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Afghan president Ashraf Ghani will hold his presidential inauguration ceremony on Monday. Photograph: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images)

The Taliban militant group said peace talks with the Afghan government next week were unlikely to take place because rivals for the presidency were bo(...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan’s Taliban and the US in Doha, on Saturday. Photograph: Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

In truth the peace deal signed by the US and the Taliban is more to do with US withdrawal of its 12,000 troops than it has to do with peace in Afghani(...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: REUTERS/Ibraheem al Omari

The United States signed a historic deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could see a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and(...)

US soldiers look out over hillsides  at the Afghan National Army  checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province in June 2019. Photograph:  Thomas Watkins/AFP/Getty Images

The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on February 29th at the end of a week long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, US s(...)

 Marieke Vervoort of Belgium celebrates as she wins gold in the Women’s 100m T52 Final at  the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 5th, 2012. (Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Champagne flutes were hastily unpacked from boxes, filled to their brims and passed around the room. Dozens of people stood around inside Marieke Verv(...)

 Ciara Mageean at the launch of Circle K’s “Here for Ireland” initiative at Killiney Hill Park, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Three weeks back at home, three fresh needle pricks into a vein of her forearm. Ciara Mageean takes some comfort in telling us she has been drug teste(...)

In her interactions with Eir, a reader, Fidelma, dealt with “many rude reps and two nice ones”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Regular readers will know that Eir has featured on this page quite a bit over the last year and although the company has promised a dramatic overhaul (...)

Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya  in the  1,500m  final during day ten of the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Don’t look now. After 10 long days and even longer nights the curtain came down on the World Championships in Doha with credibility and impossibility (...)

 Sifan Hassan of Netherlands celebrates wining gold in the Women’s 1,500 metres. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Oh mercy. Now that was properly incredible, Sifan Hassan producing the single most impressive women’s 1,500 metres in World Championship history to co(...)

Rows of empty seats and sparse attendances have become  a familiar sight at the   World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Diego Azlubel/EPA

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympics Committee, has been on a bizarre tour. You know, the kind where you visit countries with que(...)

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