Afghanistan

Afghanistan hangs five men over gang rape, despite concerns of rights groups

Mirwais Harooni Afghanistan hanged five men on Wednesday over a gang rape that had shocked the country, officials said, despite requests from human rights groups for new President Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions...

Afghanistan signs pact to keep US and NATO troops past 2014

Done deal: US Ambassador James Cunningham and Afghan national security adviser Hanif Atmar shake on it in Kabul.

Declan Walsh New president Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai signs security agreement to allow 9,800 US and 2,000 NATO troops to remain in Afghanistan.

Historic handover in Afghanistan as Ashraf Ghani becomes president

Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani speaks during a gathering in Kabul.

Kay Johnson In the first democratic handover of power in Afghanistan's history, the country will inaugurate a new president, Ashraf Ghani.

Afghanistan gets new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

ROD NORDLAND Afghanistan's election commission on Sunday pronounced Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai the winner of the country's presidential election.

14 Pakistanis freed from US custody in Afghanistan's Bagram prison

Fourteen Pakistani detainees were released from US custody in Bagram Prison in Afghanistan and repatriated to Pakistan on Saturday, a Pakistani legal firm representing some of the prisoners said.

NATO to discuss Ukraine and Afghanistan with 'enhanced' Australia

Armed police officers outside the Celtic Manor Resort, venue for the NATO summit in Wales.

Nick Miller Billions of dollars' worth of weaponry have sailed into Cardiff Bay for a NATO summit that could decide where the guns are going to point next, and at which Australia will see its ties with the...

Five Red Cross aid workers seized in western Afghanistan

Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2009 and released earlier this year.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Saturday that five of its Afghan staff were kidnapped by a local armed group two days ago in the western province of Herat.

Presidential candidate Abdullah rejects Afghanistan election audit amid fraud claims

Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (left) and Abdullah Abdullah.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman says, tipping the country deeper into crisis a week before the...

Abdullah Abdullah claims victory in Afghanistan election

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah waves to his supporters during a gathering in Kabul on Tuesday.

Usman Sharifi Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory in Afghanistan's disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind in preliminary results as fears rise of instability and ethnic unrest.

Afghanistan's Abdullah calls preliminary results a 'coup' against the people

Supporters of Ashraf Ghani dance in the street after the announcement of preliminary results.

Mirwais Harooni Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah's camp rejected preliminary results of the country's election on Monday as a "coup" against the people.

'Friendly fire' kills five US soldiers in Afghanistan

An Afghan police officer stands guard during a campaign rally in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.

Azam Ahmed Five US Special Operations service members and at least one Afghan soldier were killed when a US Air Force B-1 bomber unleashed an airstrike on their position in southern Afghanistan, in one of the...

Afghanistan election could bring first peaceful power transfer - or more violence and fraud

The work begins: Afghan election workers move election material into a polling station in Herat.

Ernesto Londono Either Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani will replace Hamid Karzai as president, but the Taliban has vowed to violently thwart Saturday's historic election.

John Kerry tries to settle Afghanistan election crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai as he arrives for a dinner at the presidential palace in Kabul on Friday.

Matthew Rosenberg and Carlotta Gall in Kabul The Obama administration had hoped that after years of frustration with President Hamid Karzai, a successful election in Afghanistan would finally produce a leader who could stabilize the country...

Car bomb in market kills scores in Afghanistan

Afghan security personnel rush to the scene of the suicide attack at a market in Urgun district, Paktika province on Tuesday.

A sport utility vehicle packed with explosives has detonated in a market in eastern Afghanistan destroying shops and leaving the bloodied remains of men, women and children in the rubble.

Afghanistan looks to censor Facebook during tense election fallout

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai at a news conference in Kabul last week. Mr Ghani has called on his rival Abdullah Abdullah to rejoin the race, after he pulled out alleging vote-rigging.

Kevin Sieff When Facebook arrived here, it quickly became an emblem for progress and freedom in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Over 100 dead, thousands left homeless by flash floods in Afghanistan

KABUL, April 25 (Reuters) - More than 100 people have been killed and thousands left homeless by flash floods in north and west Afghanistan, officials said on Friday, prompting desperate pleas for...

Five NATO troops killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

French and US soldiers, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, in Kabul.

LONDON, April 26 AFP - Five troops have been killed in a British military helicopter crash in Afghanistan, with the cause of the incident under investigation.

2500 people may be buried by landslide in Afghanistan

Map locates Badakhshan province in north-west Afghanistan where the landslides took place.

Azam Ahmed and Haris Kakar More than 2000 people are trapped after a landslide smashed into a village in a remote mountainous area of northeastern Afghanistan on Friday, a spokesman for the local governor said, prompting a...

Taliban launch 'spring offensive' to cleanse 'the filth of the infidels' from Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Taliban fighters have launched a 'spring offensive' against NATO forces since losing power in 2001.

Ben Sheppard Kabul: Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan announced the start of their annual "spring offensive" on Thursday, vowing a final summer of bloody attacks on foreign forces before the 13-year NATO combat...

Obama lands in Afghanistan for surprise visit

US troops in Afghanistan listen to President Barack Obama during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base in Kabul last night.

Margaret Talev President Obama has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on the same weekend the US honours its war dead.