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Several people were wounded in the attack on Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital in Kabul, according to a ministry of interior official. Photograph: STR/Getty/AFP

Gunmen disguised as police attacked a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, killing 16 people including two newborn babies from a matern(...)

Afghan security officials parade a group of suspected militants allegedly accused of planning attacks on government and security forces after their arrest, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photograph: Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a move to launch direct talks between the Afghan government an(...)

Hospital workers carry an injured person  after an attack in Kabul on Friday in which 27 people were killed. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Islamic State gunmen opened fire at a ceremony in Kabul on Friday, killing at least 32 people in the first major attack in the city since the United (...)

Guards at an entrance to the five-star Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar, Pakistan. File photograph: Getty Images

Three gunmen attacked a luxury hotel in Pakistan’s southwestern port city of Gwadar on Saturday, killing at least one guard and battling security for(...)

A man adjusts a religious motif on a Tazia (miniature replicas of shrine) ahead of the festival of Ashura in Karachi, Pakistan. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

A suicide bombing at a Shia Muslim mosque killed at least 10 people in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan on Thursday, officials said, raising fear(...)

A file image of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud with other militants in south Waziristan, in this still image taken from video shot October 4th, 2009. Photograph: Reuters

The Pakistani government accused the US of sabotaging peace talks with domestic Taliban fighters by killing their leader in a drone strike, as the mil(...)

A US drone strike in Pakistan killed Hakimullah Mehsud (left), the head of the Pakistani Taliban, the latest in a series of blows to Pakistan’s most feared militant group. Photograph: Reuters

Pakistani Taliban fighters secretly buried their leader early today after he was killed by a US drone aircraft and quickly moved to replace him while (...)

Nawaz Sharif (front left), leader of Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz, speaks with his brother Shahbaz Sharif, former chief minister of Punjab, in Lahore. Photograph: Reuters/Mohsin Raza

Nawaz Sharif, the former Pakistani prime minister whose party is forecast to win the most seats in this week’s general election, plans to open (...)