In Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghans enjoy life as fighting draws near

It is late afternoon and slivers of sunlight stream in through an exhaust fan, cutting through multicoloured strobe lights and shisha smoke in a basement karaoke club, one of more than a dozen in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Taliban storm Afghan court complex, killing three

Taliban suicide attackers wearing military uniforms stormed a court complex in Afghanistan`s relatively tranquil north Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding scores of others in an assault highlighting the country`s fragile security situation.

Gunmen storm court complex in north Afghanistan: Officials

Gunmen dressed in military uniforms stormed a court complex in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday, officials said, adding that the assailants were still inside the building.

Female Afghan cabbie meters out election advice

When Afghan taxi driver Sara Bahai has male passengers in her cab, she takes the chance to lobby them on female rights - and she hopes the country`s next president will also listen to her arguments.

Many Afghans oppose release of Taliban officials

Many ordinary Afghans said on Monday the five senior Taliban figures who were freed in exchange for a US soldier had blood on their hands and their release would strengthen the insurgents.

`Taliban set to disown al Qaeda, work with US`

A report said that the Taliban is prepared to allow the US to retain several military bases in Afghanistan.

US abandons diplomatic hub plan in Afghanistan

A report said American officials had earlier overlooked significant security problems at the site.

Germany`s Merkel on surprise visit to Afghanistan

Germany is the third largest contributor of troops to NATO`s International Security Assistance Force, with over 5,000 soldiers.

Mosque suicide attack kills six in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, killing at
least six people including a district police chief.

NATO hands control of Mazar-i-Sharif to Afghans

NATO troops handed control of Afghanistan`s northern capital
Mazar-i-Sharif to local forces amid rising security fears just
days after it was hit by a deadly bombing.

Security tight as Afghans welcome in New Year

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans descended on a shrine in the northern
city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday to welcome in the new year amid
tight security.