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Two members of Ascend Athletics, who moved from Afghanistan to Co Wicklow after the Taliban took over the country, taking a walk by the sea at Wicklow harbour: ‘I’ve never seen the sea before I came to Ireland.’ Photograph: Jade Wilson

Before the Taliban captured Kabul and took over Afghanistan last year, a group of Afghan women who met through an athletics programme never imagined t(...)

US president Joe Biden:  Many of Biden’s problems stem from disagreements within his own party. Photograph: Jim watson/AFP via Getty

In Joe Biden’s boyhood hometown in Pennsylvania they are talking about rebuilding the old rail line to New York. The last passenger train to run the (...)

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(...)

 Afghan woman begs for alms during a snowfall in Kabul, earlier in January. Photograph: EPA/Stringer

Afghan farmer Abdul Qaher cannot remember a worse drought. Unable to feed his four children after losing his harvest, he took the drastic decision to (...)

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson has faced a barrage of criticism over allegations that there were parties in breach of Covid-19 rules in government offices, including his own. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

British prime minister Boris Johnson’s staff were invited to a “bring your own booze” party in the garden of his Downing Street residence during the f(...)

Sohail Ahmadi (R), who was separated from his parents at the airport in the chaos of the US evacuation of Afghanistan in August 2021, is held by the wife of Hamid Safi, a taxi driver who found Sohail on the ground at Kabul airport and tracked down the family, at Sohail’s grandfather’s house in Kabul on January 9, 2022. Photograph: Mohd Rasfan / AFP via Getty Images

A baby boy handed in desperation to a soldier across an airport wall in the chaos of the American evacuation of Afghanistan has been found and was reu(...)

Ashraf Ghani, then president of Afghanistan, at a campaign rally in Kabul, September 2019. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

The former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has broken his silence with his first interview since fleeing Kabul four months ago, in effect blaming the in(...)

Pro-Trump supporters storm the US Capitol following a rally with president Donald Trump on January 6th, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

January 6th: Donald Trump, refusing to accept his defeat in the US presidential election, holds a rally outside the White House, urging his supporters(...)

Brothers Jamal  and Iqbal Nasiri, who had to flee their home in Afghanistan, in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

People who salute brothers Iqbal (26) and Jamal (22) Nasiri on the streets of Ballaghaderreen would never imagine the drama that preceded their arriva(...)

A pharmacist from one of the Afghan Red Crescent’s mobile health teams provides medicines during a community visit on December 15th. Photograph:  Disasters Emergency Committee/PA Wire

Like millions of Afghans, Sibghatullah Ahmadi was happy about the end of 20 years of war in his country. Fighting had devastated his village in Kapisa(...)

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