Unconquered: the people of the Panjshir Valley have successfully fought off invaders since the Soviet Union in the early 1980s.
One province is holding out against Taliban rule.
A soldier from the Syrian Democratic Forces after defeating Islamic State fighters.
Its defeat in Syria may now give way to new dangers.
Supporters of Jakarta’s former Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama.
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An expert on Islam and democracy examines the threat to the world’s largest Muslim majority country.
Returning to the faith.
Conversion can be an exhilarating experience, but can come with a significant social toll.
President Buhari meets with a woman rescued from Boko Haram.
Muhammadu Buhari rode into power on a wave of goodwill – but Nigeria’s troubles just won’t go away.
The scene of the drone strike said to have killed the Taliban’s leader.
Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor was a tough and smart strategist who held the Taliban together and crushed dissent. Will his legacy endure?
Police in Dhaka hold back protesters furious at the murder of a student.
Bangladesh’s sexual minorities have been under violent attack for some time – as has anyone standing up to the country’s extremists.
The Statue of Liberty stands as a beacon of the civil religion that is the contemporary faith in human rights.
The tradition of republicanism offered us civil religion, a foundation of belief that could counter any politics or policy that demands sacrifice in this world to be compensated in some “beyond”.
Fear is not the answer.
IS has claimed a wave of deadly bombings and shootings in Jakarta, but its long-feared Asian campaign is yet to materialise in earnest.
Josh Frydenberg has delivered a sharp rebuke to Australia’s grand mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed.
Cabinet minister Josh Frydenberg has accused Australia’s grand mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, of seeking to “cover up” his failure of leadership in the wake of the Paris attacks.
France is looking for answers.
A lot of people are marginalised or angry, but only a few go on to actually commit violent acts. Why?
The scene in Zaria.
A week of carnage across northern Nigeria proves Boko Haram is alive and well. Can the Nigerian army get its act together?
One needs to understand the differences in their Islamic movements to make sense of events over recent decades in Egypt and Iran.
People sometimes overlook their profound differences if social forces unite them in a common, often ill-defined desire. Hostility to Muslims is creating an imagined solidarity that Islamists can exploit.
Something’s got to give.
As Ashraf Ghani nominated the first woman judge to Afghanistan’s Supreme Court, the same court took a decision that enraged Afghans.
Women hold pictures of their family members following the massacre.
The Camp Speicher massacre was one of Islamic State’s earliest and worst mass killings – but it was nearly buried under a tide of misinterpretation and denial.
Protesting the death of Ananta Bijoy Das.
Three secular political bloggers have been killed in Bangladesh since the start of 2015 – but the outrage behind the murders started a long time ago.
In this January 2015 photograph, a man walks through the ruins of Old Aleppo, a designated World Heritage site.
Recently in Aleppo, Syria, the Jabha Shamiya militia has started carrying out a new urban warfare strategy: tunnel bombing. Aside from the human damage wrought by this tactic, it is also extremely damaging…
Scene of an earlier clash between government and Boko Haram forces.
The recent fall of the town of Baga, north-eastern Nigeria, to Boko Haram is one of the militant group’s most serious assaults against the Nigerian state. The consequences are severe: it claims heavy civilian…
French police storm the Jewish supermarket where hostages were held.
The hunt for the two killers who attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo is over, after a three-day chase and a standoff at a warehouse outside Paris. The two suspects were killed, and the hostage they took…
A message of solidarity has spread rapidly.
The shocking events at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris did not happen in a vacuum. They are not the actions of a few outcasts on the edge of society. These brutal murders, apparently in the name of…