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(...)

Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has worked assiduously to secure Pakistan’s help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table. Photograph: Christof Stacheandreas Gebert/AFP/Getty Images

After more than a decade of war, formal talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government will begin in the coming weeks, the country’s presiden(...)

An image grab taken from the Jordanian TV shows flames erupting from a building hit by an airstrike against Islamic State by warplanes of the Jordanian Air Force. Photograph: Jordanian TV/AFP/Getty Images.

Arab leaders have bemoaned what they call a lack of strategy and weapons in the fight against jihadists groups like Islamic State, a security confe(...)

Afghan people watch the announcment of the first cabinet of Afghanistan’s national unity government, at a shop in Kabul. Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

After weeks of political paralysis, Afghanistan’s new president has fulfilled what many thought should have been his first duty: he has formed a gove(...)

 Governor of Helmand Province, Muhammad Naeem Baloch (third from right), visits the location of a rocket attack which hit a house where a wedding was taking place in the Sangin District. Photograph: Watan Yar/EPA

Afghanistan assumed full responsibility for security from departing foreign combat troops on Thursday, a day after Afghan army mortar shells killed(...)

US general John Campbell, commander of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force, salutes during the change of mission ceremony in Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

The US-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission on Sunday, more than 13 years after an international alliance ousted the Talib(...)

Detainees sit in a holding area  at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. File photograph: Reuters/US Department of Defence.

The United States has returned four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country.US officials said the transfer from the detention centre is(...)

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(...)

Tribal elders and representatives from the Yahya Khel district pray after a meeting with Afghanistan’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Afghans are being treated to the unfamiliar spectacle of their leaders trying to outdo one another in good governance even as they remain hopelessly d(...)

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani (l) walks with Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs, after arriving at Chaklala Airbase in Rawalpindi near Islamabad today. Photograph: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

New Afghan president Ashraf Ghani made his first state visit to neighbouring Pakistan today, kicking off a two-day trip aimed at rebuilding damaged(...)