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

Prince Harry has returned to Afghanistan

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Prince Harry “kills innocent Afghans while he is drunk”, while foreign forces in Afghanistan have failed, a controversial Mujahideen leader in the country has declared.

Afghan policewoman kills US aide in Kabul

An Afghan policewoman shot and killed an American adviser outside the police headquarters in Kabul today, the latest in a rising tide of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies, senior Afghan officials said.

Army withdrawal from Afghanistan could be speeded up, says David Cameron

British troops could be withdrawn from Afghanistan even faster after better-than-expected progress by the country's own security forces, David Cameron signalled today.

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Confiscated drugs and alcohol set alight by Afghan security forces

Afghan troop cuts revealed as cost of war reaches £17bn

Chancellor pushes for early exit in bid to reduce military bill

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An Afghanistan veteran who refused a second tour says maybe now our politicians can accept this war is lost - and its cost, as ever, too high

Afghanistan: Green on blue attacks may have personal motives

US military blames many Afghan insider attacks on personal causes

The Taliban has billed a rash of insider attacks targeting international troops in Afghanistan as an effective battlefield strategy, but detailed data disclosed recently by the US military suggest that the largest percentage of such incidents probably stemmed from personal motives rather than enemy infiltration.

Exploding bomb or landmine kills 10 young girls in eastern Afghanistan

An exploding bomb or landmine killed 10 young girls as they were gathering firewood outside their village in eastern Afghanistan this morning, an official said.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talks with Army Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams, (R) and Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, (L) during a visit to Kandahar Airfield

Suicide attack at site of Panetta visit

An American service member was killed and three others were wounded Thursday afternoon when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a heavily armored military vehicle just outside a base where US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta had been visiting troops earlier in the day.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai: Promises elections in 2014

US finds Afghan anti-corruption efforts 'deeply troubling'

Two small machines sit on a shelf in a closet at Kabul International Airport, surrounded by cardboard boxes and idle desk fans.

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Prosecutors in the United States allege that the Kyrgyz businessman was involved in a complex insider trading scheme that netted millions of pounds on the New York stock exchange

Suicide bombers hit US-Afghan air base, killing five

A squad of nine suicide bombers attacked a major US-Afghan air base in the eastern city of Jalalabad just after dawn Sunday, exploding bombs at the front gate and sparking a lengthy firefight with both Afghan and NATO forces inside.

DVD & Blu-ray: Ping Pong (E) Hugh and Anson Hartford DVD/Blu-ray (80mins)

"It's not how hard you play, it's where you put it," maintains Lisa Modlich, a fiercely competitive octogenarian and former French resistance fighter. She's one of the eight OAPs from around the world tracked in Hugh Hartford's lovely documentary about the Over-80s Table Tennis Championships, held in Inner

A High Court judge was told today secret new information has led the minister to impose a moratorium on handing over suspect insurgents to the custody of the Afghan intelligence service

Prisoners cannot be transferred to Afghan custody due to risk of torture, admits Defence Secretary

Risk of abuse and mistreatment means UK forces cannot transfer suspected insurgents to Afghan intelligence service, judge told

Tajikistan blocks Facebook access to silence critics of president

Tajikistan has blocked access to Facebook in response to a slew of comments spreading "mud and slander" about veteran President Imomali Rakhmon and officials in the Central Asian republic.

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