Iranians walk past a banner showing a portrait of  soldiers killed by Islamic State militants during a mission in  Aleppo in Syria. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iran will be invited to participate in talks in Vienna on Friday to discuss ending the conflict in Syria and establishing a framework for political tr(...)

Afghan special forces preparing to launch a counteroffensive to retake the city of Kunduz from Taliban insurgents. Photograph: Nasir Waqif/AFP/Getty Images

From the early days of his presidency last year, President Ashraf Ghani knew he faced a national security threat in the northern Afghan province of Ku(...)

Afghan military personnel walk near the airport during fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Kunduz. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Afghan government forces on Thursday rallied for the first time to try to retake the city of Kunduz from Taliban fighters, engaging in heavy fighting (...)

 Sepp Blatter reveals Russia as holders for the 2018 World Cup on December 2nd, 2010, in Zurich. Workers at the Zenit arena say they haven’t received payment in months. File photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Labourers working on one of Russia’s World Cup venues are complaining that they have not been paid for months, despite the budget for the arena increa(...)

Afghanistan’s president, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. At least 52 people have been killed in a massive landslide in the country’s remote Badakhshan province. Photograph: EPA/STR

A massive landslide in a remote province in the northeast of Afghanistan has killed at least 52 people.The affected area in Badakhshan province is cut(...)

A member of a local electoral commission empties a ballot box after a parliamentary election at a polling station in the Tajik capital Dushanbe. Photograph: Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters

An outspoken critic of veteran Tajik leader Imomali Rakhmon has been shot dead by an unknown assailant on a street in Istanbul, Turkish media reported(...)

An Afghan woman who lost her family in a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan province. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Afghanistan declared a national day of mourning as rescue workers using shovels and other hand tools struggled to unearth bodies buried in a landslide(...)

Afghan villagers gather at the site of a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan province. Photograph: Reuters

Afghan officials gave up hope today of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote northeast, putting the death toll at more than 2,100, as r(...)

Louise Arbour,  head of the International Crisis Group: “You cannot enforce a no-fly zone without taking down the air defence system.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The deadlock in Syrian peace talks may yet prompt a revival of demands for a western military intervention in the conflict, a former UN High Co(...)

Alfonso Tordesillas and Gonzalo Queipo in their bookshop Tipos Infames in Madrid

At Tipos Infames bookshop in central Madrid, you can sip a glass of Rioja while leafing through the many offerings on the shelves. Or you might enjoy(...)