Pakistan seeks help from Afghans after school attack

2014-12-17 19:36

Pakistan's army chief and the head of its main intelligence agency flew to neighbouring Afghanistan to seek help in battling the militants behind a school massacre in Pakistan.

US drone kills 4 Pakistani Taliban militants

2014-12-17 10:10

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed four Pakistani Taliban members and seven other insurgents, a district government official says.

Defiant Afghan president condemns terror attacks

2014-12-14 16:10

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has given an impassioned speech following a wave of recent militant attacks, vowing that his country "will never surrender".

Murdered teen felt comfortable in Kabul

2014-12-13 06:45

The murdered teenage son of slain SA aid worker , Werner Groenewald , described in a blog post from his home in conflict-torn Afghanistan how he felt more comfortable there than in SA.

Bodies of SA aid worker, family return home

2014-12-11 16:10

The bodies of slain South African aid worker Werner Groenewald and his two children have arrived in the country.

Afghan leaders to outline reforms in London

2014-12-04 14:42

Afghanistan's new leaders will seek to build bridges with the West at a conference in London as they struggle to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw after 13 years.

SA doctor still in Afghanistan after family killed

2014-12-02 17:46

The attorney of the South African doctor whose family was killed in a Taliban attack in Kabul says she is still working at an Afghanistan hospital.


From the parents of Anni Hindocha threatening to sue Shrien Dewani to comment from Hanneli Groenewald, whose husband and children were killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, we take you through today's newspaper front pages. Watch.

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No clarity on repatriation of slain SA aid worker, family

2014-12-01 21:01

The government is unsure when the bodies of murdered SA aid worker and his children would be repatriated, but said it is working on an emergency visa for his wife, according to reports.

SA man died trying to protect kids - family

2014-12-01 11:15

South African aid worker Werner Groenewald tried in vain to protect his two children moments before they were shot dead by the Taliban in Afghanistan at the weekend, his family says.


A family of South Africans living in Kabul, Afghanistan has been killed by a Taliban attack over the weekend. Today's newspaper front pages focus on the tragedy.

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Kabul killings: SA family not secret missionaries

2014-11-30 17:01

South African Werner Groenewald, who together with his two children died in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, was not a secret missionary, as claimed by the Tliban, says a relative.

SA dad, kids killed in Kabul - reports

2014-11-30 10:53

The department of international relations is checking up on reports that three South Africans have been killed in an attack in Afghanistan.

Large blast, ongoing gunfire in central Kabul

2014-11-27 18:02

A large blast has rocked Kabul, followed by gunfire in the Afghan capital's central district that houses many embassies and foreign compounds.

Large explosion shakes Afghan capital

2014-11-25 12:22

A large explosion has shaken houses in Afghanistan's capital, a witness says, but it is so far unclear what has caused the blast and whether there are any casualties.

Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

2014-11-22 14:15

President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan,

Afghan govt undergoes overhaul

2014-11-17 16:30

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has missed his deadline for naming a cabinet as his government undergoes a major overhaul.

Kenya to extradite 'drug kingpins' to US

2014-11-13 20:32

A Kenyan court has ordered police to process the extradition of four suspected drug traffickers to the United States.

Afghan first lady backs French veil ban

2014-11-01 22:32

Afghanistan's cosmopolitan new first lady has backed France's controversial ban on the niqab, comparing the full veil to blinders.

New Afghan president heads to China

2014-10-27 14:09

The new Afghan president will travel to China, signalling the role he hopes Beijing will play in Afghanistan's future, not only economically but also strategically.

UK ends combat operations in Afghan province

2014-10-26 14:45

Defence officials say Britain has ended combat operations in the Helmand province in Afghanistan.

5 rapists, kidnapper to be executed in Afghanistan

2014-10-08 14:29

Six men, including five rapists, are due to be hanged in Kabul, the Afghan attorney-general’s office says.

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact

2014-09-30 15:54

Afghanistan and the United States have signed a security pact to allow US forces to remain in the country past the end of year.

Violence ahead of inauguration in Afghanistan

2014-09-29 10:42

Security officials in Afghanistan say militants have carried out two attacks just ahead of the country’s presidential inauguration.

Afghanistan: No money to pay civil servants

2014-09-28 12:45

Afghanistan will delay paying salaries to hundreds of thousands of civil servants next month because it does not have enough money, a finance ministry official says.


Afghan Taliban: Killing innocent children is against Islam

2014-12-17 09:48

The Afghan Taliban have condemned a raid on a school in neighbouring Pakistan that left 141 dead in the country's bloodiest ever terror attack, saying killing innocent children is against Islam.

