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

Cookie Monster appears on Newsnight

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'US and Nato have not respected our sovereignty', says Karzai as he rules out security deal

Afghanistan's president today ruled out signing a security deal with the United States until disagreements over sovereignty are resolved, but said he will convene a council of elders in one month to help him make a decision on the pending agreement.

Afghan cricket fans celebrate runs by their team as they watch the Afghanistan and Kenya match on a screen at the International Cricket Stadium in Kabul

Afghanistan cricket team beat Kenya to reach country’s first World Cup

The Afghan cricket team has united the war-town country behind its sporting success

Taliban militants hand over their weapons after joining the Afghan government's reconciliation and reintegration program

We will unite all Afghans, says Taliban chief

A Taliban chief has told a British newspaper that the fundamentalist group is preparing to run Afghanistan when Nato forces leave.

US generals forced to retire early over Taliban attack

The decision follows an investigation into the circumstances of an attack on Camp Bastion, in south western Afghanistan which killed two Marines

A demonstration from May 2004, called to highlight the plight of the many thousands of Afghans disabled during more than two decades of war

MoD paid £3,000 compensation for Afghans killed by UK military

Rights groups claim payouts are pitifully low and do not give families sufficient help

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has reportedly been freed by Pakistan

Pakistan frees Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in bid to ease tensions

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the most senior Afghan detainee to be released

At least 18 Afghan police officers killed in a single remote Taliban ambush

Country's interior minister releases statement announcing 'deeply saddening' incident which also wounded 13 others

Relatives bury the body of Lieutenant Negar, a senior Afghan female police officer in Helmand, Afghanistan

Afghanistan: High-ranking policewoman murdered in ambush

Southern Afghanistan’s top policewoman has died after being shot in an ambush, months after her predecessor was murdered.

Australian PM Tony Abbott has come under fire for only having one woman in his Cabinet

Australian PM Tony Abbott criticised for one-woman Cabinet

If Julia Gillard paved the way for future female leaders in Australia, there is no sign of that legacy in new Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Cabinet, which contains just one woman: Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister-elect.

Afghan mine collapse kills at least 27 workers

The deaths follow a mine collapse in December in which 11 men were believed to have died

More female police officers are needed to end violence against women in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has only one female police officer for every 10,000 women. And they face a particularly brutal form of stigma. This has to change.

Nato combat missions in Afghanistan are planned to end by the end of next year

Taliban attacks Nato base in Afghanistan

Officials said three attacking insurgents were killed

Hamid Karzai and UN condemn killing of civilians by Taliban in Afghanistan

Insurgents shot and killed 12 civilians in two separate incidents over the weekend, including six aid workers employed on government projects, officials said Tuesday.

Black Death returns: Herder dies of bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan after being bitten by infected flea

Death of Temir Issakunov is the first case of bubonic plague in the country for over 30 years

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