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Afghan cricket fans celebrate runs by their team as they watch the Afghanistan and Kenya match on a screen at the International Cricket Stadium in Kabul

Afghanistan cricket team beat Kenya to reach country’s first World Cup

The Afghan cricket team has united the war-town country behind its sporting success

Taliban militants hand over their weapons after joining the Afghan government's reconciliation and reintegration program

We will unite all Afghans, says Taliban chief

A Taliban chief has told a British newspaper that the fundamentalist group is preparing to run Afghanistan when Nato forces leave.

Nawaz Sharif's government originally said it wanted to reinstate the death penalty in a bid to crack down on criminals and Islamist militants

With 8,000 prisoners on death row, Pakistan backs down from reinstating death penalty after Taliban threats

PM Nawaz Sharif originally wanted to crack down on criminals and Islamist militants in move criticised by human rights groups

At least 17 killed in suicide bomb attacks in north-west Pakistan

At least 17 people have been killed in north-west Pakistan after suicide bombers targeted the commander of a pro-government militia. Another 20 people were injured in the attack.

Plans to double number of army reserves will create ‘surge in mental health problems’

Charities say members of the TA are twice as likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than soldiers in the regular forces

US generals forced to retire early over Taliban attack

The decision follows an investigation into the circumstances of an attack on Camp Bastion, in south western Afghanistan which killed two Marines

Pakistan car bomb blast: Attack on Peshawar's oldest market kills 37

More than 75 injured in third terrorist attack in a week on same city, as total death toll since last Sunday climbs to 130

Pakistani Christians at a protest rally to condemn Sunday's suicide attack

Christians hold protests over attack which killed 85 in Peshawar church

Pakistan’s interior minister hints at plans to protect places of worship

A demonstration from May 2004, called to highlight the plight of the many thousands of Afghans disabled during more than two decades of war

MoD paid £3,000 compensation for Afghans killed by UK military

Rights groups claim payouts are pitifully low and do not give families sufficient help

Syrian children attend a class at a school in the Kadi Askar area in the Syria's northern city of Aleppo

Gordon Brown: A little learning could provide an awful lot of help

We need a coordinated response to this unprecedented crisis

Firm friends: Mollifying words from Presidents Hassan Rouhani, and Vladimir Putin have not changed matters in Syria

While Iran and the US talk of peace, the real war keeps going

World View: Ethnic cleansing continues as President Rouhani prepares to address the UN on Tuesday

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has reportedly been freed by Pakistan

Pakistan frees Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in bid to ease tensions

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the most senior Afghan detainee to be released

At least 18 Afghan police officers killed in a single remote Taliban ambush

Country's interior minister releases statement announcing 'deeply saddening' incident which also wounded 13 others

Relatives bury the body of Lieutenant Negar, a senior Afghan female police officer in Helmand, Afghanistan

Afghanistan: High-ranking policewoman murdered in ambush

Southern Afghanistan’s top policewoman has died after being shot in an ambush, months after her predecessor was murdered.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the death of Major General Sanaullah Khan will not affect the army's ongoing fight against the Taliban

Roadside bomb death of Pakistan Major General could derail Taliban peace talks

Rare killing of a high-ranking officer may have undone weeks of debate and diplomatic progress

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