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(...)

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel arrives  in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

With striking optimism, Chuck Hagel said on his final visit to Afghanistan as US defence secretary that he believes Afghans will successfully put dow(...)

A woman looks for her relatives at the site of an attack in Kabul, in which a suicide bomber crashed into a British embassy vehicle. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A suicide bomber crashed into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday, an embassy spokesman said. The explosion killed five people, incl(...)

 Police on the scene of today’s  attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jawad Jalali

A Taliban suicide bomber attacked police headquarters in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding six, police and the i(...)