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(...)

Nike FuelBand: “To many observers, the idea of wearing a gadget that tracks and transmits data on your biorhythms sounds horribly intrusive.”

A couple of weeks ago, I spotted a curious grey bracelet on the wrist of one of New York’s hottest media figures. It was a striking desig(...)