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The garden of a British diplomat is believed to have been dug up after his son was arrested on Saturday

Nawaz Sharif faces challenges over electricity, building the economy, and tackling militancy

Pakistan election: Fourteen years after he was ousted, Nawaz Sharif welcomes journalists to his country house and returns with warm words for old enemies

Andrew Buncombe joins Pakistan’s new PM at his country house where he hears about his headaches over electricity, building the economy, and tackling militancy

Anti-drone campaigners marching on RAF Waddington

Protest held against RAF Waddington's Afghanistan drone strikes

Campaigners claim the Government are 'using them to fight wars behind our backs'

Pervez Musharraf ordered to be held for two weeks after appearing in Pakistan court

A Pakistani judge today ordered the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf be held in custody for two more weeks, until the next hearing in a case related to his 2007 decision to sack and detain several judges.

Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf was arrested by police and taken before a judge

Humiliation of Pervez Musharraf deepens as he is arrested and taken to court

Police arrested the former dictator overnight

Anil Kapoor is to be India's version of Jack Bauer

Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor to be Indian Jack Bauer in 24 remake

In a narrow lane next to Mumbai's biggest shopping centre, in a suburb teeming with people even at midnight, is a building that at first glance looks like an abandoned warehouse.

Vehicles will be kept away from the route of the London Marathon

London Marathon to proceed as normal after security review

'Precautionary adjustments' being made to security plans, but no major changes will be implemented

Xabier Lopez Peña: Leading member of Eta

Xabier Lopez Peña: Leading member of Eta

It says much about the life of Xabier Lopez Peña, aka Thierry, that virtually the first time he came into full-scale public view, in May 2008, was also almost the last. Over the previous three decades, Thierry was strongly suspected of becoming a key figure in the Basque terrorist group Eta, and it was only when he was arrested along with three other alleged Eta members in a French police operation that the clandestine existence he had led since the early 1980s came to a definitive conclusion.

Jean-Michel Gentil, the judge involved in criminal investigations against Nicolas Sarkozy, received a bullet and a death threat in the post

Tensions mount over Sarkozy-Bettencourt case as judge Jean-Michel Gentil receives bullet and death threat in post

A death threat and blank bullets have been sent to the judge who last week started criminal investigations against ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sir Jonathan Evans who is to step down as head of MI5 next month, Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs today

MI5 director general Sir Jonathan Evans to step down next month

The head of MI5, Sir Jonathan Evans, is to step down next month after being in charge at a time when the Service faced the rising threat of Islamist extremism.

Ricci Giff, a police officer from the diplomatic protection group, arrives for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London

Armed protection officer who bunked off work to meet lover sentenced to nine months in prison

He photographed her naked and wearing his gun, court told

The BBC’s closeness to the Home Office has come under fire after the corporation’s security correspondent Gordon Corera accepted a formal role at a behind-closed-doors counter-terrorism event

BBC impartiality under fire for correspondent's role in security summit

The BBC’s closeness to the Home Office has come under fire after the corporation’s security correspondent Gordon Corera accepted a formal role at a behind-closed-doors counter-terrorism event.

Torture of detainees by state security is still pervasive in Iraq, report claims

Torture of detainees by state security is pervasive in Iraq ten years after the fall of Saddam Hussein says an Amnesty International report, Iraq: a Decade of Abuses, published tomorrow. Though American and British leaders cited the brutality and cruelty of Saddam Hussein’s regime as a justification for overthrowing his regime, extreme abuse of prisoners has never ceased.

A Muslim demonstrator burns a cross in Badami Bagh on Saturday

Neighbours' row ends in a holy war against Christians of Pakistan

Muslim mob goes on arson rampage in Lahore after alleged blasphemy

Questionable Time: The panel show waters are treacherous, will Stephen Twigg and Kenneth Clarke make it ashore?

Plus: Who, in the name of Jaws 2, is this Diane James?

Bradley Manning served democracy far better than the generals who want him sent to jail

Soldiers keeping their mouths shut keeps things in the same sorry condition, writes Afghanistan veteran and author Joe Glenton

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