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Andy McSmith's Diary: I admit I made mistakes over Militant, says Jack Straw

Half a dozen former members of the Blackburn constituency Labour Party, who had the unwanted distinction more than 30 years ago of being the first party members expelled for belonging to the secretive Trotskyite organisation, Militant, have extracted an apology from the town’s long-serving MP, Jack Straw. Not over their expulsion: the former Foreign Secretary has no qualms about that, but in his memoir Last Man Standing, published last year, Mr Straw added a claim that the six were siphoning party funds to give to striking miners. He has now admitted, in a letter to the Lancashire Telegraph, that it cannot be true. These events happened so long ago that they predated the 1984 miners’ strike.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl: Has been held captive since 2009

Taliban peace accord back on with talk of US hostage release

Terror group has confirmed it’s readiness to free US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held captive since 2009

Taliban: Exchange of five Guantanamo captives for American prisoner of war must happen before peace talks

Senior spokesman for insurgent group says 'We want to build bridges of confidence'

Taliban-US peace talks postponed after Afghanistan threatens to boycott negotiations in anger at Taliban's Qatar office

President Hamid Karzai also suspends talks with US on its military presence in after Nato leaves in 2014

The problem with the Taliban peace talks is not women, it’s their absence

Although women and girls are disproportionately affected by conflict, their experiences and instrumental contribution to peace are often overlooked

A Jackal armoured vehicle, which cost £350,000 each

British military stock left over from Afghan war being moved out

The details of what has been happening to Britain’s military equipment in Afghanistan were given today as the government there assumed responsibility for security across the country and international forces embarked on the final part of their exit strategy from the war.

Kabul bomb leaves three civilians dead as Afghan forces take over security from Nato

Roadside blast targets convoy of politician Mohammed Mohaqiq

Pakistan: Gunmen storm hospital after Quetta bus bombing which killed 14 female students

Another four injured in second blast at hospital where victims were being treated

Fawad Ahmed, the leg-spinner who has been fast-tracked into the Australia set-up

Champions Trophy: Fawad Ahmed set to make history for the Aussies

Fawad Ahmed, the leg-spinner who has been fast-tracked into the Australia set-up, finally donned the gold and green for the first time today.

Syrian rebels preparing to fire locally made rockets

As the US wants to arm 'nice Syrian rebels' we must remind ourselves that weapons are not just guns. They are about money

Hardware will end up in the hands of al-Qa’ida, says Robert Fisk

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Afghan policemen around the wreckage of a vehicle which was used in the suicide attack near Kabul's top court

Kabul suicide bomber kills 17 outside Afghanistan's Supreme Court

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the killings of 'ruthless prosecutors'

Kabul airport attack: Two Afghan civilians and seven Taliban killed as heavily-armed insurgents launch pre-dawn raid on Nato airport HQ

At least seven attackers using rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and at least one large bomb were killed

Breaking: Ten children, two soldiers and a policeman killed in Afghanistan suicide blast

20 other students were wounded in explosion near a marketplace

Bangladeshi student Fatima Sheikh to play the role of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai

Indian film director Amjad Khan confirmed that 16-year-old Fatima Sheikh, from Dhaka, will play the central part in the film

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