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.(...)

A Hazara militia member  on patrol in January against Taliban insurgents in Hisa-e-Awali Behsud district of Maidan Wardak Province. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

The slaughter of students, mostly teenagers, at a tutoring centre. The deaths of young athletes in a suicide bombing at a wrestling club. Mothers shot(...)