News Afghan children play cricket on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, near to Alinghar, Laghman where the cricket players were shot by a gunman.

Authorities say the gunman rode on a motorbike and shot the group of men

Taliban militants - there was a risk the man could face persecution in Afghanistan for having rejected Islam

Afghan atheist to get asylum in Britain on religious grounds

A supervisor on the case, said: 'The decision represents an important recognition that a lack of religious belief is in itself a thoughtful and seriously-held philosophical position'

The Taliban deny using Spozhmai, aged 10, as a would-be suicide bomber

Taliban denies ordering 10-year-old girl to carry out suicide bombing on Helmand checkpoint

The group called the girl's story 'government propaganda'

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Sergeant Alexander Blackman: Royal Marine jailed for life for murder of Afghan insurgent challenges verdict

39-year-old lodges applications for permission to appeal against both conviction and sentence

Afghan residents walk to receive winter blankets during a relief distribution programme in Herat. Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan with one of the highest internally displaced populations in the world

There is deep foreboding in Afghanistan over the West’s departure

The history of Afghanistan's last ten years is the history of the West walking away

Elephant appeal: Photojournalist Kate Brooks documents the dangerous demise of these giants of the wild

As a photojournalist, Kate Brooks was used to documenting war zones. Then she discovered a new kind of genocide – the killing of Africa’s elephants

A UH-60 Black Hawk similar to the one allegedly involved in the crash lands in Nangarhar province.

Six US soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

The incident marks the biggest loss of life of NATO troops since June 2013

Polygamous Sect Members Come Out In Mass

Polygamy offers young women of Kazakhstan a ticket out of poverty

Gulf between rich and poor fuels revival of a practice which has become a status symbol for affluent men and a ticket out of poverty for young women

Corruption Perceptions Index: Scandal-hit Spain drops 10 places in global corruption rankings led by Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan

Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan are the most corrupt regions according to Transparency International

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif assures Hamid Karzai of peace-talk 'facilitation' after release of senior Taliban leader

Afghanistan considers that Pakistan holds significant influence over Taliban, who are believed to launch attacks from bases in the country

The Afghan president Hamid Karzai said the airstrike was carried out by a drone

Top US commander apologises for Afghan drone strike that killed child

The top US commander in Afghanistan apologised to President Hamid Karzai for a drone strike that killed a child and NATO promised an investigation as rising tensions threatened efforts to persuade the Afghan leader to sign a long-delayed security agreement.

Afghanistan suicide car bomb kills ten near Kabul compound

More than 20 were also injured after a bomb attack in the Afghan capital

Killing by Royal Marine came as Britain tired of its long war in Afghanistan

Transition was the watchword in Helmand in the summer and autumn of 2011. The West’s exit strategy was under way, the political appetite for investing more “blood and treasure” in the long war had waned. I witnessed the handing over of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, to Afghan control, and it seemed a landmark.

Afghanistan: British soldier killed in Helmand by suicide blast

A British soldier has been killed in a suicide blast while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

Mosque bombing kills provincial governor Arsallah Jamal in Afghanistan during Eid al-Adha holiday

A bomb planted inside a mosque microphone killed the governor of Afghanistan's eastern Logar province as he was delivering a speech to worshippers on this morning to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, officials said.

Pakistani Taliban commander Latif Mehsud was captured last weekend

US capture of Taliban leader 'violates Afghan sovereignty'

Talks to decide the future of US involvement in Afghanistan continued last night, amid tensions over a "military operation" in which American forces "forcibly removed" a senior Taliban commander from an Afghan government convoy.

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