UN chief congratulates Afghans on vote

2014-04-07 09:04

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Afghans for the "momentous achievement" of their recent elections, calling for fairness and transparency as the counting process gets underway.

Obama hails Afghanistan vote

2014-04-05 22:50

US President Barack Obama has welcomed the completion of Afghanistan's presidential vote, saying it is critical to ensure continued international support.

Afghans vote despite Taliban threat

2014-04-05 13:26

Aghans have braved the threat of Taliban violence to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power as US-led forces wind down their 13-year war.

Afghan president picks new VP, bomb kills 15

2014-03-18 22:40

Afghan President Hamid Karzai nominated a new vice president, a moderate politician from the same ethnic group as an opposition candidate contesting next month's presidential election.

Afghan Taliban order fighters to disrupt vote

2014-03-10 10:15

A Taliban spokesperson says the group has warned Afghans not to take part in the April presidential election and that it has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote.

Nato drones kill five Afghan soldiers

2014-03-06 10:12

A Nato airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has accidentally killed five Afghan soldiers, government officials say, while the coalition said it was investigating reports of the incident.

13 700 Afghan forces killed in 10 years

2014-03-03 20:13

Nearly four members of the Afghan security forces have died in fighting every day over the last 10 years.

Obama warns Karzai of full troop withdrawal

2014-02-25 23:21

President Barack Obama has told Afghan President Hamid Karzai he is planning a full troop withdrawal, but did not rule out agreeing a post-2014 mission with the next government.

Karzai: US, stop harassing Afghanistan

2014-02-14 07:23

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Washington should respect his country's judicial authority after the release of 65 alleged Taliban fighters.

No peace until Pakistan embraces sharia: Taliban

2014-02-05 15:02

Taliban negotiators say there was no chance of peace in Pakistan until the government embraces Islamic sharia law and US-led forces withdraw completely from Afghanistan.

Karzai frustrates US with Taliban talks demand

2014-01-25 16:25

President Hamid Karzai has signalled that a deal to allow US troops to stay in Afghanistan was close to collapse as the Nato combat mission withdraws after a decade of fighting the Taliban.

Obama, Cameron discuss security, NSA

2014-01-17 07:05

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have discussed Mideast security issues and the US review of secretive spying programmes.

US forces accidentally kill Afghan boy

2014-01-10 12:36

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

Afghan 'bomb' girl asks Karzai for help

2014-01-09 06:52

The Afghan girl who says brother tried to use her as a suicide bomber has asked Karzai for a new home.

Afghan leader, US at odds over security deal

2013-11-26 09:36

Afghanistan’s president and the US have delivered blunt messages to each other over a pact that governs the future of the American troop presence in the country.

Afghan leaders to consider US deal

2013-11-12 15:10

Afghan traditional leaders are set to meet next week to decide whether to support a security pact that could allow some US troops to stay in the country after 2014.

Microphone bomb kills Afghan governor

2013-10-15 12:12

A bomb hidden in a microphone has killed an Afghan provincial governor as he made a speech at a mosque after Eid prayers in Logar, close to the capital Kabul, officials say.

Al-Qaeda man runs for Afghan president

2013-10-03 16:06

The man said to be responsible for bringing al-Qaeda to Afghanistan has announced he is running for president, a move to be greeted with apprehension by the international community.

Afghan election race kicks off as nominations open

2013-09-16 08:02

Candidate nominations have opened for Afghanistan's presidential election, with a large field expected to register in the race to succeed Hamid Karzai as the US-led war winds down.

Suicide blast kills Afghan governor

2013-08-30 09:04

A suicide bomber has detonated himself at a mosque in northern Afghanistan, killing the local district governor with other casualties feared, officials say.

Taliban kidnap female parliamentarian

2013-08-13 15:05

Taliban fighters have kidnapped a female parliamentarian who was travelling by car through Afghanistan's central Ghazni province with her children, a local police commander says.

Blast in Afghan graveyard kills 10 women

2013-08-08 14:03

An explosion has killed at least 10 women in a graveyard in eastern Afghanistan, officials say, as the country celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

UN: Increase in Afghan civilian casualties

2013-07-31 14:09

Civilian casualties in the Afghan war have risen 23% in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, says the UN.

7 dead in attack on Kabul Nato supply firm

2013-07-02 10:01

A suicide truck bomb and gun attack have killed seven people, destroying the entrance to a compound used by a foreign Nato supply company in Kabul.

Obama, Karzai back Taliban talks in Qatar

2013-06-26 11:02

President Barack Obama and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai support the idea of holding talks with the Taliban in its Qatar office, the White House says, reviving hopes for a peace process.


