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Laila Haidar enjoys tea and live music with her regular customers and friends at her restaurant, Taj Begum, in Kabul. Haidari runs a popular cafe that allows men and women to dine together, whether married or not, with or without a head scarf, and uses the profits to fund a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts. Photograph: Kiana Hayeri/New York Times

It was a rare sight, even after 18 years of progress in Afghanistan: more than 700 women from across the country, gathered to send an unequivocal mess(...)

Civilians evacuated this week from Baghouz, the Islamic State terror  group’s last enclave in Syria. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

US-backed Syrian fighters said on Friday they expect a fierce battle with Islamic State militants still holed up in their last enclave in eastern Syr(...)

Women and children who fled the Islamic State  group’s last embattled holdout of Baghouz wait to evacuate the area in Syria’s northern Deir Ezzor province, last Friday.  Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Washington’s plan to retain a small group of peacekeeping troops in Syria is a tactical reversal of US president Donald Trump’s strategic decision to (...)

Angela Merkel  and Mike Pence (L) leave after a photo call during the 55th Munich Security Conference this weekend. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a strong rejoinder Saturday to US demands that European allies pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and gave a (...)

Iran’s  Hassan Rouhani,  Russia’s Vladimir Putin  and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan  at a trilateral meeting about Syria in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 14th. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov

Russia, Iran and Turkey have welcomed the US’s decision to withdraw its troops from northern Syria, but have failed to agree on a plan to deal with th(...)

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un first met  in Singapore last June. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet for a second time on February 27th and 28th in Vietnam, the president announce(...)

President Donald Trump  in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg

Details of a second summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be announced early next week, Mr Trump said on T(...)

Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi  speaks during a press briefing on the 27th day of a partial government shutdown. Photograph: Reuters/Joshua Roberts

US president Donald Trump has cancelled the US delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos as the impasse over the US government shutdown d(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to disrupt an orderly US withdrawal from Syria. Photograph: EPA/STR

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s public snubbing of US national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday is the latest sign of the disarray surrounding President(...)

US national security adviser John Bolton  and Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin  following their meeting  in the Turkish capital Ankara. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The fallout from Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw US troops from Syria intensified on Tuesday as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a blis(...)

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