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

A soldier stands guard in Afghanistan. US forces in Afghanistan have accidentally shot a four year old boy dead in bad weather

US forces 'accidentally shoot boy dead' in Afghanistan

US forces in Afghanistan have accidentally shot a four year old boy dead in bad weather, Afghan officials have said, in the latest incident to strain ties between the uneasy allies.

Cameron, who is in Brussels for a summit, wants to restrict the free movement of people from poor countries that join the EU in future

David Cameron presses EU to restrict free movement of people from poorer member states

Prime Minister will urge his fellow EU leaders to learn lessons from the mistakes made when Romania and Bulgaria joined the 28-nation bloc in 2007

A UH-60 Black Hawk similar to the one allegedly involved in the crash lands in Nangarhar province.

Six US soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

The incident marks the biggest loss of life of NATO troops since June 2013

Mosque bombing kills provincial governor Arsallah Jamal in Afghanistan during Eid al-Adha holiday

A bomb planted inside a mosque microphone killed the governor of Afghanistan's eastern Logar province as he was delivering a speech to worshippers on this morning to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, officials said.

'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.

David Cameron announced the 2014 summit today

David Cameron announces Britain is to host next year’s Nato summit

Military chief welcomes news as confirmation that UK still has ‘leading role to play’ in alliance

Moving the Trident nuclear deterrent from the Clyde to a new site in the remaining UK would take years to achieve

Alex Salmond's SNP plans for Scottish independence criticised for lacking crucial detail over defence plans

Commons defence select committee unconvinced that proposed £2.5bn budget is enough for new Scottish defence force

Failure to launch military strike against Syria will be taken as a sign of Western weakness, says Nato chief

Anders Fogh Rasmussen says direct strikes against Assad's regime were the only way to prevent him - and other rogue states - using chemical weapons

US army soldiers along with the soldiers of Afghan National Army (ANA) march through Watahpur District in Kunar province

Afghans claim nine civilians were killed in Nato airstrike on truck

The organisation has denied the report and insists the dead were all ‘enemy forces’

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

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

Nato helicopter kills police at Afghan checkpoint

A Nato helicopter called in to support Afghan police at a highway checkpoint opened fire and mistakenly killed five Afghan officers, officials have said.

Nato airstrike kills five Afghan policemen in overnight 'friendly fire' incident

The aircraft, believed to be a US helicopter, also injured two other special forces servicemen and destroyed part of a police checkpoint

A missing-persons poster shows nine men, who, their relatives say, were last seen being arrested by US special forces in Wardak province

Afghans arrest US interpreter accused of murdering civilians

Zakaria Kandahari ‘fled American base’ in January after his arrest was ordered

Afghanistan: Briton killed in Kabul suicide bombing

A British man killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan was named last night by the Foreign Office. Mark Duffus was one of at least eight people who died in the blast at a Nato supplier's compound in Kabul.

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