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An Afghan security personnel keeps watch at the site of a suicide attack in Panjshir province today. The British authorities say detainees at Camp Bastion are suspected of being involved with planting improvised explosive devices. Photograph: Mohammad Ishaq/Reuters

As many as 90 Afghan nationals are being detained in a holding facility at Camp Bastion, the main British military base in the country, the British De(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to launch a rocket in Deir al-Zor. International estimates put the number of Free Syrian Army fighters and assorted jihadists at about 70,000. Photograph: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi

The EU decision not to renew an arms embargo on the Syrian opposition appears to give the green light to countries such as France and Britain to suppl(...)

A young man in his mid-20s shows me a picture of Nzinga, the 17th century warrior queen of the Mbundu people. Then he pulls up some YouTube foo(...)

Rebecca Rigby,  wife of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, grieves during a family press conference at the Regimental HQ of his unit, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers today. Photograph: Dave Thompson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Two women arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder British soldier Lee Rigby (25) in London on Wednesday have been released without charge(...)

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

Migrants wait to disembark from an Italian navy ship  in Sicily after being rescued from a Turkish cargo ship in 2009.  Photograph: AP

When the Arab spring surged into full force, most Europeans hailed the revolutionary events as a t(...)

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett speaks to one of the two men arrested at the scene of the Woolwich murder yesterday.

A woman who risked her life to confront an armed man suspected of slaughtering a British soldier in broad daylight has described how she tried (...)

Video-grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons near the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a soldier was murdered. Photograph: ITV News/PA Wire

British police have arrested two more people in a hunt for accomplices of two British men of Nigerian descent accused of hacking a soldier to d(...)

An Afghan woman wearing a burqa carries a child  along a street on the outskirts of Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Afghanistan’s parliament failed to pass a law today banning violence against women, a severe blow to progress made in women’s rights in the co(...)

Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A suicide bomber in a car targeted two vehicles carrying foreign forces in the Afghan capital, Kabul, today killing at least six Afghan civilia(...)

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