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

Karzai urged to talk to Taliban

An Afghan national peace conference yesterday urged the government to take formal steps towards negotiating with insurgents, boosting President Hamid Karzai's plans to open talks with the Taliban.

Militants attack as Afghan peace conference starts

Security forces battled insurgents including at least one suicide bomber outside a national peace conference just as President Hamid Karzai opened the three-day meeting today in the Afghan capital.

Head of Canada's forces in Afghanistan fired for misconduct

Canada's top commander in Afghanistan has been sacked amid allegations of "inappropriate conduct" with a female aide, breaking strict military rules and losing the confidence of his bosses.

Afghanistan heads agenda for Hague in US

William Hague will hold talks in Washington today on his first overseas visit after being appointed Foreign Secretary in the new coalition government.

Fighters switch back to Taliban after 'broken promises'

A quarter of Taliban fighters who laid down their weapons in exchange for amnesty and promises of cash have rejoined the insurgency in a damning prognosis of the problems facing Nato's reintegration strategy, a new report claims.

Anyone for headless goat rugby...?

Genghis Khan's favourite sport is huge in Afghanistan, and if its fans have their way could soon be coming to Britain

Karzai stands by vote fraud claims against West

President Hamid Karzai said he stood behind accusations that the West was responsible for election fraud in Afghanistan, despite having incurred the White House's anger over the comments.

Afghan parliament rejects bill and clip Karzai's wings

Afghanistan's parliament yesterday rejected a bid by President Hamid Karzai to tighten his control over a key electoral watchdog body, after concerns he was reneging on promises to clean up corruption.

US troops to take over from British forces in Musa Qala

Afghan strategy changes in 'rebalancing' process as UK soldiers go to Helmand

Afghanistan 'to block some internet sites'

Afghanistan will block Internet sites with sexual or violent content, a minister said on Thursday, but the government denied the ban was another attempt at censorship or would include the Taliban's website.

At least seven killed in Helmand blast

A remote-controlled bomb killed at least seven Afghan civilians and wounded 14 in front of a government building in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, a government official said.

Patrick Cockburn: These rapid apologies only emphasise waning support

No Nato power contributing forces can keep itself on the margins of the escalating conflict

Afghan civilians killed in Nato air strike

A Nato air strike in southern Afghanistan killed at least 21 civilians, the Afghan government said today.

Toll grows as Afghan offensive enters second week

Karzai warns Operation Moshtarak is killing too many civilians

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