Ashraf Ghani becomes president of Afghanistan five months after first votes were cast
Video 'marks a new departure' for IS filmmakers as hostage delivers 'composed propaganda message'
Government accused of sending 'mixed messages' about their mission against Islamic State militants
Strikes move closer to Baghdad as Obama launches campaign to 'degrade and destroy' militant group
Social media users proved the embarrassing gaffe was real after officials insisted the stamps were 'fakes'
Jihadists threaten to behead a second British aid worker, who travelled to Syria to help refugees
Arab states offer support to US military campaign, but CIA says IS may be much larger threat than originally estimated
By taking land from Palestinians in the West Bank, Israel ensures long-term peace looks hopeless
Barack Obama announces US military expansion in Middle East in speech he had 'hoped to avoid'
Refugees from Sudan and Eritrea were pressured to move on, Human Rights Watch says
A street vendor in Kabul sells balloons to a group of Afghan children. Although the economy in Afghanistan has shown some signs of improvement since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, low wages and unemployment remain challenges for the government.
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