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Taliban fighters and medical staff stand outside the gate of a hospital and prepare to attend to casualties after an explosion at the Imam Saheb district in Kunduz province. Photograph:  AFP

A bombing at a mosque and religious school in northern Afghanistan on Friday killed at least 33 people, including students of a religious school, a Ta(...)

Supporters of newly elected Pakistani prime minister Shahbaz Sharif celebrate outside their party office, in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photograph: Muhammad Sajjad/AP Photo

Sehbaz Sharif was elected Pakistan’s new prime minister on Monday, marking the return to power and influence of the nation’s two main political dynast(...)

Supporters of  Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav ahead of Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections in Allahabad in February. Photograph:   Sanjay Kanojia /AFP

If the 32 criminal cases against him are to be believed, Yogesh Verma makes for a formidable opponent. They range from rioting and assault to attempte(...)

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(...)

Women on a  New Delhi street. India has more women than men for the first time on record, according to government data. Photograph:  Prakash Singh/AFP

For the first time in more than three decades India’s gender ratio appears to have tilted in favour of women. According to the fifth National Family(...)

Indian farmers celebrate at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border after prime minister Narendra Modi announced all three farm laws will be repealed. Photograph: Harish Tyagi

Narendra Modi will abandon contentious agricultural market reforms that sparked year-long protests from Indian farmers and a major challenge to his au(...)

 A cyclist endures the heavy smog in New Delhi    as the city’s s air quality reached  dangerous levels following  the Diwali festival. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

New Delhi was smothered in a noxious smog on Friday, the morning after Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, after large numbers of residents in India(...)

The HSE is to make greater use of social media and other forms of communication to encourage members of migrant communities to be vaccinated.

The HSE is to target migrant communities in an attempt to increase vaccination uptake which is running far behind the general population. Central St(...)

Dublin Civic Trust described Niall McCullough as ‘one of the great minds of our time’. Photograph: McCullough Mulvin Architects site

Dublin Civic Trust is among those that have paid tribute following the death of influential architect and writer Niall McCullough. In a post on socia(...)

Several wounded people were seen waiting for help along a road in the deeply conservative city of Bahawalnagar in the eastern Punjab province of Pakistan. Photograph: iStock

A powerful roadside bomb exploded among a procession of Shia Muslims in central Pakistan, killing at least three and wounding more than 50 people, loc(...)

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