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European Council president Charles Michel. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

European capitals and top EU officials are trying to deepen co-operation with central Asian states to evacuate people from Afghanistan and ensure that(...)

A newspaper stall in Karachi. Pakistan could face blowback for sponsoring and hosting the Afghan Taliban if the Pakistani Taliban revive. Photograph: Shahzaib Akber/EPA

The swift Taliban victory in Afghanistan could have a profound impact on its Central Asian neighbours, the Middle East and Africa where governments ar(...)

An Afghan National Army commando stands guard on top of a vehicle  in the Enjil district of Herat province on August 1st. Photograph: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

Habiba was cooking in her home near an abandoned Nato base in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar when a police officer knocked on her door.(...)

A US patrol in Afghanistan. The US  will evacuate thousands of Afghan interpreters and others who helped US forces in the country starting in late July. Photograph:  Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration announced plans to evacuate Afghan nationals this month who helped the US during the 19-year war, as criticism of the US deci(...)

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(...)

Internet speed: Only a handful of European countries, including Italy and Greece, fare worse than Ireland.

Average broadband speeds in Ireland continue to be among the lowest in Europe although the country did fare better than many others during lockdown, a(...)

Dublin: in terms of the euro area, the captal was found to be the most expensive place, primarily because of high rents, which are now on average more than €2,000 a month. Photograph: iStock

Spiralling accommodation costs have made Dublin the most expensive place in the euro zone to live, costlier than Paris, Berlin and Rome, according a n(...)

 US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (R) and Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko (L) shake hands in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/Pool/Belta/EPA

The US has offered to supply Belarus with all the oil it needs and end its energy dependence on Moscow, amid rising concern in Minsk that Russia’s pus(...)

The audit planned by the Department of Foreign Affairs is scheduled to begin later this month. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Department of Foreign Affairs is to carry out an audit of Goal as it “normalises” its relationship with the charity three years after it was hit b(...)

Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev waves to audience during a rally in  April, 2015. File photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, announced his resignation on Tuesday saying the oil-rich central Asian nation he has ruled for 30 y(...)

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