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Mastercard says that from 2024, its credit and debit cards will not be required to have a strip ‘in most markets’.

Mastercard is phasing out the magnetic strip that has been the vital element of all credit and debit cards since the 1960s. The financial services gi(...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar: Reputation of being a potent military leader and a subtle political operator.  Photograph: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban leader freed from a Pakistani jail on the request of the US less than three years ago, has emerged as an undisputed v(...)

 American soldiers overseeing training of their Afghan counterparts at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province in 2016. Photograph:  Adam Ferguson/The New York Times

US president Joe Biden’s top advisers concede they were stunned by the rapid collapse of the Afghan army in the face of an aggressive, well-planned of(...)

Vienna has become the latest centre of reports of symptoms for US staff. Photograph:  Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images

US president Joe Biden’s top aides were told on Friday that experts studying the mysterious illnesses affecting scores of diplomats, spies and their f(...)

An Afghan National Army commando stands guard on top of a vehicle  in the Enjil district of Herat province on August 1st. Photograph: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

Habiba was cooking in her home near an abandoned Nato base in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar when a police officer knocked on her door.(...)

 US Capitol police officer Sgt Aquilino Gonell becomes emotional as he testifies before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Image

It was, I must admit, a virtuoso performance by Sean Hannity. Not since the sheriff in Blazing Saddles put a gun to his own head and took himself host(...)

An Afghan security official stands guard as people arrive to offer Eid al-Adha prayers at a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan. Photograph: Alil Rezayee/EPA

The first group of Afghan interpreters, drivers and their families arrived in the United States on Friday, as the Biden administration sought to evacu(...)

Family tree: Séamas O’Reilly in a family photograph taken in 1990

My father may have been a widowed parent to 11 children, but that wasn’t going to stop him bringing us on holiday – which meant caravan parks, gett(...)

A woman checks the website of the Israel-made Pegasus spyware at an office in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on Wednesday. Photograph: Mario Goldman/AFP

Forget China, or the worst excesses of the most sophisticated surveillance agencies such as the US’s Central Intelligence Agency and National Security(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: His health is “the biggest wild card” in assessing stability in North Korea, says Sue Mi Terry, a former CIA analyst. Photograph: STR/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

The ultimate challenge for spies and analysts studying North Korea is accurately assessing the health of Kim Jong-un, the 37-year-old dictator of the (...)

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