Fraud concerns raised in Afghan election

2014-04-06 14:00

Leading candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election have voiced concern that voting has been tainted by fraud, a day after millions defied Taliban threats and turned out to vote.

SMS ban 'could undermine Afghan vote'

2014-04-05 19:00

The head of the EU's Afghan election observer mission has condemned the suspension of text messaging services across the country, saying it threatens the transparency of the poll.

Taliban kidnap Afghan election candidate

2014-03-31 13:33

Taliban gunmen have abducted a provincial election candidate in northern Afghanistan, officials say, five days ahead of national polls the Islamist militants have vowed to target.

Karzai: Afghanistan doesn't need US troops

2014-03-15 20:29

In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament, President Hamid Karzai has told the US its soldiers can leave because his military was ready to take over.

Afghan president, 56, welcomes 3rd child

2014-03-07 13:11

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has become a father again at the age of 56 after his wife gave birth to their third child in India, according to an embassy statement.

India, Pakistan jostle for influence in Kabul

2014-03-04 15:02

India's most important message for Afghanistan is that it is not leaving, and it is backing that message with the biggest aid package it has ever given another country.

Al-Qaeda plots comeback in Afghanistan

2014-02-28 08:59

Al-Qaeda's Afghanistan leader is laying the groundwork to re-launch his war-shattered organisation once the US and international forces withdraw from the country.

Burqa-clad gunmen attack Afghan police HQ

2014-02-21 09:06

Three male suicide attackers wearing burqas have attacked a police headquarters close to the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say, killing one policeman.

Germany: Afghanistan will sign US security pact

2014-02-13 15:58

Germany's foreign minister says Afghan President Hamid Karzai will sign the security deal with the US, that allows Western troops to remain in the country.

Obama union speech, continued Iran focus

2014-01-29 07:25

President Obama has sought to address various contentious issues within his state of the union speech, particular attention is placed on the continuing negotiations with Iran.

No possible justification for Kabul attack - US

2014-01-18 21:57

The White House has strongly condemned a Taliban suicide attack on a Kabul restaurant that killed 21 people.

Afghan president accuses US of killing 8

2014-01-15 19:15

President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of killing seven children and one woman in an airstrike in central Afghanistan.

Karzai may not meet US security deadline

2014-01-10 10:05

The top US negotiator in talks to secure a long-term security deal with Afghanistan has warned that President Hamid Karzai is unlikely to sign the agreement on time.

Afghanistan talks military ‘wish list’ with India PM

2013-12-13 14:30

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is to hold talks with Indian leaders, with Washington hoping that New Delhi can help persuade him to sign a deal allowing US troops to stay on post-2014.

Afghanistan may keep 15 000 foreign troops

2013-11-21 17:44

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has backed a proposed security pact with the United States that will see up to 15 000 foreign troops stay in the war-torn country.

Afghan girl scarred in acid attack now a teacher

2013-11-05 16:11

Shamsia Husseini who was attacked in 2008 with acid for going to school, has defied expectations, the 22-year-old is now a teacher in her village.

Afghan governor killed in mosque bombing

2013-10-15 09:26

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

Wide-open Afghan presidential race kicks off

2013-09-17 08:06

Afghanistan's presidential race has kicked off as election authorities began accepting the nominations of would-be candidates, the winner of which will oversee the withdrawal of US-led troops.

Afghans summon US envoy over remark

2013-09-11 17:45

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has summoned Washington's ambassador in Kabul to protest a fellow American diplomat's remarks that Afghanistan is experiencing a civil war.

Karzai seeks Taliban peace through Pakistan

2013-08-26 09:56

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is to hold key talks with Pakistan's newly elected government, searching for direct communication with Taliban insurgents to end 12 years of war.

Muslims celebrate Eid amid fears

2013-08-08 15:56

Millions of Muslims have begun celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with morning prayers followed by savoury high-calorie feasts to mark the holiday, amid concerns over violence.

Afghan elections a waste of time: Taliban

2013-08-06 12:02

Taliban leader Mullah Omar has dismissed elections due in Afghanistan next year as "a waste of time", posing a challenge to international efforts to ensure a credible poll.

Afghans, Pakistan clash over peace efforts

2013-07-03 15:00

Kabul and Islamabad have traded insults over the war with the Taliban, plunging their relations to a new low at a key juncture in efforts to search for peace before Nato withdraws.

British PM backs Taliban peace talks

2013-06-29 20:32

David Cameron has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, backing talks with the Taliban after his top general had said the West missed a chance to strike a peace deal 10 years ago.

Taliban attack Afghan presidential palace

2013-06-25 08:26

Suicide attackers have blown up a car bomb and battled security forces outside Afghanistan's presidential palace after infiltrating one of the most secure areas of the capital.

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