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Mohammad Sufyan Ahmed (2) from Clonee on the recieving end of a bowl from the world’s tallest international cricketer (7ft 1) Mohammad Irfan, of the Pakistan national cricket team, during a visit by members of the team to the Castaheany Educate Together National School, in Ongar. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three members of Pakistan’s cricket team, who are in Ireland for a series of one-day internationals, were mobbed by excited crowds as(...)

Two men were arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft today after RAF Typhoon jets was scrambled to escort a pa(...)

US president Barack Obama has offered his most vigorous public defence of drone strikes, describing them as legal, effective and necessary. (...)

Christof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on executions, said there is reason to believe states will ‘seek to use lethal autonomous robotics for targeted killing’.

A United Nations human rights investigator has called for all states to declare a moratorium to prevent so-called “killer robots” being deploye(...)

The killing of  Anwar al-Awlaki was the first, and only, publicly known case in which a US citizen was deliberately targeted for killing by drone strike. Photograph: US Navy/Jeffrey S Viano/Reuters

The US government has formally acknowledged for the first time that it had killed four Americans, including militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, wh(...)

People carry the coffin of Zara Shahid Hussain, a senior female politician from cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party, during her funeral ceremony in Karachi yesterday. Photograph:  Reuters/Athar Hussain

Gunmen killed a senior female politician from a reformist party in Pakistan on Saturday night, the latest violent incident in a bloody election(...)

The body of Zahra Shahid Hussain, a senior female politician from cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party, is carried at a hospital in Karachi, in this still image taken from video footage. Photograph: Reuters TV

Gunmen killed a senior female politician from a reformist party in Pakistan last night, the latest violent incident in a bloody election campai(...)

A man looks on as a girl runs down an alleyway hung with election campaign posters from the PML-N party. Photograph:Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif looked poised today to return to office with a resounding election victory — a mandate that could(...)

Supporters of Nawaz Sharif carry portraits of the Pakistani prime minister in Lahore yesterday as they celebrate his election victory. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Nawaz Sharif has been here twice before, and the last time it did not end well for him or for Pakistan. Many of those celebrating the we(...)

People celebrate in the streets of Lahore, Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, declared that his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, would emerge as winner of the election. Photograph:     Tyler Hicks/The New York Times.

Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed and exiled, Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and today was heading for a third term as Pakis(...)

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