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 Taliban members in Laghman Province, Afghanistan: Many fear the extremist group will return to power after the Americans leave. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/New York Times

US withdrawal of US and Nato troops from Afghanistan could precipitate all-out civil war, leading to the return to power of the fundamentalist Taliban(...)

US secrerary of state Antony Blinken with Abdullah Abdullah, the head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, in Kabul on Thursday. Photograph:  Sapidar Palace handout/EPA

US secretary of state Antony Blinken flew to Kabul on Thursday in an unannounced visit to show support for the Afghan government a day after Presiden(...)

US president Joe Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House, in Washington, DC, about the withdrawal of the remainder of US troops from Afghanistan. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/Pool/EPA

US president Joe Biden has announced a plan to withdraw all remaining US troops from Afghanistan, formally ending the 20-year, largely unsuccessful Am(...)

US soldiers  take position during a patrol in Ibrahim Khel village of Khost province, Afghnistan,  on April 11th, 2010. Photograph: Massoud Hossaini/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw the remaining US troops from Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021, 20 years to the day after al-Qaeda’s att(...)

Skaramagas: boys play in a kindergarden at the refugee camp near Athens. Photograph: Panayotis Tzamaros/NurPhoto via Getty

Shouts of Yassas koritsia – Hello girls – boom across the hustle and bustle, carrots tumble down sloped stands, potatoes stand tall in perfect pyramid(...)

Members of a Taliban red unit, an elite force, in Laghman Province’s Alingar district in Afghanistan last year. Photograph:  Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

The Taliban’s swagger is unmistakable. From the recent bellicose speech of their deputy leader, boasting of “conquests”, to sneering references to the(...)

US troops in Kuschamond, Afghanistan. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty

As expected, US president Joe Biden has spent much of his first months in office focusing on domestic challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic and,(...)

Erik Prince: founder of private military contractor Blackwater USA. Photograph:  AP Photos/Susan Walsh

Erik Prince, the US private security contractor and former head of Blackwater Worldwide, tried to help a renegade general take control of Libya and “a(...)

Demonstrators in Bern hold a sign reading “against racist anti-muslim, sexist, normalisation” during a protest after the face-veil ban referendum was narrowly approved by the Swiss electorate on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP

Of Switzerland’s 450,000 Muslims – one in 20 of the country’s population, according to a recent study – perhaps as many as 37 wear the Muslim partial (...)

 Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi has set out to reboot the country’s vaccination programme which is run, with varying degrees of success, by regional governments. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA/ANSA

It did not take Mario Draghi long to make a mark in Europe as Italian prime minister. At his first EU summit as premier at the end of last month, the(...)

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