Afghan Army soldiers attend their graduation ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan,earlier this month.  Three Afghan soldiers have been reported missing from a joint military training exercise taking place in the US this week. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA.

Three Afghanistan National Army soldiers have been reported missing from a joint military training exercise taking place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, o(...)

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani dance on the street yesterday in Kabul after he was named president-elect. Photograph: Reuters/Omar Sobhani

Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank economist, was officially declared the new president of Afghanistan yesterday, after three months of political dead(...)

Oscar and Arthur Kenevey, of Clarehall, Dublin, at the bandstand in St Stephens Green, Dublin for the People’s Climate Picnic today as world leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny prepare to meet in New York next week for a UN crisis summit on climate change. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than 600 people attended the People’s Climate Picnic in St Stephen’s Green today. It was the main event held in Ireland to mark a global protest (...)

A photograph made from a video released today by the jihadist affiliated group Furqan Media allegedly shows a British hostage of Islamic State (IS) talking about a series of videos in which he will appear revealing the truth about IS, at an unidentified location. Photograph: EPA

A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisa(...)

Review: Ajax, Little Iliad
  • Stage
  • September 17, 2014, 12:00

Ajax, Little Iliad Peacock Theatre HHHH Just as Thucydides’s account of the Peloponnesian War remains a standard text in political philosophy, Sophocl(...)

A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) shows Major General Asim Bajwa Army spokesman talks about attackers who attack on Malala Yousafzai during a press conference in Rawalpindi. Photograph/EPA

Some 10 militants suspected of involvement in an attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai have been arrested, Pakistan’s army says.The teenager won(...)

 Nick Corcoran (left) and Nigel McDermott of Cardinal Capital in Residence on Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

The spectacular Gherkin building is the perfect place to look out on London’s financial world, from the City’s investment banks directly below it to M(...)

Obama’s legacy of war
  • US
  • September 12, 2014, 01:00

President Barack Obama, who came to office promising to end his predecessor George W Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this week ensured that he to(...)

US president Barack Obama  is expected to tell Americans in a TV address   “it will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.”Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama will tell Americans shortly that America aims to lead what he will call a “broad coalition” in a “steady, relentless effort”(...)

An estimated  12,000 fighters from 74 nations have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with extremist groups. In this file photograph a member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa. Photograph: Reuters

The UN Security Council plans to demand countries “prevent and suppress” the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant gro(...)