More than a dozen women staged a protest in Kabul on Sunday, holding up signs calling for the participation of women in public life. The protest came as female government employees in Kabul were told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men.
Experts have warned of “devastating” consequences of the UK’s foreign aid cuts after Guardian analysis revealed the UK is cutting funding at a time when major recipient countries are at risk of becoming more politically unstable. Thousands of activities providing life-saving support are being cut due to the government’s decision
The departure of US forces was followed by a rout of Afghan government forces. Now, after 20 years of western intervention, Afghanistan is back under the control of the Taliban It began with a steady trickle of military defeats. First Afghan government control was ceded to the Taliban in provincial
Britain will use all the means at its disposal, including sanctions and diplomacy, to hold the Taliban to account in Afghanistan, foreign secretary Dominic Raab said. In his first public appearance since the crisis began, Raab said that ‘everyone was caught by surprise by the pace and the scale of
More than 800 Kenyan Shona people have been issued ID cards after many years of statelessness.The Shona people began arriving in Kenya in the 1930s, primarily from what is now Zimbabwe, but, when Kenya became independent from Britain in 1963, most missed the two-year window to become citizens. Human rights
Countdown to destruction During the 11-day war between Israel and Palestinian militants in May 2021, Israeli airstrikes destroyed five multi-storey towers in the heart of Gaza City. The images of buildings crumbling to the ground flashed across TV channels around the world as Gaza faced the most intense Israeli offensive
Batool al-Masri, 14, at her house in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. On 10 May, in a field near their home, Batool carried her cousin Yazan, a toddler, aged two. ‘Twenty-four hours a day she was spoiling him,’ says Batool’s father, Mohammed Atallah al-Masri. Then, an explosion. It’s not clear
At least 35 people were killed and many more injured in an explosion in Iraq’s capital Baghdad, on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. The blast took place in Wahailat market, Sadr City district during rush hour. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Police have fired tear gas to disperse relatives of victims of last year’s Beirut port blast who were protesting outside the home of the caretaker interior minister over his refusal to let the lead investigator question Lebanon’s security chief. Nearly a year after the explosion, which killed more than 200 people,