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

David Cameron shaking hands with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev

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Mr Cameron will be the first serving British Prime Minister to visit the former Soviet republic

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The Afghan Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four US troops on the same day that peace talks between America and the group were announced.

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British military stock left over from Afghan war being moved out

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Dateline Doha: At last it’s time for America to talk to the men from the Taliban

Discussions over an Afghan peace deal look set to begin

Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev invited Mr Cameron to visit when he was at the Olympics

Cameron will go to Kazakhstan despite dubious record on rights

PM to visit dictatorship that is expected to play key role in Afghanistan military withdrawal

The move to transfer detainees comes after allegations that up to 90 Afghans were being held 'illegally' at Camp Bastion

British forces to hand detainees back to Afghanistan authorities

Decision follows claims last week that up to 90 Afghans were being held 'illegally' at Camp Bastion

American soldier Robert Bales admits murdering 16 Afghans to avoid death penalty

The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during night-time raids on two villages last year has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.

Afghan interpreters for British Army given UK rights

Up to 600 Afghans who worked as interpreters or in other dangerous roles supporting British and allied forces in Helmand will be eligible to resettle in the UK, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

Secret detention row forces UK to hand over suspects to Afghans

Defence Secretary admits Britain holding dozens of suspected insurgents without trial in Helmand

Afghan insurgents attack International Red Cross office in Jalalabad

Afghan attackers have launched a coordinated assault on a guest house used by the Red Cross.

Theatre review: The Kite Runner, Theatre Royal, Brighton Festival

It was always going to be a tall order bringing Khaled Hosseini’s mega-selling 2003 novel about friendship, betrayal and exile to the stage.

Suicide bomber kills 14 at Afghan province council

A suicide bomber struck outside a provincial council headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Monday, killing the council chief and at least 13 others, authorities said.

Critics will argue that the decision to extend the tour will put troops in additional danger

MoD confirms longer tours as troops move towards Afghanistan exit

British troops are going to have their tours in Afghanistan lengthened by half while the exit strategy from the 12-year-old war is underway, the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced today.

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