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Afghan security personel inspect the site of a suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Herat on Tuesday. Photograph: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images

A suicide bomber stormed into the largest Shia Muslim mosque in Afghanistan’s Herat province on Tuesday, killing at least 20 and wounding dozens more,(...)

Skiing in Bamyan, Afghanistan: While most would baulk at  such an unusual break, travel companies organise  regular trips to some of the most wartorn countries in the world. Photograph: Abdul Latif Azimi/AFP

Next week, a small group of Europeans will travel from the ancient city of Erbil, in northern Iraq, to the peaks around Choman, near the Iranian borde(...)

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(...)