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Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai arrives for the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives in Moscow on Tuesday. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

Senior Afghan politicians, including former president Hamid Karzai, began a meeting with Taliban representatives in Moscow on Tuesday, weeks after the(...)

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(...)

US president Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping  in Beijing.  The absence of an international rival has been a disaster for the internal politics of the US. And the emergence of a new one, in China, might be an unexpected blessing. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/Getty Images

Outside this columnist’s residence in Washington, the power centre of the world, are potholes the approximate depth and radius of elephant footprints.(...)

A  Syrian Democratic Forces fighter keeps watch  in Hajin, in the Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria, on December 15th, 2018. File photograph: Getty Images

A group of Dublin-based Isis fundraisers was collecting money in the Republic and sending it to the terrorist group in Syria while staying below the r(...)

 Fortified Kawkaban town in  Al-Mahwit province in Yemen: the ancient site was destroyed entirely.   Photograph:  DEA/C Dani/I Jeske/De Agostini/Getty

Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe has galvanised the international community to put pressure on the warring sides to cease fire and negotiate peace, re(...)

“Het Financieele Dagblad” journalist  Ans Boersma: “I’ve been declared an ‘undesirable person’ in Turkey.”  Photograph: Twitter

Turkey on Thursday deported a 31-year-old journalist who works for Dutch newspapers, accusing her of links to the militant Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda of(...)

Forensic police officers investigate an abandoned car alleged to have been used by militants in the dusitD2 attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Kenyan bomb disposal experts have found and safely detonated an explosive left over from the extremist attack on a Nairobi luxury hotel and office com(...)

Kenyan security forces walk outside the DusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images.

Kenya’s president sought to restore calm on Wednesday, saying that a deadly attack by suspected al-Shabaab militants on a hotel complex in Nairobi was(...)

A busy street in the northern city of Idlib, Syria’s mostly rebel-held province. Photograph:   Muhammad Haj Kadour / AFP

Al-Qaeda’s offshoot in Syria has consolidated its hold over the northwestern Idlib province, opening the door for a postponed Syrian army offensive ag(...)

Syrian civilians cross from rebel-held areas in Idlib province into regime-held territories on December 27th, 2018. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/ AFP/Getty

Battles between rival insurgent factions in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province have killed dozens of fighters over the past week and left al-Qaeda af(...)

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