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

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato’s Secretary General, says the timetable remains unchanged

Leaders talk up united front despite division in the ranks over timetable

Revised deadline from new French regime does not mean 'rush for exits', says Secretary General

Leading article: Time for Nato to fill in the blanks on Afghanistan

As if one insoluble problem were not enough, world leaders moved directly from discussing the woes of the eurozone at Camp David at the start of the weekend, to the equally intractable challenges of the Nato summit in Chicago at the end of it. Even without the thousands of protesters lining the streets, the meeting would not have been an easy one. And the issue at the top of the agenda is the most difficult of all: the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Afghan forces will take sole control of security in the country after Nato forces pull out in 2014

Nato fears split over Afghan withdrawal will fuel bloodshed

Hollande’s pledge to pull out troops early will dominate Chicago talks as UK bill is set to hit £20bn

Rockets kill 2 Nato troops and 3 Afghan civilians

Rockets crashed into a US base and a house Friday in a remote area of northeast Afghanistan along the Pakistan border, killing two Nato service members and three civilians, officials said.

Pakistan's relations with Nato show signs of thaw

Nato has invited President Asif Ali Zardari to its summit in Chicago, after signs that Pakistan could be moving to reopen its Afghan border to international military supplies.

Nato defends its role over civilian deaths in Libya

A leading human rights group has accused Nato of failing to acknowledge the deaths of at least 72 civilians it says were killed in bombing raids during the alliance's controversial air campaign in Libya last year.

Libyans want answers over deadly Nato airstrikes

Mohammed al-Gherari lost five family members, including a young niece and nephew, when NATO accidentally struck their compound in the Libyan capital as they slept.

On patrol in 1970s Soho

Civil unrest, corrupt police and porn: Why the 1970s were no different from today

Unseen TV footage from a turbulent decade shows Britain grappling with contemporary problems, says Ian Burrell

Taliban claim responsibility for killing of Nato serviceman by 'Afghan soldier'

An attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on Nato troops today in the country's east, killing one service member, the coalition said.

Russia threatens pre-emptive strike over US missile defence deal

Russia's top military officer has threatened to launch a pre-emptive strike if Nato goes ahead with controversial plans for a missile defence system in Eastern Europe.

Nato accused of misleading reports on Afghanistan success

Nato has been accused of misleading the public over success in Afghanistan by saying operations involving only its troops are led by local forces.

Gillard outlines Afghanistan withdrawal timetable

Australia's prime minister said her country will begin pulling its troops out of Afghanistan earlier than planned.

Afghan forces defeat Taliban assault on Kabul as militant blames Haqqani network for attacks

A militant arrested in the attacks on the Afghan capital and three other cities has confessed that the 18-hour assault was carried out by the Haqqani network, a lethal group of fighters with ties to the Taliban and al-Qa'ida, a top Afghan security official said today.

Kim Sengupta: Strikes show Taliban feel no need to wait for Nato exit

Yesterday's violence came as ministers prepare to meet in Brussels next week to discuss Afghanistan

Taliban launch coordinated attacks across Kabul

The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks on as many as seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting Nato bases, the parliament and Western embassies. Militants also launched near-simultaneous assaults in three other eastern cities.

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