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Maria Symonds-Gooding: a green-painted wooden crane for pots and kettles to be heated over an open fire came from the house of Peig Sayers.

There is an important piece of social history in a stone cottage near Dunquin in west Kerry; a cottage that appears modest in size on first entering, (...)

Pakistani police  cordon off the site after a bomb blast at a fruit and vegetable market in Quetta on Friday. Photograph: Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images

A suicide bomb ripped through an outdoor Pakistani market on Friday, killing at least 18 people, half of them ethnic Hazaras, officials said, in an at(...)

Supporters of Imran Khan celebrate on a street in Lahore, Pakistan. Photograph: Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Early unofficial results give former cricket star Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party a commanding lead in the country’s general electio(...)

Pakistani security personnel rescue an injured woman after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist church during a Sunday service in Quetta. Photograph: Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Two suicide bombers have attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing eight people and wounding 42 others. Sarfaraz Bugti, home ministe(...)

Security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb blast near the inspector general of police’s office in Quetta, Pakistan. Photograph: Fayyaz Ahmad/EPA

Bombs killed nearly 30 people in Pakistan on Friday, with a suicide car bomber killing at least 13 in the southwestern city of Quetta, and two blasts (...)

An instructor at the seminary founded by Mawlawi Shah Agha Hanafi visits his burial site on the school’s grounds in Togh-Bairdi, Afghanistan. Photograph:  Jim Huylebroek/New York Times

A lone grave, its dirt mound shaded under the drooping branches of a mulberry tree and kept adorned with flowers, has become a daily stop for seminary(...)

Security officials examine the site of a suicide bomb attack   in southwest Pakistan. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

A bomb exploded next to a convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistan senate on Friday in the violence-plagued province of Baluchistan, killing at l(...)

A handout picture released by Qatar’s  2022 World Cup organising committee  shows Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi  holding six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi  in Doha. Photograph: AFP

A six-year-old Afghan boy who became a viral sensation when photographed wearing a shirt made from a striped blue plastic bag with Lionel Messi’s name(...)

Pakistani mourners with  the coffins of some of those killed in an attack on the Police Training College in Baluchistan, Quetta. Photograph: Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images

A total of 61 people have died after militants wearing suicide vests stormed a police academy in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, sparking a(...)

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 (...)

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