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People carry Afghanistan’s national flag on the 102nd Independence Day of the country in the Wazi Akbar khan area of Kabul on Thursday. Photograph:  Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

The Taliban was facing growing signs of dissent in several cities as Afghans carried the national flag in a second day of protests, sparking a crackdo(...)

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg gives a briefing on the situation in Afghanistan in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Nato

European allies had hoped Joe Biden’s election to the US presidency would bolster Nato’s relevance after Donald Trump’s acrimonious years. Washington’(...)

Cardinal Raymond Burke: ‘I was raised in an Irish Catholic family which had a keen sense of the moral law.’ File photograph: Getty

Irish-American Cardinal Raymond Burke (73), a Covid-19 vaccine sceptic, has been placed on a ventilator after testing positive for the virus last week(...)

Walking away: Like his predecessors, Joe Biden has fulfilled an election promise. But there is no link between political closure at home and the script that foreigners will follow. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

So it has come full circle. What started as an operation to eradicate al-Qaeda has ended two decades later with the return of its Afghan enablers to p(...)

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(...)

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