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Russian president Vladimir Putin takes part in a virtual meeting with leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Photograph: Evgeniy Paulin,  Sputnik, Kremlin Poo/AP

Russia and several ex-Soviet allies have pledged to work together to ensure the crisis in Afghanistan does not destabilise Central Asia, as the Kremli(...)

Supporters of Zhou Xiaoxuan, a feminist figure who rose to prominence during China’s MeToo movement, in Beijing. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty

A surge of public anger over a pair of high-profile sexual assault cases in China has revitalised efforts by the country’s struggling #MeToo movement (...)

Unforgettable: Prince at Malahide Castle in 2011. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/WireImage for NPG

As Ireland waits to get back to the full live-performance experience, our writers recall the concerts that will remain with them forever Ash, SF(...)

Taliban members on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

The images of the desperate scramble to get on to helicopters and planes to escape Kabul have brought back vividly memories of that earlier humiliatin(...)

The Dixie Fire burns near Quincy, California, US, in July 2021. The economic costs of avoiding climate action are huge. Photograph: Nic Coury/The New York Times

Big rows are coming in the autumn on climate policy. The Government signed off on the Climate Action Bill, but agreeing how to make it happen will be (...)

Revealing accounts by some holdouts published by The Irish Times this week show that while some are confirmed sceptics, many are merely wary. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty

Did you hear about the conservative talk show host in Florida who urged people not to give in to the “power trip libb loons” and say no to the vaccine(...)

A Taliban fighter holds RPG rocket propelled as he stands guard with others at an entrance gate outside the interior ministry in Kabul. Photograph: Javed Tanveer/AFP via Getty Images

Russia is stepping up diplomatic and security activity around Afghanistan after the return to power of the Taliban, which Moscow sees as a blow to wes(...)

The Hong Kong-traded shares of Alibaba fell more than 3 per cent on Friday after a punishing session in New York overnight.

China’s biggest tech stocks dropped after the country approved a strict data privacy law, prompting renewed concerns among investors over the intensit(...)

Wall Street indexes were supported by gains in defensive and heavyweight technology stocks on Thursday afternoon. Photograph: Bloomberg

Falling commodity prices, regulatory shake-ups in China and signs that the United States may ease up on economic stimulus hit European shares hard on(...)

Anti-vaxxers: protesters in Dublin in September 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In April 2020, near the start of the global pandemic, Felix Kartte was working 14-hour shifts as an EU policy officer, struggling to monitor a barrage(...)

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