A  man carries a girl who was injured in a suicide bomb blast that targeted the premises of the ministry of defence, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

The casualty total from Tuesday’s Taliban attack in Kabul has risen to 64 killed, more than double the total previously estimated by police, and 347 w(...)

  The Kohinoor diamond, which once belonged to Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, weighs 105.6 carats and is part of the British crown jewels, stored in the tower of London. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

India has said it will make all possible efforts to get back the Kohinoor diamond from Britain despite comments by New Delhi’s solicitor general that (...)

Independent Afghan civil society activist women carry the coffin of Farkhunda on   March 22nd,  2015. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Farkhunda had one chance to escape the mob that wanted to kill her. Two Afghan police officers pulled her onto the roof of a low shed, above the angry(...)

A crane is used to move destroyed vehicles after a major suicide blast in  Kabul, Afghanistan, April 19th, 2016. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

A Taliban suicide bomb and gun assault on a government security building during Tuesday morning rush hour in central Kabul killed at least 28 people o(...)

 Afghan security personnel standing guard on an armoured vehicle at a checkpoint in Ghazni. Photograph:  Rahmatullah Alizadah/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive on Tuesday, pledging to drive Afghanistan’s Western-backed government from power. The anno(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani speaks during a conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Massoud Hossaini/Reuters

At least two explosions have hit the diplomatic zone of Kabul, shortly after visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry left following meetings with Af(...)

Between 2001 and 2012, the Irish Defence Forces helped lead the mission’s work to counter improvised explosive devices in Afghanisatan. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

The last remaining Irish troops in Afghanistan have returned home after completing their final tour of duty. In all, some 226 Irish troops have serve(...)

Refugees and migrants   after disembarking  at the port of Piraeus, near Athens: Afghans were already excluded from the relocation scheme agreed in October that aims to resettle 160,000   refugees. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

Eleven years ago, he was a man of influence and power, holding the position of deputy minister for pilgrimage and religious affairs in the Afghan gove(...)

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed 14 people and wounded another 11 at a clinic in Parwan, north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials(...)

Afghan policemen and firefighters inspect the wreckage of a bus  hit by a suicide bomb attack in an area near the Russian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 20th, 2016. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

A suicide car bomber targeted a van carrying journalists working for a private Afghan television channel on Wednesday, killing seven people during eve(...)