Mullah Omar's death mysterious: Pakistani daily

Taliban leader Mullah Omar lived in secrecy and his death appears to have been just as mysterious, a Pakistani daily said on Friday.

Afghan officials say 14 soldiers killed in US air strike

 At least 14 Afghan soldiers were killed in a US air strike early Monday on an army checkpoint in a Taliban-infested province south of Kabul, officials said.

Taliban leader approves Afghan peace talks

Elusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar on Wednesday described the peace talks with the Afghan government as "legitimate" and announced his outfit`s readiness for talks.

30 injured in Afghan mosque blast

At least 30 people were injured in a bomb attack that targeted a mosque in Pul-e-Khumri city, capital of Afghanistan`s Baghlan province on Monday evening, the latest in a string of attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, sources said.

Three killed in Afghan bomb attack

 At least three civilians were killed and 10 others injured after a roadside bomb struck a security convoy in Afghanistan`s Kunduz province on Sunday.

Kabul plans detailed Taliban talks on ending bloodshed, say Afghan negotiators

Afghan negotiators said today their next round of talks with the Taliban would focus in detail on ways to end bloodshed in the country, wracked by nearly 40 years of war.

Kabul plans detailed Taliban talks on ending bloodshed

Afghan negotiators said Thursday their next round of talks with the Taliban would focus in detail on ways to end bloodshed in the country, wrecked by nearly 40 years of war.

Young Afghans find freedom through freerunning flips

On the dusty streets of Kabul, amid the ruins of war, a group of young Afghans are finding freedom among the blast walls and checkpoints through the jumping, backflipping sport of parkour.

Afghan delegation to meet Taliban as twin attacks hit Kabul
Afghan delegation to meet Taliban as twin attacks hit Kabul

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he had sent a delegation to Pakistan to meet with representatives of the Taliban, his first acknowledgement of official talks with the insurgents fighting to topple the government in Kabul.

Taliban claim suicide car bombing on NATO forces' convoy in Kabul
Taliban claim suicide car bombing on NATO forces' convoy in Kabul

An explosion has targeted a convoy of foreign forces in Afghan capital of Kabul, reports said.

Girls face punishment for going to school, attacked with acid in Afghanistan
Girls face punishment for going to school, attacked with acid in Afghanistan

Freedom of education for girls is still a far-fetched dream in Afghanistan. In a horrifying incident, three girls in the Herat province were attacked with acid by two men for making their way to school.

US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal: McCain

The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown US forces, US Senator John McCain said today during a visit to the country's capital.

Defence minister rejected as Taliban battle near Kabul

Afghanistan`s parliament rejected a second nominee for defence minister on Saturday, leaving a vacuum that has already lasted nine months, while government forces battled the Taliban just 30 miles west of the capital Kabul.

Afghan Parliament rejects second defense minister nominee

 Afghanistan`s parliament rejected the second nominee for defense minister, leaving the key position in limbo after nine months and as the Taliban insurgency makes gains against foreign-backed government forces. 

Pakistan, Afghanistan summon envoys to lodge protest

Pakistan and Afghanistan have summoned each other's ambassadors to lodge protest over detention of an official of the Pakistani mission in Kandahar by Afghan authorities and a border clash prompted by construction of a gate by Pakistani Army at a transit point.

Court overturns death sentences in mob killing of Afghan woman: Judge

An Afghan appeal court has overturned death sentences given to four men for the mob killing in March of a woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Kabul, a judge said Thursday.

Kabul woman mob killing: Afghan court quashes death sentences of four accused
Kabul woman mob killing: Afghan court quashes death sentences of four accused

In what is set to evoke a worldwide condemnation, a court in Afghanistan has quashed the death sentences handed to four men accused of lynching a 28-year-old woman to death in Kabul in March.

Afghan army general accused of drug trafficking

 Afghan police have detained an army general accused of smuggling nearly 20 kg (44 lb) of heroin, police and defence officials said on Wednesday. 

Suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghan capital
Suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghan capital

 A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign troops serving with NATO on the main road running between Kabul`s airport and the US embassy, police and security officials said.

Ten killed in Afghanistan clash

At least 10 people, including seven Taliban militants, were killed on Friday in a gun battle in Afghanistan`s Takhar province, an official said.