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Former France manager is to take over at Paris Saint-Germain. Photograph: Mal Langsdon/Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain believe they have concluded their search for a new manager with the appointment of Laurent Blanc on a two-year contract. The move (...)

The Political Bureau for Afghan Taliban in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Mohammed Dabbous/Reuters

Preliminary Afghan peace talks in Qatar between US and Taliban officials are unlikely to take place today as had been expected, according to a source.(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin: Russia holds huge amounts of carbon credits due to the collapse of its economy in the 1990s. Photograph: Alexei Nikolskyi

Russia has won the Climate Action Network’s “Fossil of the Week” award after being accused of blocking progress during the first five days of a two-we(...)

Kevin Manning riding Dawn Approach to win The Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October 2012. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

It requires something of a leap of faith to believe Dawn Approach can win this afternoon’s Epsom Derby but if the Irish star pulls it off, then racing(...)

British and French insistence on having the right to supply weapons to Syrian opposition forces has prevented a renewal of the European Union’s consen(...)

Patrick Dwyer, a recruitment specialist and general manager of Executives Online GCC (Gulf Council Committee)

“Qatar is the world’s best kept secret.” That’s according to recruitment specialist Patrick Dwyer, who moved to the tiny Middle Eastern country last s(...)

A man, wearing a surgical mask as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus, pays for medicine at a hospital pharmacy in Khobar city in Dammam. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer (Saudi Arabia)

With the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome/novel Coronavirus (nCoV) and H9N7 influenza A virus exercising the best scientific minds in the World Health(...)

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