In the book, which has now been adapted for the stage, young boys in 1970s Afghanistan fly bright, elegant kites which have been weaponised for attack

The Kite Runner ★★★ Gaiety Theatre, Dublin   There is a brutal beauty described in Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel The Kite Runner. In the boo(...)

A paramilitary police officer carries the body of Alan Kurdi (3)  after a number of migrants died when the boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized near the Turkish resort of Bodrum on September 2nd, 2005. Photograph:  AP Photo

At least 8,500 people have died or disappeared while attempting to cross the Mediterranean since the death of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian bo(...)

Khaled Hosseini, UNHCR goodwill ambassador.

Like millions around the world, I have been moved by the recent public outcry and spontaneous acts of solidarity towards refugees in Europe. As an am(...)

A member of an Afghan women’s rights activist group puts flowers on the grave of Farkhunda, the 27-year-old woman who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul. She is now being treated as a martyr. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

In indignant tones, the Islamic law student told her family about the superstitious practices she had witnessed earlier that day at a historic shrine (...)