A quarter of a century after the Cold War, dreams of harmony and consensus are shot to pieces
Gun and bomb assault on president's Kabul palace is 'audacious', but does it mean Taliban are divided?
If we've decided to 'cut and run' by holding talks with Afghan insurgents, why not just cut and run now?
PM admits UK is paying 'high price' for Afghanistan mission as British death toll rises to 444
Ordinary Cypriots are sympathetic to the Russians, who have boosted economy during the recession
Fears that violence will escalate after killing of Taliban leader praised for peaceful stance with Pakistan
Murder of a senior bureaucrat proves that women face spiralling violence in Afghanistan
Turkish request to Nato comes as fears grow of Assad using chemical weapons
Controversial, political, comical: after twice rejecting EU membership, Norwegians give award to Brussels
Opinion digest: Obama and Romney’s beer and burger competition, plus Turkish-Syrian relations
Cross-border mortar attack will boost demands for Nato military intervention, can the West trust Turkey?
Turkish parliament gives go ahead to deployment of troops in Syria following deadly cross-border mortar attack
Opinion Digest: the Hillsborough police scandal and why families now need inquests to be re-opened
Opinion Digest: Bold option in Cabinet reshuffle; the breakdown in trust in Afghanistan
Hamid Karzai says he has ordered the arrest of Najiba's murderers but manhunt will be hard
Opinion Digest: That book... and why Andy Murray's detractors should be ashamed of themselves
Retreat is the most difficult military operation to carry out - because there is no hope of victory
Opinion digest: the impending Facebook sell-off, the Elgin marbles and closing the Royal's nightclub