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

Taliban kill four French troops in Afghanistan 

A Taliban suicide bomber disguised as a woman and wearing a burqa blew himself up in a market in eastern Afghanistan today, killing four French troops, officials said.

Hamid Karzai says strike killed 18 civilians

The Afghan President said yesterday that 18 people killed in a Nato air-strike in the east of the country on Wednesday were all civilians.

US drone attack 'kills 10 militants' in Pakistan

Two Pakistani intelligence officials say four missiles were fired at the village of Mana Raghzai near the border with Afghanistan this morning.

Blast targets Nato Afghan base

A bomb has exploded in an insurgent attack on a US-led coalition base in eastern Afghanistan, say Afghan officials.

Al-Qa'ida No 2 Sakhr al-Taifi dies in Afghan air strike

Al-Qa'ida's second in command in Afghanistan has been killed in an air strike in eastern Kunar province, Nato says.

Nato forces kill al-Qa'ida's second-highest ranking leader in Afghanistan

Nato forces have killed al-Qa'ida's second-highest ranking leader in Afghanistan in an air strike.

The French president François Hollande (right) with Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Hollande visits the French troops he's taking home

The French president François Hollande continued his whirlwind introduction to office yesterday with a snap visit to Afghanistan to defend his early withdrawal of French troops.

Francois Hollande defends early Afghan pullout

French President Francois Hollande made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan today to visit some of the French troops he wants to pull out later this year, defending his plan for their early exit after meeting his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.

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World leaders at the Nato summit pose at Soldier Field in Chicago

Afghans face terror threat after Nato exit, Obama admits

President and British advisers acknowledge Afghans face tough future as West looks to open exit routes through Pakistan

Barack Obama: Confident Afghans can take security lead

President Barack Obama and Nato leaders expressed confidence in Afghanistan's ability to take the lead for its own security next year, as nations with a stake in the deeply unpopular war met today for talks aimed at paving the way for its end.

Chicago braces for final day of Nato protests

Chicago braced for more demonstrations today, with protesters vowing to march to the Boeing headquarters a day after clashes outside the Nato summit.

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