News A Pakistani health worker gives a polio vaccine to children in a poor neighborhood that hosts displaced people from Pakistani tribal areas and Afghan refugees, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan

Billionaire philanthropist spoke after polio workers were killed in Pakistan

Battle of Khyber Pass key to ending to Taliban raids

Pakistan launches major offensive as America prepares to double deployment in Afghanistan

US missile attack leaves 12 dead

Militants have shot and wounded two foreign journalists on the outskirts of Peshawar, and US missiles killed 12 people in a strike on a Pakistani Taliban commander's stronghold in tribal lands bordering Afghanistan.

Exclusive dispatch: Pakistan's hidden war

War has come to the world's only Muslim nuclear state. Not just terrorist bombs, but pitched battles bringing refugees down from the mountains and even into Afghanistan. In a powerful dispatch, Andrew Buncombe and Omar Waraich report on the conflict which has left 200,000 people caught between the Pakistani Army, the Taliban and the tribal warlords

How a Pakistani protest song is redefining Islam as anti-terrorist

More than 60 million people have responded to an Islamic protest song. By Photini Philippidou

17 dead in suicide bomb blast

A pickup truck packed with explosives blew up a security checkpoint in Pakistan's volatile north-west today, killing at least 17 people and injuring 80 in an attack possibly intended for a more important target, officials said.

Mushtaq's forced retirement ends greatest era for Sussex

A glorious chapter in county cricket and the most successful era in Sussex's history was brought to an end yesterday when Mushtaq Ahmed, the Pakistan leg-spinner, announced his retirement from first-class cricket. The decision, enforced by a persistent knee injury, finishes the career of the most influential cricketer in the modern day county game.

Pakistan roadside bomb kills 14

Fourteen people were killed today when a roadside bomb hit a Pakistan air force truck as the military pounded insurgent positions in a nearby tribal region.

Pakistani offensive forces Taliban to flee Peshawar

Pakistani troops seized control of a town just outside Peshawar yesterday after a one-day shelling offensive cleared militants who were threatening the city.

Pakistan blows peace talks aside with new offensive on Taliban

Military changes tactics to launch mortar strikes on militants threatening to take control of Peshawar

Pakistani suicide bomber kills 40 in attack on elders

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a peace meeting of tribal elders in north-west Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 100.

Rachel Bilson: She's the one

Rachel Bilson is from an old Hollywood family and stars in 'The OC' - so why has it taken her so long to get into movies? Lesley O'Toole finds out

Watch out for identity thieves...

Finding that someone has taken your number-plate may not be the trivial nuisance it seems. Paul Kelbie investigates a spreading crime

Leading article: A more enlightened approach

Yesterday's report on the effects of the Government's inclusion policies offers further powerful evidence of the damage caused by a blinkered approach to the education of children with special needs. The report, published by the National Union of Teachers, reveals teaching staff having to undertake all manner of duties for which they are untrained and ill-equipped. Indeed, it is not too far-fetched to say, as has the union's general secretary, that youngsters in classes where their needs are not catered for suffer a form of child abuse.

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