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Britain’s prime minister David Cameron  speaks during a news conference with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. Photograph: Leon Neal/pool/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron pledged to work with Pakistan to fight terrorism and try to bring peace to Afghanistan, while also offering to he(...)

In 1974, following the Birmingham pub bombings, SAS troops in Co Armagh used a guided missile to destroy a car carrying suspected members of an IRA ac(...)

Smoke rises from the site of an attack in Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Taliban militants attacked key buildings near Afghanistan’s presidential palace and the US CIA headquarters in Kabul, a brazen assault that could dera(...)

Mary O’Keeffe, who was chairperson of the Ballygar Special Olympics Host Town for the Afghan team in 2003, displaying an album of photographs from the time at the sign which still stands at the entrance to Ballygar. Included in the photograph are Geraldine Kelly who was secretary and Pat Gilmore who was public relations officer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy. 13/6/2013

Ballygar was one of 177 cities, towns and villages hosting teams of athletes from around the world before the competitions began.The Co Galway town ha(...)

Reporter Michael Hastings who died on Tuesday in a car crash  in Los Angeles. Photograph: Reuters

Michael Hastings, the award-winning freelance reporter who died Tuesday at 33, was known for an intrepid, gonzo-style journalism that took him to war (...)

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.(...)

US president Barack Obama waves after speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Under a scorching sun, on the former cold war fault line at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, US president Barack Obama vowed yesterday to push for a(...)

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(...)

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