Hamid Karzai

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A handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres shows the hospital in Kunduz. Photograph: MSF handout/EPA

Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is ‘disgusted’ by Afghan government claims justifying a suspected US air strike that kill(...)

Afghan security forces at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Wednesday. Six people were killed and more than 30 injured in the bombing close to the presidential palace. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

President Barack Obama has decided to slow down the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 military personnel into next year, nearly(...)

Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has worked assiduously to secure Pakistan’s help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table. Photograph: Christof Stacheandreas Gebert/AFP/Getty Images

After more than a decade of war, formal talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government will begin in the coming weeks, the country’s presiden(...)

Tribal elders and representatives from the Yahya Khel district pray after a meeting with Afghanistan’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Afghans are being treated to the unfamiliar spectacle of their leaders trying to outdo one another in good governance even as they remain hopelessly d(...)

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.(...)

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