Afghanistan

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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(...)

 The Irish passport is among the best in the world for entrepreneurs.

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you’d best grab an Irish passport. A new study has ranked the Irish passport as the second best one in t(...)

Fatima Abdullah and her husband Abdullah Afghan with their children Azlaan and Anaya. They couple live in Bettystown, Co Meath and work as doctors. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fatima Abdullah was on a break from her medical career when the coronavirus pandemic hit Ireland in March 2020. A qualified doctor, Abdullah moved to (...)

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Photograph: Handout/Navalny team Youtube page/AFP via Getty Images

The US and EU have imposed sanctions on Russian officials accused of playing a role in poisoning and jailing Russia’s most prominent opposition politi(...)

US president Joe Biden makes his way to his vehicle in the snow, after attending Mass at Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Church in Wilmington, Delaware on February 7th. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

It’s a month since the United States and the world watched Joe Biden being sworn in as 46th US president. Standing on the steps of the US Capitol, the(...)

A huge pall of smoke rises from blazing fuel tankers at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in Herat Province, Afghanistan, on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo

A fuel tanker exploded on Saturday afternoon at a crowded border post in western Afghanistan, setting off an enormous fire that spread to more than 1(...)

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