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Hacking reporter hits out at NOTW

Taliban attack Polish base in Afghanistan, seven killed

Attackers reportedly detonated an explosive-laden truck at the rear of the base

Hamid Karzai and UN condemn killing of civilians by Taliban in Afghanistan

Insurgents shot and killed 12 civilians in two separate incidents over the weekend, including six aid workers employed on government projects, officials said Tuesday.

Taliban kills six aid workers in Afghanistan

Six civilians and six aid workers have been shot dead by insurgents in two separate incidents.

Taliban kill aid workers and civilians in two separate incidents

Twelve civilians, including six aid workers, have been shot dead by insurgents in two separate incidents, Afghan officials said.

Famous voices for ‘I Have a Dream’ speech on Radio 4

Famous figures including the Dalai Lama, Doreen Lawrence and Northern Ireland politician John Hume will recite sections of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in a broadcast marking 50 years since the civil rights leader first delivered it.

Benazir Bhutto death: Pakistan ex-military leader Pervez Musharraf charged with 2007 murder of prime minister

Decision by marks the first time Musharraf, or any former army chief in Pakistan, has been charged with a crime

Petition to protect rights of Afghan interpreters is delivered to Downing Street

Winston Churchill's great-grandson has delivered a petition with more than 55,000 signatures to Downing Street, demanding action from David Cameron to protect Afghan interpreters who served on the front line in Helmand with British troops.

Ayman al-Zawahiri and his affiliate Nasser al-Wuhayshi

‘Legion of doom’ phone call prompted al-Qa’ida terror alert

The “chatter” that triggered US terror alerts and subsequent embassy closures was obtained from a conference call held between more than 20 al-Qa’ida operatives, it has been claimed.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan

Fort Hood massacre gunman Nidal Malik Hasan will cross-examine survivors of attack

Major who shot dead 13 people at US Army base in Texas will represent himself at court martial

Mohammad Sarwar was an MP for Glasgow from 1997 to 2010

UK's first Muslim MP Mohammad Sarwar becomes governor of Pakistan's Punjab province

Mr Sarwar was an MP for Glasgow from 1997 to 2010

Nine killed in suicide bomb attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan

Many of those killed were children during a botched attack on the Indian consulate in an eastern Afghan city

Nato airstrike kills five Afghan policemen in overnight 'friendly fire' incident

The aircraft, believed to be a US helicopter, also injured two other special forces servicemen and destroyed part of a police checkpoint

'The bravest of soldiers, the best of men': Victoria Cross soldier James Ashworth was killed by his own grenade

A soldier who posthumously received one of only two Victoria Crosses awarded for exceptional bravery in Afghanistan was killed by his own grenade, an inquest heard.

Shaker Aamer: 'I refuse to do what they tell me, even though I know I am about to get beaten up'

Guards are sexually assaulting me, says the last Briton in Guantanamo Bay

Shaker Aamer, who is on hunger strike after being detained by US for 11 years, tells of brutal daily cell searches

Vince Cable is to throw the Government’s weight behind the Archbishop of Canterbury’s, pictured, drive to build up credit unions so that fewer people with money problems turn to payday lenders like Wonga

Coalition will support Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s plan for credit unions, says Vince Cable

Vince Cable is to throw the Government’s weight behind the Archbishop of Canterbury’s drive to build up credit unions so that fewer people with money problems turn to payday lenders like Wonga.

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