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Fireworks light up the sky over the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Friday. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

Few modern Olympics have escaped controversy. Ten days before the Mexico Games began in 1968, government forces murdered hundreds of unarmed civilian (...)

Three rockets landed outside the palace in Kabul. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/ AFP

Rockets hit the Afghan capital on Tuesday, landing near the presidential palace during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, officials and m(...)

An unused common detainee space in the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty

The United States has transferred an inmate at Guantanamo Bay to Morocco, the first such transfer of the Biden administration, after former president (...)

The main square in Kunduz, Afghanistan. For weeks, the northern city has suffered daily street battles. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/New York Times

The Afghan way of war in 2021 comes down to this: a watermelon vendor on a sweltering city street, a government Humvee at the front line just 10 metre(...)

Outdoor dining on Capel Street, Dublin, amid a July heatwave combined with a new  surge in Covid-19 infections. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Another 1,377 cases of Covid-19 have been reported on Saturday by the Department of Health, with 78 persons in hospital and 22 in intensive care. Dr (...)

Danish Siddiqui had been embedded as a journalist since earlier this week with Afghan special forces based in the southern province of Kandahar.

Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border cros(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Joe Biden, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg

Angela Merkel hailed the German-US relationship as she met Joe Biden in the White House in what is likely to be her final trip to the United States as(...)

A US patrol in Afghanistan. The US  will evacuate thousands of Afghan interpreters and others who helped US forces in the country starting in late July. Photograph:  Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration announced plans to evacuate Afghan nationals this month who helped the US during the 19-year war, as criticism of the US deci(...)

A Taliban flag (on right)  is raised on the Afghan side of the Pakistani-Afghan border at Chaman, Pakistan on Wednesday. Photograph:  Akhter Gulfam/EPA

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan seized control of a major border crossing with Pakistan on Wednesday, one of the most important objectives they have a(...)

 Citizens take part in a protest near the police station of Petionville after Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated this week. Photograph:  Richard Pierrin/Getty Images

The streets of Haiti had been clogged for months with angry protesters who burned tyres, stormed banks and robbed stores. Gangs, with the sometimes ta(...)

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