In a melee of hooves and hands, a scrum of horseriders on the plains of Central Asia wrestle to get control of the ball.
Hairatan, the only crossing between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, is an ominous bellwether of economic activity in northern Afghanistan.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the USA have issued the Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation.
Desperate survivors appealed for food and blankets after a devastating earthquake killed more than 360 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said he welcomed President Barack Obama's decision to keep US troops in Afghanistan longer than planned as part of a "crucial" effort to support Kabul.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter indicated the United States would maintain extra troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of next year.
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Madrid, beginning a European tour amid alarm over Russian bombardments in Syria and the refugee crisis sparked by the conflict.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned last week's deadly attack on a Pakistani air force base and said Afghanistan will never allow its land to be used against Pakistan.
Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev took part in CSTO Collective Security Council meeting to discuss countering terrorist threats.
From ridiculing warlords to poking fun at the political elite, a crop of covertly run Afghan satirical outlets are resonating widely with disenchanted citizens.
At least 50 militants were killed and their ammunition dump destroyed Monday in air strikes on hideouts in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan on Monday of sending "messages of war" and harbouring bomb-making camps.
At least five people were killed when a Taliban suicide car bomber struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, the latest in a wave of lethal bombings in the Afghan capital.
A Taliban attack killed up to 29 people in northern Afghanistan, after a wave of lethal bombings in the capital as the insurgency escalates following a bitter power transition.
Multiple bombings rocked Kabul, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital.
A powerful car bomb in Kabul early Friday killed at least seven people and wounded dozens of others.
Afghanistan's spy agency banned all mourning ceremonies for deceased Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
Terrorists from Central Asia, China, Russia and other countries use the territory of Afghanistan, said the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
With a hint of swagger, Afghanistan's first female pilot since the fall of the Taliban is defying death threats and archaic gender norms.
Afghanistan and Iran announced plans for enhanced security cooperation to combat threats from the Islamic State group, including possible joint military operations.