SA woman tells of deadly Kabul attack

2014-12-13 17:32

Dr Hannelie Groenewald was in a meeting in Kabul when the Taliban wiped out her entire family at their Afghanistan compound, a report says.

US allies condemn CIA torture, praise report

2014-12-11 17:50

Turkey's foreign minister has said that the report on the CIA's harsh treatment of terrorist suspects reveals "unacceptable torture and treatment”.

CIA torture report little comfort to Pakistani detainee

2014-12-11 14:41

A Pakistani detained at Bagram jail, where he was beaten and threatened, has told AFP a damning US report on the brutal treatment of detainees will do nothing to return the time he lost to the ordeal.

Aid workers in Afghanistan fear for their lives

2014-12-03 20:14

Half the aid workers in Afghanistan received death treats or intimidation during the past year.

Pakistan air strikes kill militants near Afghanistan

2014-12-02 15:04

The Pakistan military says it has killed at least 24 militants in air strikes and ground fighting in northwestern tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, as part of ongoing offensives in the region.

I'm OK, says SA mother from Afghanistan

2014-12-02 08:11

The South African woman whose family was killed in Afghanistan believes God saved her life for a reason and says she is doing OK.

Suicide attack at Afghan funeral kills 9

2014-12-01 14:17

A suicide attack at a funeral in northern Afghanistan has killed at least nine people, officials say, underlining nationwide insecurity as Nato troops end their 13-year war this month.


In today's news headlines: A South African family has been killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla builder has been arrested and Outa believes the upcoming e-toll review report will show the system is unworkable. Watch.

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Kabul killings: Charity will stay

2014-11-30 21:12

The charity organisation for which murdered South African Werner Groenewald worked in Kabul, says it will remain in Afghanistan despite the killing of the former pastor and his two children.

Kabul police chief confirms SA deaths in city

2014-11-30 14:49

Kabul police chief, General Zahir Zahir, has stepped down after he confirmed that three South Africans - a father and his two children - and an Afghan citizen have been killed in an attack on a foreign compound.

Taliban attack foreign compound in Kabul

2014-11-29 16:29

Taliban militants have launched an attack on a foreign compound in Kabul, officials say, the latest in a series of strikes in the Afghan capital.

Blast hits British embassy vehicle in Kabul

2014-11-27 10:03

A British embassy vehicle has been hit by a blast in Kabul, causing some injuries, an embassy spokesperson says.

Suicide bomber kills 40 at volleyball match

2014-11-23 16:38

A suicide bomber walked into a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan and detonated his explosives vest, killing at least 40 people.

Huge blast rocks Afghanistan's capital

2014-11-18 07:52

A powerful explosion has rocked Afghanistan’s capital, sending a plume of black smoke over the city just after dawn.

Afghan female MP targeted in blast

2014-11-16 10:27

A suicide bomber targeted a vehicle convoy of Afghan lawmakers that included a prominent female MP, killing three civilians and injuring 17 others, officials have said.

Afghan deputy governor shot dead

2014-11-03 10:00

The deputy governor of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan has been shot dead during a university class, Afghan officials say.

Last UK combat troops leave Afghanistan

2014-10-27 19:06

Britain's defence ministry says the last UK combat troops have left Afghanistan's Helmand province, ending a 13-year war that cost more than 450 British lives.

Afghan mullah jailed for 20 years for raping girl

2014-10-26 16:55

An Afghan court has sentenced a mullah to 20 years in prison after finding the religious teacher guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl.

5 Afghan men hanged for gang-rape

2014-10-08 16:16

Five Afghan men have been hanged for the gang rape of four women despite the UN and human rights groups criticising the trial and calling for new president Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions.

3 Afghan soldiers who fled say they can't go home

2014-10-02 12:23

Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts say they now face the wrath of their own government.

Afghanistan prepares to sign deal with US

2014-09-30 09:48

Afghanistan's new government is due to sign a long-delayed bilateral security agreement with the United States that will allow US troops to stay beyond the end of this year.

Historic, anxious handover in Afghanistan

2014-09-29 05:00

Afghanistan is set to inaugurate its first new president in a decade, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government, just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test.

Afghan villagers hang Taliban - officials

2014-09-27 21:16

Afghan villagers have hanged four Taliban fighters from a tree after hundreds of militants launched a major offensive, officials say, as security forces fought to recapture ground in Ghazni.

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