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

President Hamid Karzai is considering calling presidential elections a year early

Afghan President Hamid Karzai may call early elections

President Hamid Karzai said today that he is considering calling presidential elections a year early to lessen the strain that could be caused by foreign combat troops leaving Afghanistan at the same time as the nation is holding a national ballot.

François Hollande says he will pull French troops out of Afghanistan by the year’s end

French election throws Afghan exit into disarray

François Hollande's promise to withdraw troops this year means Nato allies may have to fill the gap

10 dead in Afghan suicide bombing

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a park today in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 people, including three Nato service members, officials said, the latest in a string of attacks as spring fighting season gets under way.

63 Libyan migrants 'left to die'

The Council of Europe found that a "catalogue of errors" by Nato and coastguards resulted in the deaths of 63 refugees sailing in a small boat from Libya last May.

British troops shot dead at Afghanistan base

An Afghan soldier shot and killed two Nato soldiers at a base in southern Afghanistan today.

At least 8 killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

An Afghan official says a bomb exploded near a foot patrol of Afghan and Nato forces in the south of the country, killing eight Afghans and one international service member.

Pakistani MPs demand end to US drone strikes

A Pakistani parliamentary commission yesterday demanded an end to drone attacks inside the country and an apology for deadly air strikes last year as part of a review of its near-severed relations with the US.

The civilian deaths may force Afghan President Hamid Karzai to harden his stand in the US-Afghanistan partnership talks

Karzai tells Nato: keep your troops inside bases

President calls on West to withdraw from villages as Taliban sever talks on Afghan future

Flags fly in Washington in readiness for the Prime Minister's visit

Cameron and Obama: Both sides hope they can win in the game of basketball diplomacy

Afghanistan is on fire and the leaders of the two largest Nato powers fighting there, Barack Obama and David Cameron, were headed for a college basketball game in Ohio. Popcorn and hotdogs were on the agenda.

Bloodstains in one of the houses allegedly attacked by the US soldier

US soldier 'shoots 16 Afghan civilians including nine children'

President Hamid Karzai said a US service member killed 16 people - nine of them children and three women - in a shooting spree today that he condemned as “an assassination.”

Afghan soldiers, seen here training, will be on their own after international troops withdraw in 2014

Karzai accused of endangering troops by blocking night raids

Nato commanders claim President's demand has hampered vital operations against the Taliban

Two Nato troops killed in Afghanistan

Two American soldiers have been shot dead at a base in Afghanistan, the latest in a series of deaths following the burning of Korans by US soldiers.

Afghan demonstrators burn a US flag in Jalalabad province on Friday

The burning rage: Karzai pleads for calm as Koran fury spreads

More Nato troops are wounded as details emerge about Pakistani training of killer who struck at Interior Ministry

Fresh violence in Afghanistan over Koran burning

Protesters angry over the burning of the Koran by American troops lobbed grenades at a US base in northern Afghanistan and clashed with police and troops in a day of violence that left seven international soldiers injured and two Afghans dead.

Nato voices regret over Afghanistan civilian deaths

Nato has voiced regret for the killing of eight civilians in an airstrike this month in eastern Afghanistan.

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