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A child plays among stray dogs and a collapsed building at the Bagrami refugee camp in Kabul earlier this year. War in Afghanistan has eroded the social bonds and community safety nets that underpinned hundreds of thousands of rural Afghans' lives. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Nine Taliban suicide bombers killed themselves and 44 others today in an attack on a courtroom in western Afghanistan where 10 of their comrade(...)

A man walks past damaged houses on a street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria’s two-year-old conflict with more than 6,000 documented deaths, a leading anti-regime activist (...)

A soldier stands guard at a sentry post, at the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Photograph: Jacky Chen/Reuters

North Korea pledged today to restart a nuclear reactor which can make one bomb’s worth of plutonium a year, escalating tensions already raised by n(...)

South Korean tanks move over a temporary bridge during a river-crossing military drill in Hwacheon near the border with North Korea yesterday. Photograph: Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images

The US has deployed F-22 stealth fighter jets to South Korea to join military drills in an attempt to deter further threats from North Korea an(...)

A South Korean soldier patrols as South Korean trucks leave the South's customs, immigration and quarantine office near the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial complex in North Korea, just south of the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

South Korean president Park Geun-hye said today there would be strong and swift military response to any North Korean provocation without regard to(...)

Noam Chomsky. “The oil dictatorships, the countries that the West really cares about for obvious reasons, their uprisings have been suppressed very harshly and very successfully, with western support.” Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty

For a man of 84 who has described himself with approval as “a boring speaker”, Noam Chomsky meets a daunting schedule of public appearances, sp(...)

North Korean army officers punch the air in a sign of loyalty at a rally in Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang, North Korea. Photograph: Jon Chol Jin/AP

North Korea stepped up its warlike rhetoric at the weekend, declaring that the Korean peninsula was in a “state of war” and saying that its nuc(...)

Veselin Vlahovic during his sentencing hearing in the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina today. The Montenegrin former warlord has been jailed for 45 years for murder, rape and torture of non-Serb civilians in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war. Photograph: Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Reuters

A Montenegrin former warlord was jailed for 45 years today for the murder, rape and torture of non-Serb civilians in Sarajevo in the Bosnian wa(...)

Nabeel Rajab outside his home in Manama last year, holding some of the teargas canisters that had been fired into his house. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Medical ethics is apparently too sensitive an issue to discuss in Bahrain following the cancelling of an international conference that was bein(...)

President Francois Bozize of the Central African Republic: has fled into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Reuters

Rebels in Central Africa n Republic seized control of the country's riverside capital Bangui today, forcing President Francois Bozize to flee i(...)

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