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Afghan film star in miserable French exile after death threats over veil

Paris - The feted star of an internationally-acclaimed film, Afghan actress Marina Golbahari, and her husband have been chased from their home to the brink of suicide in a filthy French asylum shelter after she was photographed without a veil.

Little Messi flees Afghanistan, appeals to UN after 'threats'

Quetta - The young Afghan boy who captivated hearts after he was pictured wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Lionel Messi jersey has appealed to the UN refugee agency after fleeing Afghanistan.

Survivors call for U.S. troops to face trial over Afghan hospital air strike

Kunduz - Survivors of a US air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan have called for those responsible to go on trial and dismissed an American military investigation that said the bombardment did not amount to a war crime.

No war crimes charges for US troops who bombed Afghan hospital

Kunduz - The US personnel who bombarded a hospital in the Afghan city Kunduz last year and killed 42 people will not face war crimes charges, their commander said Friday.

Shrinking U.S. presence in Afghanistan creates security concerns

Washington - The dwindling US troop presence in Afghanistan is hampering the Pentagon's ability to train and monitor local security forces, a government watchdog report warned Friday.

Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

Sydney - An Australian woman working for a charity in Afghanistan has been kidnapped, the country's foreign minister said Friday.

Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

Sydney - An Australian woman working for a charity in Afghanistan has been kidnapped, the country's foreign minister said Friday.

Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

Sydney - An Australian woman working for a charity in Afghanistan has been kidnapped, the country's foreign minister said Friday.

The battle for birth control: Afghanistan's new fight

Balkh - "Four children is enough," says the young Afghan woman as she examines a box of contraceptive pills.

Kabul attack death toll more than doubles to 64

Kabul - The death toll from a Taliban attack in Kabul has more than doubled to 64, officials said Wednesday, in the deadliest assault on the Afghan capital since the Islamists were toppled from power in 2001.

Attacks on Kabul's diplomatic quarter

Kabul - At least 28 people have been killed in a bomb blast near government offices in Kabul, the latest insurgent attack in the highly fortified area.

Heavy casualties as Taliban suicide bombing, gunfire rattle Kabul

Kabul - A powerful Taliban car bomb followed by a fierce firefight left many people dead or wounded in Kabul Tuesday, the Afghan president said, a week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive.

Afghan child casualties soar as urban warfare escalates: UN

Kabul - Child casualties have soared in Afghanistan this year as the Taliban stepped up attacks in urban areas, the United Nations said Sunday, branding the figures "appalling".

Afghan Taliban announce start of 'spring offensive'

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban announced Tuesday the start of their "spring offensive" even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table to end their drawn-out conflict.

Afghan suicide bomber 'kills 12' army recruits

Jalalabad - At least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded Monday when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying Afghan army recruits near the eastern city of Jalalabad, officials said.

Afghan lawmaker under fire after controversial interview on rape

Kabul - A video of an Afghan lawmaker purportedly threatening to cut off a reporter's nose after she asked his views on marital rape has gone viral and sparked widespread condemnation online.

Strong earthquake shakes buildings across South Asia

Kabul - South-western Asia was hit by a 6,6 magnitude earthquake today that was felt in a number of cities. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Afghanistan, close to its border with Tajikistan, at 10:28 GMT, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Afghan Taliban chief consolidates power before annual offensive

Kandahar - By subduing dissidents and eliminating rivals, Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is rapidly consolidating his authority over the fractious Afghan insurgent movement as it prepares for "decisive" battles in its upcoming spring offensive.

Kerry calls on Afghan Taliban 'to enter into a peace process'

Kabul - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday called on the Afghan Taliban to restart direct peace talks with Kabul, weeks after the militant group refused to return to the negotiating table.

Afghan Taliban chief consolidates power before annual offensive

Kandahar - By subduing dissidents and eliminating rivals, Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is rapidly consolidating his authority over the fractious Afghan insurgent movement as it prepares for "decisive" battles in its upcoming spring offensive.

Lithuania welcomes Afghan who reached out on social media

Vilnius - A 22-year-old Afghan man landed in Lithuania on Wednesday after reaching out to the president for help on YouTube and securing a temporary visa that paves the way for asylum."I heard Germany has a lot of money, but I want to be in Lithuania.

Suicide bomber kills at least 6 in eastern Afghanistan

Kabul - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least six civilians and wounded 22 Tuesday when he detonated near a clinic and a school during a police chase in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

Afghan child migrants: A father's wrenching choice

Kabul - Shimmying his trousers down a little, an Afghan father on the Taliban's hit-list exposed a torso pitted with shrapnel scars to justify an agonising decision -- entrusting his sons to traffickers smuggling migrants to Europe.

Taliban fire rockets at new Afghan parliament

Kabul - Taliban insurgents fired a barrage of rockets at Afghanistan's newly built parliament complex in Kabul on Monday, as top security officials including the intelligence chief prepared to address the assembly.

Activists slam US 'punishments' for Afghan hospital attack

Kunduz - Rights campaigners Friday lambasted US "punishments" handed to officers involved in a catastrophic bombing raid on an Afghan hospital, saying the failure to criminally investigate them is an injustice and insult to the victims.

Russia, Tajikistan hold huge military drills near Afghan border

Dushanbe - Russia and fragile ex-Soviet ally Tajikistan have begun large-scale military drills close to the Central Asian state's restless border with Afghanistan, a Tajik military official confirmed Tuesday.

Anguish as Kabul family buries 10 drowned migrants

Kabul - "It was God's will," says Mohammed Ashraf, a tear rolling down his weathered face as he looks at the lifeless bodies of five male relatives, brought back to Kabul after they drowned trying to reach Europe.

HRW slams reduced sentences in mob killing of Afghan woman

Kabul - Human Rights Watch has slammed Afghanistan's justice system after the country's top court upheld reduced sentences in the savage mob killing of a woman falsely accused of burning the Koran.

Hopeless and broke, some Afghan migrants return from Europe

Kabul - After risking death on the migrant trail and two months in "nightmarish" refugee centres in Germany, Mohammed Asif bought a one-way ticket back to Afghanistan, relinquishing his lifelong dream of asylum in Europe.

Afghan retreat from key districts stokes instability fears

Kandahar - Overstretched Afghan forces are pulling back from violent southern districts without a fight, ceding key territory to the resurgent Taliban as part of an unprecedented "strategic retreat" that has stoked fears government control is slipping.
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The Taliban have kidnapped Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni, as she and her children were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul
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Two Afghan children look at a U.S. Army photographer in June, 2010
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President Barack Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan
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A convoy of the Hungarian ISAF contingent on the road in Afghanistan.
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Small children carrying babies in their arms in southern Afghanistan.
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Hundreds attended the funerals on Thursday of some of the victims of a massive avalanche in a mountain-bound valley in Afghanistan.
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Elk Grove High School's drill team rounds the corner at the start of the parade.
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An Afghan boy looks at a U.S. Marine photographer in 2010
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Prince Harry standing next to Apache Helicopter at Camp Bastion
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Helmet cam video: US soldier under Taliban machine gun fire
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A US special operations sniper aims his rifle.
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File photo: Kuchi people moving in Panjshir province in Afghanistan.
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U.S. Secretary of State poses with Aghani female politicians at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.
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Swedish marines in Afghanistan made a parody video of Greased Lightning from the 1978 movie "Grease"
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