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A man who was injured in one of yesterday’s suicide bomb attacks  receives treatment at a hospital in Parachinar  in Pakistan’s tribal area on the Afghan border. Photograph: Reuters

The death toll from a pair of coordinated suicide bombs targeting Shia s in a volatile Pakistani town near the Afghan border rose to 52 overnight, off(...)

A man stands in hospital after being injured in a blast near a Shi’ite mosque in Parachinar, Pakistan. Photograph: Reuters.

Suicide bombers on motorcycles blew themselves up within a minute of each other outside Shi’ite mosques in a volatile Pakistani town near the Afghan b(...)

Police have arrested a cook accused of poisoning to death 22 people in central Pakistan in a political feud between two branches of the same family. P(...)

Surjeet Kaur, 77, displays a telegram which was sent by her husband on her birthday in 1955. Photograph: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

India’s last telegram went out at the weekend, marking the end of a 163-year-old colourful era of messaging that was launched by an Irishman working f(...)

An X-47B pilot-less drone combat aircraft flies over the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. Two insurgents were killed by a US drone strike in Pakistan overnight and seven others were killed by the Pakistan Air Force. Photograph: Reuters.

At least nine suspected militants, including two foreigners, were killed in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region in a US drone strike and a separate Pakis(...)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 1st, 2011

Osama bin Laden was able to live in Pakistan undetected for nine years because of a breathtaking scale of negligence and incompetence, a leaked report(...)

Pakistan’s official report into the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in 2011 is withering in its criticism of the country’s dysfunctional institutions. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan failed to detect Osama bin Laden during the six years he hid in Abbottabad because of the “collective incompetence and negligence” of the co(...)

Idris Elba returns to our TV screens as the eponymous Luther. Photograph: Steven Neaves.

For the new run of Luther (BBC One, Tuesday) the director, Sam Miller, has taken several screen genres, put them in a blender and . . . no, wait . . .(...)

Islamist protesters, one with a picture of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, show bloodied hands after troops opened fire in Nasr city, Cairo. Photograph: AP

What is the Muslim Brotherhood? Known as al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun in Arabic, the Muslim Brotherhood is a movement that blends political activism with cha(...)

Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif (right) inspects the guard of honour with Chinese premier Li Keqiang  during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, today. Mr Sharif’s government has been criticised for re-introducing the death penalty. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Pakistan’s new government, striving to appear determined to rein in escalating crime and militancy, has ended a ban on the death penalty, in a move co(...)

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