Afghanistan

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 An Afghan man holds the  body of a relative at a hospital in Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A suicide blast in a mainly Shia area of Kabul killed at least 48 people on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of attacks that have killed hundreds of ci(...)

An Afghan man injured in clashes between security forces and Taliban militants receives treatment at a hospital in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Photograph: Mohammad Anwar Danishyar/EPA

Afghan troops backed by US forces gained control of most of the embattled city of Ghazni on Tuesday, officials said, while a Taliban attack in another(...)

The social network has agreed a deal to broadcast Spain’s national football competition over the next three seasons in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives

Facebook has won the rights to screen La Liga matches across the Indian subcontinent in a deal that will allow hundreds of millions of south Asian use(...)

The old district of Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang province, in 2016  . Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, is an autonomous region that is home to 10 million Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

International pressure is growing on China after reports that more than one million ethnic Uighurs are being interned in political re-education camps (...)

One kiss or two, or may be three. Photograph: iStock

I’ve come to dread bumping into acquaintances unexpectedly, particularly if they’ve recently returned from holidays. You pretend to be delighted to se(...)

US president Donald Trump owes his grip on eminent Republicans to cravenness on their part and ruthlessness on his. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Consider some headlines from the serious press over the past year. “Why Americans should fight Donald Trump’s isolationism.” “Trump’s Neo-isolationism(...)

 A view of the crime scene where three foreigners working for international food company Sodexo were abducted and killed by unknown gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Photograph:  Jawad Jalali/EPA

Militants abducted and killed three foreign nationals working for international food company Sodexo in Kabul on Thursday, deepening concerns about se(...)

Bosca Brexit: the best of Ireland

The British government has revealed it is making plans to stockpile food and drugs in the event it crashes out of Brexit on March 29th without a deal,(...)

Taliban celebrate ceasefire in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan in June 2018:  Pakistani officials confirm early talks have begun between the Taliban and US. Photograph: Parwiz

US officials have met their Taliban counterparts at least twice in the past three months, according to intermediaries who helped set up the meetings, (...)

The Red Arrows flying over Dublin city centre  on Saturday evening. Photograph: Frank Grealish

The Royal Air Force Red Arrows offered a preview of their air display to Dubliners on Saturday night as they carried out a fly past along the River Li(...)

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