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Khyal Mohammad Ghayoor, a defence ministry official in the Taliban’s first government who fled to Pakistan when US troops swept into Afghanistan, at his new job as head of Kabul’s traffic police. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

It was 20 years ago when the jihadi, a defence ministry official in the Taliban’s first government, fled Afghanistan as US troops swept into the count(...)

More than 4ft (1.2m) of snow fell in the area of the Murree Hills resort, near the capital Islamabad, on Friday night and early on Saturday. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

Roads at a popular Pakistani resort were cleared on Sunday after the deaths of 22 people who were stuck in their cars during a heavy snowstorm as temp(...)

Naima Chaudhry. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Naima Chaudhry was studying for her master’s degree at UCD, she did not tell her classmates that she lived in a direct provision centre. The Paki(...)

Hundreds of Afghans who have already been approved to come here are struggling to get the paperwork needed to travel. File photograph: EPA

More than 200 Afghans granted visa waivers to come to Ireland have not yet made it here because of numerous barriers facing people trying to get out o(...)

Indian paramilitary soldiers standing guard in  city centre Lal Chowk in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Photograph:  EPA/Farooq Khan

Thousands of migrant workers are continuing to flee India’s insurgency-ridden northern Kashmir region each day after 11 civilians were shot dead recen(...)

A Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying a handful of passengers, which is the first international commercial flight to land since the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan on August 15th, is seen after landing at the airport in Kabul, on Monday. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) commercial passenger flight took off from Kabul airport on Monday, bound for Islamabad, a Reuters witness said(...)

Taliban fighters on the Afghanistan side of the Torkham crossing , Pakistan. The crossing, 180 miles from Kabul, is one of the nearest land routes out of the country and into Pakistan. File photograph: Getty

Young Taliban fighters wearing scruffy high-top sneakers and white headbands inscribed with Koranic verses patrol the dusty Torkham border crossing be(...)

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the new caretaker cabinet. Photograph: EPA

The Taliban named Mullah Hasan Akhund, an associate of the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, as head of Afghanistan’s new government on Tuesday and(...)

Taliban fighters at the airport in Kabul on Tuesday. Photograph:  Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

The Taliban celebrated their victory over the United States on Tuesday, firing guns into the air, parading coffins draped in US and Nato flags and set(...)

US president Joe Biden speaks on Tuesday about the ongoing evacuation in Afghanistan. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

No, the western alliance is not about to break up. And America is not about to drift off into some isolationist reverie. Afghanistan is too peripheral(...)

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