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Internally displaced Afghan children sit outside their makeshift house at a refugee camp in Kabul yesterday, which was World Refugee Day. Photograph: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

A fresh effort to end Afghanistan’s 12-year-old war looked in trouble yesterday after a diplomatic spat about the Taliban’s new Qatar office delayed p(...)

US president Barack Obama waves after speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Under a scorching sun, on the former cold war fault line at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, US president Barack Obama vowed yesterday to push for a(...)

Talking to the Taliban

There was an inevitability about the announcement that the US will open talks with the Taliban from the time back in 2009 when US generals began openl(...)

Afghan security officials attend a handover ceremony at a military academy on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo/

Following an official announcement by President Hamid Karzai, yesterday Nato forces in Afghanistan officially ‘transitioned’ security responsibilit(...)

US president Barack Obama has insisted his intelligence services are “not rifling through emails” or eavesdropping on phone calls of ordinary citizens(...)

Afghan president Hamid Karzai: said negotiations with the US on what American and coalition security forces will remain in the country after 2014 have been put on hold. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Afghan president Hamid Karzai said today his government would not join US peace talks with the Taliban and halted negotiations with Washington on a tr(...)

Police officers prepare for a patrol in Kabul today.  Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

A bomb targeted a senior Shia Muslim cleric in the west of Kabul today, police said, shortly before the international military coalition marked its(...)

An Afghan woman wearing a burqa carries a child  along a street on the outskirts of Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Afghanistan’s parliament failed to pass a law today banning violence against women, a severe blow to progress made in women’s rights in the co(...)

Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A suicide bomber in a car targeted two vehicles carrying foreign forces in the Afghan capital, Kabul, today killing at least six Afghan civilia(...)

A man looks on as a girl runs down an alleyway hung with election campaign posters from the PML-N party. Photograph:Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif looked poised today to return to office with a resounding election victory — a mandate that could(...)

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