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

Turkish military rocked by resignations

The head of the Turkish armed forces General Isik Kosaner along with the heads of the ground, naval and air forces have resigned, it was reported yesterday, apparently plunging Nato's second biggest military into disarray.

Five children hurt in UK air strike

Five Afghan children have been injured in a strike by a British Apache helicopter, the Ministry of Defence said.

Nato says 50 insurgents killed in Afghanistan

International and Afghan troops battled heavily armed insurgents holed up in caves and bunkers that served as a way station for foreign fighters crossing into the country from Pakistan, the US-led coalition said today. The two days of fighting killed more than 50 of the militants, it said.

Karzai ally murdered as Nato begins handover

Gunmen strapped with explosives killed a close adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul yesterday, as Nato's transfer of security in Afghanistan to the country's own forces got off to an inauspicious start.

Nato hands over province to local forces

Afghanistan began the long-publicised transition to control of its own security amid secrecy, not fanfare, on Sunday, a reminder of how volatile the country is even as Nato troop drawdowns get under way.

Libya: Nato dismisses claims of civilian casualties

Nato's secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has dismissed Libyan claims that the alliance's airstrikes have killed more than 1,100 people.

Gaddafi's forces reclaim lost ground outside Tripoli

Pro-Gaddafi forces ambushed rebels advancing towards the capital Tripoli yesterday and recaptured lost territory, undermining US intelligence claims that the rebels are gaining the upper hand in the fighting. Rebel units, backed by Nato airstrikes, had seized the village of Al-Qawalish and were hoping to use it as a springboard to take Garyan, a town on the main road to Tripoli, 60 miles to the north.

Afghan guard shoots dead two NATO troops

An Afghan guard opened fire and shot dead two NATO troops accompanying a reconstruction convoy traveling in a northern province today.

Nato denies helping Libyan rebels to advance

Nato has denied a Libyan government claim that the alliance is intentionally using its airstrikes to assist rebel advances.

Militant chief held dressed in burka

A senior leader of an al-Qa'ida-linked militant group has been captured in northern Afghanistan disguised in a burka.

US reservists reveal truth about the battle for Nuristan

Nato spoke of "some fighting" at the end of May in Nuristan province.

Eight dead in Afghan suicide attack

A suicide bomber killed eight people and injured four others in an attack on the governor's office in a north-eastern province of Afghanistan today.

Nato soldier killed in Afghanistan blast

A coalition service member has been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, Nato said today.

Nato helicopter crashes in Afghanistan

A coalition helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan today, killing two on board.

Seven troops killed in Afghan blast

Seven international troops were killed in a blast in southern Afghanistan today, Nato said.

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