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The Afghan government’s forensic medicine directorate, where female virginity tests are carried out, in Kabul. Photograph:  Andrew Quilty/New York Times

The teenage girl had barely survived an attempted mob lynching in Kabul. The police responded by forcing her to undergo a virginity examination. An (...)

Afghan National Army  soldiers keep watch outside the Bagram Airfield entrance gate, after an explosion at the Nato air base, north of Kabul on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

A Taliban suicide bomber dressed as a labourer blew himself up at the Nato air base at Bagram north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing f(...)

Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl”, arrives to meet  Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Afghanistan’s president on Wednesday welcomed back Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” whose 1985 photo in National Geographic became a symbol (...)

 Afghan security member engages in operation against Taliban militants in Helmand province of  Afghanistan: there were angry protests by civilians who brought the bodies of many of the dead into Kunduz. Photograph: Watan Yar/EPA

Dozens of Afghan civilians were killed on Thursday in air strikes called in when US and local troops came under heavy fire during an operation in the (...)

Afghan policemen search commuters at a checkpoint in Lashkar Gah, the capital city of Helmand province. Recent weeks have seen the Taliban overrun Kunduz for the second time and threaten Lashkar Gah. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban and representatives of the Afghan government have restarted secret talks in the Gulf state of Qatar, senior sources within the insurgency (...)

Suleiman Abdullah Salim, a Tanzanian man who was tortured for years in a prison in Afghanistan run by the CIA. Photograph: Bryan Denton/New York Times

At first, the Americans seemed confused about Suleiman Abdullah Salim. They apparently had been expecting a light-skinned Arab, and instead at a small(...)

Afghan policemen stand guard near the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Mohamed Ismail/Reuters

At least 14 people were killed on Tuesday when a gunman in a police uniform opened fire on worshippers gathered at a shrine in the Afghan capital of K(...)

The snow leopards range across the snowy mountains of a dozen countries in Central and South Asia, but their numbers had declined in recent decades as hunters sought their spotted pelts and farmers killed them to protect livestock. Photograph: Getty Images

A unique conservation effort in Afghanistan has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink and given hope to one of the poorest and mos(...)

Afghan security personnel keep watch in front of the entrance to the charity organisation Care. Photograph: Wakil Koshar/AFP/Getty Images

Militants have stormed a building housing an international aid organisation in Kabul, provoking an overnight firefight with security forces in which t(...)

“From our safe distance, it’s plain that global peace will not flow from the public humiliation of a woman by armed police on a French beach.” File photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images

Part of the problem with the burkini fiasco, is that the name itself is misleading. It sounds like a refashioned burqa but omits the burqa’s singular (...)

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