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Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has been suspended for four matches for breaching the anti-racism code in Tuesday’s second one-day international again(...)

American soldiers are picked up  in the village of Hazarbuz, Afghanistan, in June 2006. The US and the Taliban have ended six days of some of the most serious Afghan peace negotiations to date. File photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Taliban officials said US negotiators on Saturday agreed a draft peace deal setting out the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan within 18 mo(...)

People attend the funeral on Sunday of the family members who were shot dead  by the police in  Lahore, Pakistan, on Saturday. Photograph: Rahat Dar/EPA

At first, police described a weekend shooting in central Pakistan as a successful operation against a group of terrorists: four dead, including a midd(...)

Where did Leo Tolstoy come across those boring happy families he wrote about?

Ah yes, Mr Charisma. Flirting with all the women, life and soul of the party, shirt out, pissed as a newt – not that I ever saw one, drunk or sober. S(...)

Federal workers and contractors rally against the partial federal government shutdown. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Arriving back to Washington DC last weekend, the queues in Dulles Airport were longer than usual. The capital’s main international airport seemed to (...)

Paul O’Donovan celebrates winning gold in the Men’s Lightweight Sculls Final at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam in August 2016. Photograph: Herman Dingler/Inpho

If you want to see a cross-section of Irish rowing in 2019, the chance is fast approaching. The Irish Indoor Championships features world champions Pa(...)

US military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij on December 30th. The city is controlled by Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have been fighting the Islamic State terror group with US support. Photograph:   by Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images

A 34-year-old man from Houston who is said to have sent a CV and cover letter seeking a job with Islamic State has been seized on a battlefield in Syr(...)

Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev (45), who is originally from Belarus, came to Ireland in the early 2000s and obtained Irish citizenship and an Irish passport. Photograph: Syrian Democratic Forces

A suspected Islamic State terrorist captured by Kurdish-led forces in Syria a week ago lived in Ireland for about a decade and was on a Garda watchlis(...)

The refugee application centre on Mount Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More people from Georgia are now claiming asylum in the Republic than from any other country in the world following a sudden spike over the past two y(...)

Some Department of Justice sources said trends around asylum seeking had always fluctuated. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The number of asylum claims made in the Republic increased significantly in 2018 and is on course to exceed 3,500 for the first time in a decade. The(...)

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