metal object hidden in underwear will immediately alert airport security

Girls escape forced marriage by concealing spoons in clothing to set off metal detectors at the airport

As airline staff are put on alert over summer, charity says cutlery trick has halted unwanted unions

US evacuates consulate in Lahore as militants carry out attacks

Action follows specific threat, which is ‘not related to other embassy closures’

Establishing peace with India will pay dividends for Pakistan

When Nawaz Sharif was elected Pakistan’s Prime Minister for a third time in May, he signalled that he would like to leave off where he started when he was last in power.

Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi has been kidnapped, threatened with death, forcibly displaced and lives apart from his family, all because of his enormous moustache

The amazing moustache that brings admiration - plus death threats, repeated moves, an end to his business... and hopefully a new beginning

People give me a lot of respect - it’s my identity, says man with gravity-defying accoutrement

Indian Army officers lay wreaths and pay their respects over the caskets of five soldiers killed in during a cross-border attack in Kashmir, following the arrival of their remains at the Patna Airport

India's PM under pressure to cancel talks after Kashmir border attack

After five Indian troops killed, minister says 'Those in Pakistan responsible for this tragedy should not go unpunished'

LoC attack: 'Gross violation' of ceasefire as Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani troops along Kashmir

India's army has said five of its soldiers were killed when Pakistani troops opened fire at a post near the ceasefire line in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir today.

Mohammad Sarwar was an MP for Glasgow from 1997 to 2010

UK's first Muslim MP Mohammad Sarwar becomes governor of Pakistan's Punjab province

Mr Sarwar was an MP for Glasgow from 1997 to 2010

Police hunt for drivers after nine pupils killed in India school bus crash

Two men fled the scene after a school bus and truck crashed head-on in the northern state of Rajasthan

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