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

President Karzai has set a deadline for the bank's principal debtors to agree repayment plans

PwC accused over $900m Afghan bank scandal

Finance Minister says auditors were negligent in signing off Kabul Bank accounts

The scene of the suicide bombing in Kabul which killed seven

Taliban bombers strike after Obama flies in and promises to 'finish the job'

Seven die in Kabul attack as US President says he will not keep American troops 'in harm's way'

Obama signs 10-year deal on surprise Afghan trip

President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness last night on the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden to sign an agreement cementing US commitment to the nation after American combat troops leave.

Shashank Joshi: With the US relationship with Afghanistan in ruins, damage limitation is our best hope

The US-Afghan relationship is about to be battered by its fourth crisis in four months. American troops have this year inadvertently burned Korans, massacred Afghan villagers, and been filmed urinating on Taliban corpses. And now there are more shocking photos of troops cavorting with corpses. This is hardly the basis for trust and friendship.

A Nato soldier at the scene of an attack by militants in Kabul yesterday

Spring insurgency begins as rebels attack cities across Afghanistan

Raids on diplomats' homes in Kabul raise serious doubts about West's exit strategy

François Hollande says he will pull French troops out of Afghanistan by the year’s end

French election throws Afghan exit into disarray

François Hollande's promise to withdraw troops this year means Nato allies may have to fill the gap

Runway fire alert at British base in Afghanistan

A stolen vehicle was driven onto the runway of the main British base in Afghanistan then burst into flames as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived there today.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrives in Afghanistan

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan today to meet troops, commanders and Afghan government officials just days after a US soldier allegedly went on a deadly shooting spree.

Afghan demonstrators burn a US flag in Jalalabad province on Friday

The burning rage: Karzai pleads for calm as Koran fury spreads

More Nato troops are wounded as details emerge about Pakistani training of killer who struck at Interior Ministry

Obama sends letter of apology to Afghan president over Koran burning

President Barack Obama apologised today for the burning of copies of the Muslim holy book at a US military base this week, as violent protests raging nationwide led a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform to kill two US troops.

Protest over burning of Korans in Afghanistan

More than 2,000 angry Afghans have gathered outside a US airbase to protest against the inadvertent burning of Korans and other Islamic religious materials.

HAMID KARZAI: Civilian deaths are big cause of friction between Afghan president and Nato

Afghan civilians carry cost of war as death toll rises

More than 3,000 civilians were killed in the war in Afghanistan in 2011, the fifth year in a row the number has risen, according to the United Nations in a report likely to revive tension between the Afghan government and its Western backers.

President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the suspension of all training activities by French forces in Afghanistan after the second attack of its kind in a month

France threatens Afghan exit after deadly attack

France is considering an early exit from Afghanistan after four unarmed French soldiers were yesterday killed by an Afghan army trainee.

Afghan policemen inspect the scene

Britons with assault rifles held in Kabul

Two British men and their Afghan driver and interpreter, all of whom work for a private security firm, have been arrested in Kabul for carrying illegal weapons, officials said yesterday.

Two Britons held in Kabul carrying 30 assault rifles

Two British men and their Afghan driver and interpreter – all of whom work for a private security company – have been arrested in Kabul for carrying illegal weapons.

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