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Tajikistan president Emomali Rahmon with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow in May. Rahmon is expected to push the Afghan resistance’s case with  Putin in a forthcoming meeting. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

As the international community wrestles over whether to recognise the new Taliban regime in Kabul, one country has quickly made clear where it stands.(...)

Afghan policemen  at a checkpoint in Panjwai district of Kandahar province on Sunday, after fierce fighting in the area with Taliban forces. Photograph: Javed Tanveer/AFP via Getty Images

It is not without reason that Afghanistan is known as the “graveyard of empires”. The ancient Greeks, the Mongols, the Mughals, the British, the Sovie(...)

 China’s president Xi Jinping: In turning from the “greater Middle East” to China, the US turns from a vicious but containable adversary to a historically awesome one. Photograph:  Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Washington has no cannier lobbying firm than the Pentagon. As such, the war games that predict a US rout by China should be taken with more salt than(...)

Indonesian Navy submarine KRI Nanggala sails in the waters off Tuban, East Java, Indonesia, as seen in this aerial photo taken from Indonesian Navy helicopter of 400 Air Squadron, in this Monday, October 6th, 2014 photo. Photograph: Eric Ireng/AP Photo

Indonesia’s president has ordered an all-out effort to find a missing submarine in a race against time to save the 53 crew. Indonesia sent a helicopt(...)

A handout picture posted by Kira Yarmysh, press secretary of Alexei Navalny, on Twitter shows the anti-corruption activist  and his wife Yulia  before passing the border control at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has urged Russians to launch street protests against the country’s rulers, after he was jailed for 30 days on his arri(...)

An Armenian soldier smokes a cigarette at  the frontline near Aghdam, Nagorno-Karabakh. Photograph: Alex McBride

In Stepanakert, the de facto capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, follow the cigarettes. Passed silently from man to man on street corners, makeshift shelters(...)

Ganja, Azerbaijan, after a recent shelling. The city lies in the west of Azerbaijan to the north of Nagorno-Karabakh, close to crucial oil and gas pipelines that run from the capital Baku to Turkey. Photograph: Azerbaijan Defence Ministry/EPA

Heavy fighting over the disputed Caucasus mountain region of Nagorno-Karabakh intensified over the weekend as ethnic Armenian forces bombarded Azerbai(...)

Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government via a teleconference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, on Tuesday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

The officials from a secretive Russian security force seemed to know exactly what they wanted when they reached out to Olga Izranova’s company last sp(...)

 Passangers arriving at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Vantaa, Finland, on  Septemper 19th. Photograph: Kimmo Brandt/EPA

Sweden may have hogged the international headlines over its handling of Covid-19, but its Nordic neighbour to the east may be just as interesting. Fi(...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny: Fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20th. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin after stating that Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition activist, was poisoned with the c(...)

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