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Taliban blast in Kabul kills four Afghan soldiers

Kabul - At least four Afghan soldiers were killed and around a dozen people including six civilians wounded when a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials said.

U.S. paid $486 million for Afghan planes now sold for scrap

Kabul - So far only 16 of 20 Italian-made military transport planes bought by the U.S. for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of almost $500 million have been sold for scrap at about six cents a pound.

New Afghan president hosts Turkey's Erdogan in Kabul

Kabul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Afghanistan Saturday, the latest world leader to visit the war-ravaged country since President Ashraf Ghani took power after a prolonged political standoff.

Afghanistan captures two Haqqani commanders

Kabul - Afghan security forces said Thursday they have captured two senior leaders of the feared Haqqani network, a hardline group behind sophisticated attacks on Afghan and NATO forces.

Taliban ambush in northern Afghanistan kills 22 police

Balkh - Taliban militants killed 22 police officers and wounded eight after ambushing a police convoy in northern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.

Civilian dead in Taliban suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber targeted an NATO convoy in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Monday, killing an Afghan civilian but causing no casualties among foreign troops, officials said.

German aid worker freed in Kabul after two-year ordeal

Kabul - A German aid worker who was taken hostage by masked gunmen in Pakistan over two years ago was released in neighbouring Afghanistan this week, Berlin said on Friday.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.

Five Afghan men hanged for gang-rape despite UN appeal

Kabul - Five Afghan men were hanged on Wednesday for the gang rape of four women despite the United Nations and human rights groups criticising the trial and urging new president Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions.

Taliban leader messes up tweet, gives away location via geotag

Kabul - With a mistaken tweet, the Taliban's Afghanistan spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, revealed with a geotag that he was in Sindh, Pakistan. The Friday tweet which went out to almost 5,900 followers claimed an attack; Mujahid claims the tweet was a conspiracy.

New Afghan leader thanks NATO troops for their sacrifice

Kabul - Newly-inaugurated Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday set a fresh tone in relations with NATO countries that have fought against Taliban insurgents, paying a fulsome tribute to foreign soldiers who died in battle.

Mixed legacy for Afghanistan after Karzai departure

Kabul - Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai may have brought development and relative stability to major cities, but an insurgency-wracked countryside and sky-high corruption levels mean that for many ordinary citizens he leaves behind a mixed legacy.

Three killed in suicide attack on Afghan army bus

Kabul - A Taliban suicide attacker killed three people on an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Thursday, the latest deadly strike against such vehicles since the new government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country.

As Afghan security pact signed US drones kill 4 civilians

Kabul - Ashraf Ghani, the newly inaugurated Afghan president, has signed a bilateral security agreement(BSA) with the US to allow US troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2014 when the present agreement will expire.

Fugitive Afghans seeking asylum from death threats at home

Three Afghan military officers who fled an international training program on Cape Cod last month say they face death threats if they return to Afghanistan, and are seeking asylum in either Canada or the U.S.

Twin suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul kill 7

Kabul - Two Taliban suicide bombers hit army buses in Kabul Wednesday, killing at least seven people in a coordinated attack, officials said, a day after the new Afghan government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country.

Op-Ed: U.S. still holds about 60 prisoners indefinitely in Afghanistan

Bagram - While the US and Afghanistan have just signed a bilateral security agreement that will allow US and some NATO troops to remain after the end of 2014, there are still outstanding issues such as the fate of a number of prisoners still held by the US.

Afghanistan and US sign long-delayed troop pact

Kabul - Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to allow about 10,000 US troops to stay in the country next year, as new President Ashraf Ghani took a major step towards mending frayed ties with Washington.

New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

Kabul - Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan on Monday and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war.

Afghan 'free spirit' Ashraf Ghani becomes president

Kabul - Ashraf Ghani is an intellectual high-achiever with a famous temper who proudly describes himself as a "free spirit". Now he must prove himself to be a unifying leader who can tackle Afghanistan's vast problems.
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