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Political leaders walking in solidarity after the attacks in  Paris. Photograph: EPA

How are we to understand last week’s events in Paris? Why are people prepared to kill and die for their beliefs? How should liberal democracies respon(...)

Relatives and Afghan security officials stand outside the Emergency hospital in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand, Afghanistan.  Afghan police are investigating a rocket strike on a wedding party that killed at least 28 people, many of them women and children. Photograph: Watan Yar/EPA.

Afghan police are investigating a rocket strike on a wedding party that killed at least 28 people, many of them women and children.The deputy police c(...)

A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine to a child in Karachi, Pakistan. Photograph: Shahazaib Akber/EPA

Gunmen killed three Pakistani women and their driver on Wednesday on their way to meet a police escort, according to police in the southwestern city o(...)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai speaking at the World Children’s Prize ceremony in  Sweden yesterday. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News/Reuters

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education campaigner shot by the Taliban, has donated $50,000 (€39,711) towards the reconstruction of schools in Gaza (...)

A man clears debris from the tarmac of Jinnah International Airport, in Karachi, after Sunday’s attack by Taliban militants.  Photograph: Athar Hussain/Reuters

Pakistan’s Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for an attack on a security academy at Karachi’s airport yesterday, less than 48 hours after an a(...)

 Bomb disposal experts display explosives and hand grenades which had been meant for use by Pakistani Taliban militants at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi today. Photograph: Athar Hussain/Reuters

Their backpacks stuffed with food and ammunition, a squad of highly trained Taliban fighters last night attacked Pakistan’s biggest airport in what t(...)

Nigerian abductions

In the five years of its insurgency in Nigeria’s northeastern provinces Islamist group Boko Haram has been involved in dozens of massacres of civilian(...)

Habiba Sarobi, centre, former governor of Bamian Province, who is running for vice president, stands for the Afghan National anthem before speaking in Kabul, on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Mariam Wardak is one of those young Afghans with her feet in two worlds. At 28, she has spent much of her adult life in Afghanistan, but she grew u(...)

Afghan policemen stand guard near the site of an attack in Kabul in which gunmen fired shots inside the luxury Serena hotel. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters.

Four Taliban gunmen have been killed in a shootout with security forces after they attacked a luxury hotel today in the centre of the Afghan ca(...)

Residents call rescue workers for help at the site of a bomb blast in Peshawar in Pakistan today in which at least eight people were killed. Photograph: Fayaz Aziz/Reuters.

A suicide bomber has killed at least eight people near a mosque frequented by minority Shi’ite worshippers in a densely populated neighbourhood of the(...)

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