People attend the burial of Gen Abdul Razeq, the Kandahar police commander who was killed in an attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Photograph: Ismail Sameem/Reuters

Saturday’s parliamentary election in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar will be delayed by a week after the assassination of one of the country(...)

An Afghan policeman keeps watch in  Jalalabad. Photograph: Parwiz/Reuters

Unidentified militants shot and killed nine Afghan employees of a foreign-backed aid group in an attack early on Tuesday in Afghanistan’s northern Bal(...)

Prime minister Kevin Rudd, campaigning for elections on September 7th, said he would allow the investigation to run its course and that he had full confidence in the military. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Australia’s military is investigating a unit of special forces soldiers accused of cutting the hands from corpses of one or more insurgents killed dur(...)

An Afghan woman wearing a burqa carries a child  along a street on the outskirts of Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Afghanistan’s parliament failed to pass a law today banning violence against women, a severe blow to progress made in women’s rights in the co(...)