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Palestinian riot police officers scuffle with protesters during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty

  The blocks are hurled at the police, bounce off their shields and fall to the ground. The young Palestinian men keep advancing towards t(...)

The combination of spoken word and jazz is rare, except as movie shorthand for pretentiousness, so pianist Vijay Iyer’s ongoing collaboration with (...)

Afghan president Hamid Karzai speaks to Afghan delegates during the Loya Jirga, a traditional forum dealing with significant decisions affecting the whole country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: EPA

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has reluctantly urged his countrymen to let US forces stay on in the country for another decade, saying that altho(...)

A fireman hoses a road next to a destroyed bus at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul today. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

A suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle providing security for a compound where Afghanistan’s political and tribal elites are due (...)

An Afghan army soldier walks through a poppy field  in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Files/Reuters.

Afghan opium cultivation has hit a record high as international forces prepare to leave the country, the United Nations said today, with concern that (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before their meeting with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva this evening. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today that important gaps needed to be bridged in high-stakes talks with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme -(...)

A British soldier in Afghanistan. A British royal marine was convicted of murder today following the execution of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan.  Photograph: PA Wire

A British royal marine was convicted of murder today following the execution of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan. A court martial board found the (...)

Commodore Mark Mellett will become the most senior Naval Irish Officer in the history of the State when he takes over his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Defence Forces.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has promoted a Naval Service leader to the position of Defence Forces deputy chief of staff for the first time in th(...)

A file image of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud with other militants in south Waziristan, in this still image taken from video shot October 4th, 2009. Photograph: Reuters

The Pakistani government accused the US of sabotaging peace talks with domestic Taliban fighters by killing their leader in a drone strike, as the mil(...)

A US drone strike in Pakistan killed Hakimullah Mehsud (left), the head of the Pakistani Taliban, the latest in a series of blows to Pakistan’s most feared militant group. Photograph: Reuters

Pakistani Taliban fighters secretly buried their leader early today after he was killed by a US drone aircraft and quickly moved to replace him while (...)

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