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Taliban celebrate ceasefire in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan in June 2018:  Pakistani officials confirm early talks have begun between the Taliban and US. Photograph: Parwiz

US officials have met their Taliban counterparts at least twice in the past three months, according to intermediaries who helped set up the meetings, (...)

Elin Ersson live-streamed her protest on the flight from Gothenburg to Turkey on Facebook.

A lone student activist on board a plane at Gothenburg airport has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit(...)

Vox Motus ‘Flight’ at the  Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Drew Farrell

“It was always difficult getting an audience for my 9am lectures on sociology,” President Michael D Higgins joked to the 600-strong crowd gathered at (...)

A Pakistani and Afghan immigrants living  in Turkey in harsh conditions, many working in  the waste paper collection business. Photograph: Ozcan Soysal/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Surrounded by her children and mother-in-law in an unfurnished apartment in eastern Turkey, Hakima tells of a traumatic recent few months. She and he(...)

People celebrating the  ceasefire  in the Rodat district of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan.  Photograph: Reuters

A suicide bomber struck in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad yesterday, killing at least 19 people. It was the second attack in as many days tar(...)

A Taliban operative holds a flag in Kabul, Afghanistan. The writing on the flag reads: “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official has s(...)

  An undated handout video grab file taken from footage released by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan  in 2014 shows its head Mullah Fazlullah (C) at an undisclosed location at the Pakistan-Afghan border. File photograph: Handout/EPA

Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan defence ministry official said on (...)

Afghan security officials stand guard at a check point in  Afghanistan. The conflict remains in a stagnant situation following the end of NATO’s  mission in in 2015 which initially helped the Taliban make military advances territorially. Photograph: Muhammad Sadiq/EPA

The Afghan Taliban on Saturday announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Muslim Eid holiday in the middle of June, their first offer of its ki(...)

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani: has urged ceasefires with the Taliban before, but this was the first unconditional offer since he was elected in 2014. Photograph:  Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Mus(...)

Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan April 30th, 2018. Photograph: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 26 people on Monday, including nine journalists who had arrived to report on an initial blast (...)

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