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The new hypersonic glide vehicle was launched with a ‘Long March’ rocket, seen here carrying the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft in the Gobi Desert near Jiuquan, China, last month. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August that circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space(...)

Samia Ahmadi, whose father and fiancŽe were both killed in an errant drone attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/New York Times

The US defence department has said it is committed to offering condolence payments to relatives of the 10 people killed in an errant US drone strike i(...)

Fr Tony Flannery accused Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary (pictured above) of lacking ‘ordinary human compassion’. Photograph: James Forde

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has disputed a claim that he refused permission for Fr Tony Flannery to celebrate the funeral Mass for his sister Ger(...)

A US Air Force aircraft prepares for take-off from the airport in Kabul on Monday. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

The US commander responsible for troops in Afghanistan announced the final American withdrawal from the country, as the military wrapped up its massiv(...)

Members of the Taliban patrol outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. Photograph:  EPA/Stringer

US president Joe Biden warned on Saturday that another militant attack was highly likely as US troops began their withdrawal from Kabul airport after (...)

 People attempt to get access to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday night amid ongoing chaos at the airport as thousands try to flee Taliban rule. Photograph: EPA

The likelihood of the US extending the emergency evacuation from Afghanistan beyond August 31st has receded as the Taliban warned that any delay of th(...)

Taliban fighters on patrol in Kabul on Thursday. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

US soldiers crept out of Bagram Airfield in the dead of night on July 1st. As they departed, they shut off the electricity in the fortified military b(...)

  A US Air Force plane safely evacuated 640 Afghans from Kabul on Sunday, according to US defense officials. Photograph: Capt Chris Herbert/US Airforce/AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban pledged on Tuesday to protect the rights of women within the limits of Islamic law and grant amnesty to its opponents, as they sought to s(...)

 American soldiers overseeing training of their Afghan counterparts at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province in 2016. Photograph:  Adam Ferguson/The New York Times

US president Joe Biden’s top advisers concede they were stunned by the rapid collapse of the Afghan army in the face of an aggressive, well-planned of(...)

Afghans look on on Friday as Taliban militants gather around the main square after taking control of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second biggest city. Photograph: EPA

Taliban insurgents have seized Afghanistan’s second- and third-biggest cities as resistance from government forces crumbled, stoking fears that an ass(...)

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