Exiles, revolting prisoners and sporting health
Bashar al-Assad
Podcast

Exiles, revolting prisoners and sporting health

Will Syrian criminals be allowed home? How did an American prison fall into the hands of inmates? And why are sports stars struggling with their menta…
15 Oct 2021
Newcastle’s Saudi takeover: what is ‘sportswashing’?
Newcastle play their home games at St James’ Park
In Focus

Newcastle’s Saudi takeover: what is ‘sportswashing’?

Amnesty calls for meeting with the Premier League over owners’ and directors’ test
14 Oct 2021
The row over Sally Rooney’s Israeli translation boycott
Sally Rooney pictured during a panel event in 2020
Getting to grips with . . .

The row over Sally Rooney’s Israeli translation boycott

The author is refusing to sell rights to Israel-based publisher to print her latest novel in Hebrew
13 Oct 2021
What the arrest of ‘chief financier of jihad’ means for Isis
Sami Jasim Muhammad al-Jaburi shortly after being detained by Iraqi security forces
In Depth

What the arrest of ‘chief financier of jihad’ means for Isis

Islamic State’s Sami Jasim Muhammad al-Jaburi captured by by Iraqi security forces
12 Oct 2021
From the Arab Spring to a refugee crisis: exploring Syria’s decade of civil war
Aerial photo of huge protest
In Depth

From the Arab Spring to a refugee crisis: exploring Syria’s decade of civil war

Ten years after the first battles between Syrian government forces and the armed opposition, no resolution is in sight
7 Oct 2021
Ben Roberts-Smith: the soldier accused of killing ‘helpless Afghans’
Ben Roberts-Smith arrives in court in Sydney
Profile

Ben Roberts-Smith: the soldier accused of killing ‘helpless Afghans’

The former special forces corporal is suing newspapers for defamation in case that renews spotlight on alleged military abuses
5 Oct 2021
Al-Qaeda rebuilding to plan US attacks within ‘two years’
A Taliban fighter stands guard at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul
In Depth

Al-Qaeda rebuilding to plan US attacks within ‘two years’

Terror group is recovering after occupation and drone attacks diminished its threat
16 Sep 2021

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Afghan brain drain: ‘best and brightest’ flee Taliban rule
A Taliban fighter watches over a protest led by Afghan women in Kabul
In Depth

Afghan brain drain: ‘best and brightest’ flee Taliban rule

Insurgents struggling to stop exodus of highly educated and skilled workers ‘needed to make the country governable’
14 Sep 2021
America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: a retreat into isolationism?
President Biden
In Brief

America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: a retreat into isolationism?

‘In his selfish unilateralism’, Biden is no better than Trump, said The Daily Telegraph
10 Sep 2021
The Palestinian prisoners who escaped high security jail through the toilet
Israeli prison officers conduct a search after the break-out
Why we’re talking about . . .

The Palestinian prisoners who escaped high security jail through the toilet

Getaway hailed by Palestinian factions but described as ‘a grave incident’ by Israeli PM Naftali Bennett
7 Sep 2021
Taliban close to crushing last bastion of resistance in Panjshir Valley
Resistance fighters in the Panjshir Valley
The latest on . . .

Taliban close to crushing last bastion of resistance in Panjshir Valley

Militant group claims victory but local opposition forces have vowed to fight on
6 Sep 2021
How did the Afghanistan War start?
US troops in Afghanistan
In Depth

How did the Afghanistan War start?

Invasion by Western forces followed many years of internal conflict
3 Sep 2021
Afghan refugees to be schooled on British ‘values, culture and civic duties’
Afghan refugees at Heathrow
The latest on . . .

Afghan refugees to be schooled on British ‘values, culture and civic duties’

Scheme for those fleeing Taliban rule will emulate programmes in Italy, France and Germany
3 Sep 2021
The rise of Isis-K, the Islamist terrorist group with ‘merciless’ tactics
Tributes to the victims of the 26 August suicide bombing at Kabul airport, displayed on a street in Mumbai
In Brief

The rise of Isis-K, the Islamist terrorist group with ‘merciless’ tactics

Last week it claimed responsibility for the ‘dramatic assault’ on Kabul airport – an attack that killed up to 170 people
3 Sep 2021
Was the US occupation of Afghanistan an inevitable failure?
An Afghanistan flag is seen waving in front of a US flag on 28 August 2021 in Washington, DC
In Depth

Was the US occupation of Afghanistan an inevitable failure?

Bush vowed the US would rebuild the war-torn country. But 20 years and $2trn later, the ‘nation-building folly’ has ended in ‘catastrophe’
2 Sep 2021
Biden failed a ‘no-fail mission’, official claims
US troops during the evacuation of Kabul airport
The latest on . . .

