Afghan authorities stand guard at Pul-e-Charkhi prison as authorities prepared to execute five rapists in Kabul earlier today. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA

Afghan authorities have executed five men convicted of armed robbery and gang rape in a case that galvanised the nation this summer.The men were hange(...)

 An armed memer of the Afghan security mans a check point in Kabul, Afghanistan today  as part of intensified measures in the capital as president-elect Ashraf Ghani is sworn in. Photograph: EPA

Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade today, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the (...)

Authorities in Ghanzi province have appealed to the Afghan government - where new president Ashraf Ghani is in the process of taking over from Hamid Karzai (pictured) - for reinforcements following the attacks but so far none have come. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA.

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a strategic district in an Afghan province near the capital, killing dozens of people in five days of fighti(...)

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani dance on the street yesterday in Kabul after he was named president-elect. Photograph: Reuters/Omar Sobhani

Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank economist, was officially declared the new president of Afghanistan yesterday, after three months of political dead(...)

Five of seven men convicted of gang rape appear at a court in Kabul today. Photograph: Reuters

Afghanistan handed the death penalty to seven men today for raping and robbing a group of women returning from a wedding in a rare case of sexual ass(...)

The  broken window of a damaged Afghan National Army bus at the site of a Taliban suicide bomb attack in Enjil district of Herat in Afghanistan earlier this month. Taliban militants targeted two buses in the mountainous province of Ghor overnight, killing at least 14 people. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Taliban insurgents intercepted two minibuses travelling through central Afghanistan and killed at least 14 passengers overnight, officials said today.(...)

Secretary of State John Kerry greets Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah at the American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Pool via The New York Times

US secretary of state John Kerry began a series of meetings in Kabul yesterday in the hopes of finding a way out of a presidential election crisis tha(...)

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has told thousands of supporters he plans to declare victory as he claimed massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results putting his rival ahead. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has told thousands of supporters he plans to declare victory as he claimed massive fraud was responsib(...)

An Afghan policeman looks at a fire at the site of burning fuel trucks after an overnight attack by the Taliban on the outskirts of Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Taliban insurgents set fire today to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for Nato forces in an attack just outside the Afghan capital Kabul, p(...)

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah announced last week he was withdrawing from the election process, accusing incumbent Hamid Karzai and the country’s chief electoral officer a rival candidate rig the vote. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Afghanistan’s leadership crisis has deepened after one presidential candidate released audio recordings that he said captured a senior election offici(...)