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PM admits UK is paying 'high price' for Afghanistan mission as British death toll rises to 444
It doesn't necessarily mean the FBI are hunting a foreigner - signs still point to 'domestic terrorism'
Prince offers 'more diplomatic' picture of his time in Afghanistan after 'take a life' furore
Fears that violence will escalate after killing of Taliban leader praised for peaceful stance with Pakistan
He says he supports girls' education – yet he had acid thrown at female students who dressed immodestly
Britain's role in conflict called into question by feared Afghan leader in withering interview
Murder of a senior bureaucrat proves that women face spiralling violence in Afghanistan
Examination of the use of armed drones could help lift lid on 'America's secret war'
Leader of Pakistan's largest religious party claims Malala Yousafzai was not injured in Taliban attack