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Afghan president Ashraf Ghani with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the US Capitol in Washington on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Shawn Thew

While the world continues to take stock of Joe Biden’s recent meetings with EU, G7 and Russian leaders during his trip to Europe, the US president’s m(...)

A Hazara militia member  on patrol in January against Taliban insurgents in Hisa-e-Awali Behsud district of Maidan Wardak Province. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

The slaughter of students, mostly teenagers, at a tutoring centre. The deaths of young athletes in a suicide bombing at a wrestling club. Mothers shot(...)

Afghan military personnel walk near the airport during fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in 2015. File Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Taliban insurgents have captured more than 50 of 370 districts in Afghanistan since May, the UN special envoy said on Tuesday, warning that increased (...)

A number of arrests relating to dissident republicanism were also made. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eighteen people were arrested in Ireland last year on suspicion of involvement in Islamist terrorism. Seventeen of the arrests related to the suspect(...)

John Murry: ‘I think Nietzsche was right when he said that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’

If you’re after cheery crowdpleasers, John Murry is not your man. Murry is 41, barely known, and has never come close to denting the charts. Yet he ha(...)

I discovered travel writing as a teenager in the 1990s. Books by writers like Paul Theroux and Patrick Leigh Fermor seemed to have been designed for a(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with US president Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16th. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Sometimes it’s the words one doesn’t say that tell the real story. In his press conference following his meeting with US president Joe Biden, Russian (...)

US president Joe Biden sits in a limousine in Geneva. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Pool/AFP via Getty

Joe Biden will hold his first meeting as US president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday, on the final stop of his week-long tr(...)

US president Joe Biden speaking with British prime minister Boris Johnson at a Nato summit in Brussels on Monday. Photograph:  Olivier Matthys/POOL/EPA

The cold war film Dr Strangelove owes its shelf-life to its portrait of US-UK, not US-Soviet, relations. The straight man of the piece is a British ex(...)

 US air force training personnel flying over Kabul in December 2018. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

The Pentagon is considering seeking authorisation to carry out air strikes to support Afghan security forces if Kabul or another major city is in dang(...)

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