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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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why