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Afghan householders stand on the roof of a house in Badakhshan province after a powerful earthquake hit the nation in 2015. Photograph: Sharif Shayeq/AFP via Getty Images

An earthquake rocked western Afghanistan on Monday, killing more than 20 people and destroying hundreds of homes, local authorities said. The 5.6-mag(...)

The  ‘Gates of Hell’ is seen near Darvaza, Turkmenistan. Photograph: AP Photo/Alexander Vershinin

The president of Turkmenistan is calling for an end to the flames at one of the country’s most notable sites – the blazing natural gas crater widely r(...)

Taliban spokesman on foreign affairs Abdul Qahar Balkhi: “Some journalists are coming and just looking for sensationalist stories that are fake.” Screengrab: Al-Jazeera

Articulate and media-savvy, Abdul Qahar Balkhi is part of the new image that the Taliban is trying to cultivate – at least for now. One of the younges(...)

European Council president Charles Michel. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

European capitals and top EU officials are trying to deepen co-operation with central Asian states to evacuate people from Afghanistan and ensure that(...)

A newspaper stall in Karachi. Pakistan could face blowback for sponsoring and hosting the Afghan Taliban if the Pakistani Taliban revive. Photograph: Shahzaib Akber/EPA

The swift Taliban victory in Afghanistan could have a profound impact on its Central Asian neighbours, the Middle East and Africa where governments ar(...)

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.(...)

A US patrol in Afghanistan. The US  will evacuate thousands of Afghan interpreters and others who helped US forces in the country starting in late July. Photograph:  Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration announced plans to evacuate Afghan nationals this month who helped the US during the 19-year war, as criticism of the US deci(...)

Afghan policemen  at a checkpoint in Panjwai district of Kandahar province on Sunday, after fierce fighting in the area with Taliban forces. Photograph: Javed Tanveer/AFP via Getty Images

It is not without reason that Afghanistan is known as the “graveyard of empires”. The ancient Greeks, the Mongols, the Mughals, the British, the Sovie(...)

Internet speed: Only a handful of European countries, including Italy and Greece, fare worse than Ireland.

Average broadband speeds in Ireland continue to be among the lowest in Europe although the country did fare better than many others during lockdown, a(...)

Dublin: in terms of the euro area, the captal was found to be the most expensive place, primarily because of high rents, which are now on average more than €2,000 a month. Photograph: iStock

Spiralling accommodation costs have made Dublin the most expensive place in the euro zone to live, costlier than Paris, Berlin and Rome, according a n(...)

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