Afghan forces prepare for battle with the Taliban on the outskirts of Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan. Photograph: Reuters

Taliban envoys have been busy over the past month, shuttling from conferences in one world capital to the next, in the biggest rush of activity on the(...)

A vehicle is seen on fire after a blast near the Afghan parliament in Kabul, on Monday. A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament, shattering windows and forcing lawmakers to flee. Photograph: Reuters 1:09

A Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday as politicians met to consider a new defence minister. The assault (...)

Reality television sometimes seems to be in a race to the bottom, but one woman’s germ of an idea is trying to harness its power for good. Anna Elliot(...)

A Malaysian Islamic religious officer looks at a telescope to determine the sighting of the new moon to mark the start of the fasting month of Ramadan in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur this week. Photograph: Fazry Ismail/EPA

The chairman of the Qasim Ali Khan mosque in Peshawar has little doubt why it regularly throws a spanner into the timings of Pakistan’s most important(...)

Afghan firefighters spray water in front of the gates of the Heetal Hotel in Kabul the morning after gunfire and explosions rang out in a diplomatic quarter of the city overnight. Security forces waged an all-night battle with Taliban militants who tried to storm a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family. The standoff ended at daybreak with all four attackers killed, a government minister said, reporting no civilian or military casualties. Photograph: Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images

Four Taliban insurgents armed with assault rifles and a grenade launcher stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital overnigh(...)

Suspects stand before a judge during a primary court trial in Kabul earlier this month on charges relating to the mob killing of Farkhunda. Photograph:  Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Eleven Afghan policemen have been jailed for a year for their roles in the mob killing of a woman in Kabul. Judge Safiullah Mojadedi, presiding at Afg(...)

A man carries an injured boy after a suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, killing at least three people. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

A suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, killing at least two Afghans and a Brit(...)

Suspects stand before a judge charged with the murder of a 27-year-old woman, named Farkhunda. She was beaten to death and her body was burned by a  mob in front of police after she was falsely accused of burning pages of the Koran. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images 1:24

An Afghan judge sentenced four men to death on Wednesday for the mob killing of 27-year-old woman accused of burning a Koran in Kabul, a case that spa(...)

Some of Irish photographer Jean Curran’s photographs drying in a darkroom in Dubai before they were taken to Mazar-e-Sharif to be hand painted by Mohammed Karin, using traditional Afghani techniques. Photograph: Jean Curran

In 2011, Waterford-born photographic artist Jean Curran first began exploring hand-painted portraits in Afghanistan. During her research, she came (...)

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 (...)