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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 . . .(...)

Mark Twain once allegedly stated that “history does not repeat itself but it does rhyme”. For historians, politicians and military commanders it is ve(...)

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(...)

An Afghan policeman keeps watch as smoke rises from the site of an attack in Kabul. Insurgents including a suicide bomber in a truck launched an attack today in an area  used by foreign firms supplying Nato forces. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters.

Taliban insurgents including a suicide bomber in a truck killed six people in an attack on a foreign logistics and supply company in Kabul today, poli(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron  speaks during a news conference with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. Photograph: Leon Neal/pool/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron pledged to work with Pakistan to fight terrorism and try to bring peace to Afghanistan, while also offering to he(...)

In 1974, following the Birmingham pub bombings, SAS troops in Co Armagh used a guided missile to destroy a car carrying suspected members of an IRA ac(...)

Smoke rises from the site of an attack in Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Taliban militants attacked key buildings near Afghanistan’s presidential palace and the US CIA headquarters in Kabul, a brazen assault that could dera(...)

Mary O’Keeffe, who was chairperson of the Ballygar Special Olympics Host Town for the Afghan team in 2003, displaying an album of photographs from the time at the sign which still stands at the entrance to Ballygar. Included in the photograph are Geraldine Kelly who was secretary and Pat Gilmore who was public relations officer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy. 13/6/2013

Ballygar was one of 177 cities, towns and villages hosting teams of athletes from around the world before the competitions began.The Co Galway town ha(...)

Reporter Michael Hastings who died on Tuesday in a car crash  in Los Angeles. Photograph: Reuters

Michael Hastings, the award-winning freelance reporter who died Tuesday at 33, was known for an intrepid, gonzo-style journalism that took him to war (...)

The Political Bureau for Afghan Taliban in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Mohammed Dabbous/Reuters

Preliminary Afghan peace talks in Qatar between US and Taliban officials are unlikely to take place today as had been expected, according to a source.(...)

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