Biden failed a ‘no-fail mission’, official claims

President seeks to cast evacuation as ‘extraordinary success’ as blame mounts over chaotic airlift
2 Sep 2021
Does Afghanistan mark the end of the ‘American century’?
Joe Biden departs after giving his closing remarks on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan
In Depth

Does Afghanistan mark the end of the ‘American century’?

Joe Biden describes withdrawal as an end to efforts to ‘remake other countries’
1 Sep 2021
Where will be next target for global jihad?
A member of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad pictured in 2004
Today’s big question

Where will be next target for global jihad?

Militant insurgents already hold territory in a string of poor and unstable states
31 Aug 2021
Will the Kabul attack lock Biden into a ‘forever war’ against Isis?
Joe Biden addresses the press following the attacks on Kabul
In Depth

Will the Kabul attack lock Biden into a ‘forever war’ against Isis?

President vows revenge against extremists following airport suicide attack
27 Aug 2021
Does the Kabul catastrophe spell doom for President Biden?
President Joe Biden
Today’s big question

Does the Kabul catastrophe spell doom for President Biden?

The ‘shockingly naive way’ he went about withdrawing US troops certainly reflects badly on him, says The Wall Street Journal
27 Aug 2021
British embassy ‘left details’ of local Afghan staff for Taliban
British embassy in Afghanistan
The latest on . . .

British embassy ‘left details’ of local Afghan staff for Taliban

Paperwork identifying employees abandoned by British officials in their retreat
27 Aug 2021
Will Afghanistan become a safe haven for terrorists?
Kabul explosions
In Depth

Will Afghanistan become a safe haven for terrorists?

Multiple explosions reported near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul
26 Aug 2021
The curious case of Carrie and the animal airlift
Carrie Johnson
Behind the scenes

The curious case of Carrie and the animal airlift

Row breaks out over former Marine’s attempt to evacuate cats and dogs
26 Aug 2021
What women can and can’t do in Saudi Arabia
Saudi women
In Depth

What women can and can’t do in Saudi Arabia

Restrictive regulations remain despite social reforms giving women long fought for rights
25 Aug 2021
What daily life is like in Afghanistan now
Kabul market
Behind the scenes

What daily life is like in Afghanistan now

Banks are closed, unemployment has ‘spiked visibly’ and working women have been told to stay at home
25 Aug 2021
What does the Taliban stand for?
Taliban fighters enter Kabul on 16 August 2021
Profile

What does the Taliban stand for?

Militants tell women to stay at home as radical overhaul gets underway
25 Aug 2021
What next after Biden rejects evacuation extension?
British troops involved in the evacuation at Kabul airport
Today’s big question

What next after Biden rejects evacuation extension?

UK rushing to airlift more than 4,000 people out of the country
25 Aug 2021
Ahmad Massoud: the face of Afghanistan’s anti-Taliban resistance
Afghans protest under an image of the late Ahmad Shah Massoud in Kabul in 2003
Profile

Ahmad Massoud: the face of Afghanistan’s anti-Taliban resistance

Son of famed anti-Soviet militia leader staging fightback in Panjshir Valley
24 Aug 2021
The reasons Biden is unlikely to extend Afghanistan evacuation
German soldiers waiting to evacuate a group of Afghan civilians
Why we’re talking about . . .

The reasons Biden is unlikely to extend Afghanistan evacuation

US military advisers urge president to decide on exit plan immediately
24 Aug 2021
Afghanistan on the brink as the Taliban seizes areas at a ‘dizzying’ pace
Afghan security personnel inspect the site near a car bomb explosion
In Depth

Afghanistan on the brink as the Taliban seizes areas at a ‘dizzying’ pace

The Taliban made further sweeping gains this week, more than a third of the country’s 34 provincial capitals
12 Aug 2021
Eight-year-old boy charged with blasphemy in Pakistan
Pakistani troops
Unreported world

Eight-year-old boy charged with blasphemy in Pakistan

Child facing potential death penalty after allegedly urinating in madrassa library
9 Aug 2021
Iran risking ‘disastrous’ miscalculation in the Gulf, warns UK military chief
General Sir Nick Carter
Getting to grips with . . .

Iran risking ‘disastrous’ miscalculation in the Gulf, warns UK military chief

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4 Aug 2021
Lebanon one year on from the Beirut blast
The aftermath of the explosion in the port of Beirut
In Depth

Lebanon one year on from the Beirut blast

Recovery effort following devastating disaster marked by chaos and paralysis
4 Aug 2021
Senior general accuses US of ‘abandoning Afghanistan’
General David Petraeus during a 2010 visit to Kandahar, Afghanistan
The latest on . . .

Senior general accuses US of ‘abandoning Afghanistan’

General David Petraeus says Taliban could reinstate ‘medieval Islamist regime’
2 Aug 2021
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