Refugees and migrants   after disembarking  at the port of Piraeus, near Athens: Afghans were already excluded from the relocation scheme agreed in October that aims to resettle 160,000   refugees. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

Eleven years ago, he was a man of influence and power, holding the position of deputy minister for pilgrimage and religious affairs in the Afghan gove(...)

Relatives of the 2014 Peshawar school attack victims pray during a candlelight ceremony for the victims of the Bacha Khan university in Peshawar on Wednesday. Photograph: Jeeda Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

Attacks on education have long been a signature atrocity of the Pakistani Taliban, whose militants have set schools on fire, banished girls from class(...)

 The aftermath of a suicide attack on Pakistani government offices in Mardan, Pakistan. Photograph: Bilawal Arbab/EPA

A suicide bomber attacked a government office in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 70, Pakistani off(...)

Afghan national army soldiers inspect buildings at Kandahar airport on Wednesday after clashes between security forces and Taliban insurgents. Photograph:  Jawed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images

Dozens of people were killed and wounded in fighting at the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar after an overnight attack by Taliban insu(...)

Protesters carry the coffin of a member of the Hazara community murdered by Islamist militants, in a march through Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph: Jawad Jalali

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani appealed for calm after angry protesters from the ethnic Hazara minority tried to force their way into his Kabul palace(...)

 Afghan women pass through a bazaar following the recapture of Kunduz by Afghan security forces. Photograph: Jawed Kargar/EPA

The Taliban said on Tuesday they were pulling back in the city of Kunduz in the north of Afghanistan in order to protect civilians, as fighting contin(...)

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(...)

Malala Yousafzai: she was shot in the head in October 2012 when she was returning home from school with her classmates on a bus

A Pakistani court has sentenced 10 men to life in prison for their role in the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Nobel laureate who defi(...)

Political leaders walking in solidarity after the attacks in  Paris. Photograph: EPA

How are we to understand last week’s events in Paris? Why are people prepared to kill and die for their beliefs? How should liberal democracies respon(...)

Relatives and Afghan security officials stand outside the Emergency hospital in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand, Afghanistan.  Afghan police are investigating a rocket strike on a wedding party that killed at least 28 people, many of them women and children. Photograph: Watan Yar/EPA.

Afghan police are investigating a rocket strike on a wedding party that killed at least 28 people, many of them women and children.The deputy police c(...)