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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(...)

Hamad Arshad with his daughters  Suakyna (8), Shaane-Zahra (2), Urwah (4) and Libah (6) at their home in Dunboyne. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture it Photography

When Hamad Arshad first arrived in Ireland in 2002, he spent most of his free time in one specific spot – a phone box in Blanchardstown. Feeling homes(...)

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(...)

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(...)

US president Joe Biden: “Will we allow the backward slide of . . . democracy to continue unchecked, or will we together have a vision . . . and courage to once more lead the march of human progress and human freedom forward?” Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

The Biden administration has said it is working with the US Congress on a new presidential initiative valued at up to $424.4 million (€376 million) to(...)

 Taliban police patrol the city centre in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, last month. Photograph: Victor J Blue/The New York Times

More than 100 former members of the Afghan security forces in four provinces have been killed or disappeared by the Taliban in the first 2½ months of (...)

Malik Amir Iqbal came to Ireland from Pakistan in 2015 seeking asylum. Photograph: Arif Amod

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin has been urged to intervene on behalf of a Pakistani man who has liv(...)

Lighting, ventilation and air conditioning systems in indoor cannabis grow houses require huge amounts of energy. Photograph: iStock

The environmental impact of drug use is obvious in many parts of Ireland. Used needles and crack pipes are common sights on some city streets, while d(...)

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(...)

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