Americans held in Pakistan 'wanted to join jihad'

Five young Americans detained in Pakistan, which is fighting an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency, wanted to join a holy war and were in contact with militants through the Internet, officials said today.

Tendulkar crosses 17,000-run mark in ODIs

Sachin Tendulkar today passed the 17,000-run mark in one-day international cricket during the fifth ODI against Australia.

Dozens killed in fresh Pakistan attacks

Teams of gunmen attacked three security sites today in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore while a suicide bomber hit a northwestern town, killing a total of 31 people. The strikes were part of an escalating a wave of terror aimed at scuttling a planned offensive into the militant heartland on the Afghan border.

Builder in court charged with murdering wife

A builder appeared at the Old Bailey today charged with murdering his wife in India.

40 hostages freed in raid on Pakistan army base

Militants' ringleader captured as commandos end 22-hour siege

Bloody siege at Pakistan army HQ ends

One of the most brazen and audacious militant attacks in Pakistan’s history came to an end in the early hours of this morning when commandos freed dozens of hostages who had been held for hours in the army’s own headquarters.

Pakistan questions 200 after eight Christians killed

Police are questioning more than 200 people to determine if rioting that killed eight Christians was spontaneous or planned by a militant group, a Pakistani official said today.

Indian riots follow murder of Sikh leader in Austria

Violence swept across parts of India’s Punjab yesterday as followers of a Sikh sect attacked police stations and set fire to trains after one of its leaders was shot and killed by rivals while preaching at a temple in Austria.

Revealed: the woman who terrified the British Empire

A new biography explains how Jind Kaur, last queen of the Punjab, died in Victorian London

Ancient but deadly: the return of shastar vidiya

Banned by the Raj, the world's original martial art is being revived by British Asians. Jerome Taylor reports

Observations: A panoramic view of travel

If you want to give your children a taste for travel, or show them the world without leaving the bedroom – perhaps the preferable option in these lean times – then take a trip through the monochrome world of Panorama, a new children's book that adults seem to coo over as well. It is conceived by Fani Marceau and realised by the illustrator Joëlle Jolivet. Jolivet is the prolific artist responsible for, among other books, the bestselling 365 Penguins.

Doctor ‘cut off wife's hands’

A newlywed doctor who suspected his wife of having an affair with her cousin has been accused of chopping off their hands.

'Terrorists killed' after Lahore police siege

Pakistani commandos re-took control of a police academy in Lahore today after militants rampaged through the complex, killing at least eight cadets and wounding scores before holing up inside for hours.

India is stealing water of life, says Pakistan

Thousands of Punjab farmers suffer as river Chenab runs dry

Leading article: A stand-off that threatens to destabilise not only Pakistan

President Zardari must honour his promise to reinstate the judges
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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