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There are fears that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s renewed fervour for the doctrine of self-reliance developed by his grandfather Kim Il Sung is laying the ground for years of deepening isolation. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images

For decades, Kuwait was a critical hub in North Korea’s network of foreign outposts. Every year, thousands of labourers would take an Air Koryo flight(...)

In a televised address from his summer residence on the Côte d’Azur, French president Emmanuel Macron called for an international initiative to prevent Afghanistan ‘becoming again the sanctuary for terrorism that it was in the past’. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron warned on Monday night that the Taliban victory in Afghanistan is likely to propel a substantial flow of migrants tow(...)

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(...)

A full-scale replica of Adolf Hitler’s office  is seen in Berlin’s Mitte district as part of an exhibition. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Start a conversation about Donald Trump these days and it’s only a matter of time before someone mentions Adolf Hitler. But if your subject is Hitler(...)

Sharifa Wasie: ‘I was there for seven or eight years when the Taliban were in government . . . I can’t even talk about how badly they treated women’

The fall of the Afghanistan government and the resurgence of the Taliban has shocked the growing Afghan community in Ireland. Sharifa Wasie (48), a (...)

Afghan army soldiers officially number 300,000  but ‘it’s fair to say that in reality there are far fewer’. File photograph: Getty

Just six weeks ago US president Joe Biden seemed confident that the 300,000 men of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces had the training, e(...)

 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(...)

Cardinal Raymond Burke claimed that Covid-19 was being used “by certain forces, inimical to families and to the freedom of nations, to advance their evil agenda”.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Image

Irish-American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Covid-19 vaccine sceptic, has confirmed he now has the virus. In the past year he has questioned the need fo(...)

The US Senate has secured  votes to pass a  $1 trillion infrastructure Bill to rebuild the nation’s deteriorating roads and bridges and fund new climate resilience and broadband initiatives. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

The US Senate has passed a sweeping $1 trillion (€853 billion) infrastructure Bill that will provide hundreds of billions of dollars to upgrade Americ(...)

Fox News host Tucker Carlson speaks at a political event in Esztergom, Hungary on August 7th. Photograph: Janos Kummer/Getty Images

For a masterclass in tact, see the midpoint of Tucker Carlson’s chat with Viktor Orbán last week. Broadcasting from Hungary, the Fox News host commise(...)

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