A member of an Afghan women’s rights activist group puts flowers on the grave of Farkhunda, the 27-year-old woman who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul. She is now being treated as a martyr. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

In indignant tones, the Islamic law student told her family about the superstitious practices she had witnessed earlier that day at a historic shrine (...)

Independent Afghan civil society activist women weep and lie on the grave of Afghan woman Farkhunda. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Hundreds of Afghans have held a protest in Kabul to demand justice for a woman who was killed by a mob outside one of the capital’s most famous mosque(...)

Pressing for women’s rights: Afghan  activists chant slogans during the funeral ceremony of Farkhunda. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A woman killed by an angry mob in front of police in the Afghan capital last week for allegedly burning a copy of Islam’s holy book was wrongly accuse(...)

Afghan authorities remove snow from the roads as part of the rescue after an avalanche killed more than 180 people in the Panjshir valley, Afghanistan, 25th February 2015. Photograph: EPA/HEDAYATULLAH AMID

More than 180 people have been killed in north Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years, officials said on Thursday.Officials wa(...)

Photo of avalanche in the  Mont Blanc mountain range in the French Alps. Avalanches caused by heavy winter snow have killed at least 124 people in north-eastern Afghanistan. Photograph: Pierre Bessard/AFP/Getty Images

Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow have killed at least 124 people in north-eastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said as rescuers clawed t(...)

Mary Akrami, director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre, in Kabul and board member of the Afghan Women’s Network, was keynote speaker at the launch of Frontline Defenders 2015 Annual Report in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /THE IRISH TIMES

Peter MurtaghA chilling picture of the challenges facing women’s rights activists in Afghanistan has been given by a campaigner from there who is visi(...)

Pakistani school girls pray for victims who were killed in an attack at the army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday. Photograph: Ilyas Sheikh/EPA

The massacre of more than 130 Pakistani school children by Taliban gunmen was a chilling reminder of Hillary Clinton’s warning to Islamabad in 2011 th(...)

The Afghan mountains are reflected in the visor of a US Army Airborne  window gunner. The Afghan army has said it killed more than fifty insurgents in the past 48 hours. Photograph: Mark Wilson/ Reuters

The Afghan Taliban killed a Supreme Court official, a group of mine clearers and two foreign soldiers, but also suffered heavy losses as violence inte(...)

Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a suicide bombing in Kabul. The attack targeted a French-run cultural institute and school.  Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

France has condemned an attack on a French-run cultural institute and school in the Afghan capital of Kabul, in which several people were killed and m(...)

The Rendition Project and Reprieve have identified 27 aircraft used by the CIA in its rendition programme which they claim landed more than 200 times at Irish airports on global circuits that ferried al-Qaeda suspects around secret prisons or “black sites” between 2001 and 2006. File photograph:  PA Wire 1:08

The invoice states that the trip lasted four days in November 2012 and flew from Washington to Kabul in Afghanistan and back again stopping for fue(...)