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Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. ©Rueters/Mian Khursheed
Afghan peace on the table as Pakistan PM heads to US

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif departed Saturday for talks in the United States, with the Afghan peace process and the prickly issue of Washington's drone campaign likely to top the agenda.

Afghan peace on the table as Pakistan PM heads to US
Ex-finance minister Ghani bullish as Afghan election race begins

He collected a meagre three percent of the vote last time, but Ashraf Ghani is not short of self-confidence, believing he will win elections in April and be a transformative president of Afghanistan.

Ex-finance minister Ghani bullish as Afghan election race begins
Karzai says NATO mission caused 'suffering' for no gain

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday condemned the NATO mission in his country for causing "a lot of suffering" without delivering any gains.

Karzai says NATO mission caused 'suffering' for no gain
Deal needed 'soon' on post-2014 force in Afghanistan: US

A top Pentagon official said Friday it would be a "tragedy" if Afghan and US negotiators failed to clinch a deal allowing US troops to stay in the country after 2014.

Deal needed 'soon' on post-2014 force in Afghanistan: US
CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha. ©RIA Novosti
CSTO to supply weapons to Tajikistan to protect Afghan border

CSTO countries will transfer their weapons and military vehicles to Tajikistan free of charge for protection of the border with Afghanistan.

CSTO to supply weapons to Tajikistan to protect Afghan border
Illustration by Tengrinews.kz
Great Britain thanks Kazakhstan for military transit permit

Chairman of Kazakhstan Senate Kairat Mami has met with the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Kazakhstan Carolyn Browne.

Great Britain thanks Kazakhstan for military transit permit
Afghan election race kicks off as nominations open

Candidate nominations opened Monday for Afghanistan's presidential election, with a large field expected to register in the race to succeed Hamid Karzai as the US-led war winds down.

Afghan election race kicks off as nominations open
At least four dead in US consulate attack in Afghanistan

At least four Afghans were killed Friday in a Taliban suicide attack on the US consulate in the Afghan city of Herat.

At least four dead in US consulate attack in Afghanistan
Taliban bomb US consulate in Afghanistan

Heavily armed gunmen in suicide vests detonated a truck bomb outside the US consulate in the Afghan city of Herat, sparking a shootout with American forces early Friday.

Taliban bomb US consulate in Afghanistan
US general: 50-100 Afghan soldiers killed every week

About 50 to 100 Afghan soldiers are killed in battle every week but the high casualty rate does not mean the country's forces are at the breaking point, a US general.

US general: 50-100 Afghan soldiers killed every week
Karzai visits Pakistan, looking for Taliban peace

Afghan President Hamid Karzai flew into Islamabad on Monday for key talks with Pakistan's newly elected government, searching for communication with Taliban insurgents to end 12 years of war.

Karzai visits Pakistan, looking for Taliban peace
Karzai calls for head-to-head race in Afghan election

Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for next year's crucial election to be a US-style head-to-head contest between two candidates, and named three possible runners in the wide-open race.

Karzai calls for head-to-head race in Afghan election
Taliban attacks leave 17 civilians dead in Afghanistan

At least 17 civilians have been killed in multiple Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, underscoring increasing insecurity for ordinary people as foreign forces complete their withdrawal next year.

Taliban attacks leave 17 civilians dead in Afghanistan
Afghan female stars defy clerics' pressure

Judges on TV talent shows always attract controversy for making or breaking the careers of desperate wannabes -- but for Aryana Sayeed, the job is also a fight for Afghanistan's future.

Afghan female stars defy clerics' pressure
Ex-NATO chief: 15,000 troops should stay in Afghanistan

The United States and its allies should immediately announce how many troops will stay on in Afghanistan after 2014.

Ex-NATO chief: 15,000 troops should stay in Afghanistan
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Afghan forces need substantial help after 2014: US

Afghanistan's military is increasingly effective but it will need considerable training and foreign aid beyond the US pullout date of 2014.

Afghan forces need substantial help after 2014: US
©REUTERS/Andrew Burton
Afghan customs fines hike cost of US military pullout

A customs dispute between the Afghan and US governments has disrupted the withdrawal of American military equipment, dramatically inflating the cost of the drawdown.

Afghan customs fines hike cost of US military pullout
US considering speeding up Afghan pullout: report

The United States is seriously considering speeding up the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan because of frustration with President Hamid Karzai.

US considering speeding up Afghan pullout: report
Pakistan could soon end Afghan war: Kabul army chief

Pakistan could end the Afghan war "in weeks" if it were serious about peace, and is complicit in US drone strikes despite its denunciations of the anti-militant campaign.

Pakistan could soon end Afghan war: Kabul army chief
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) speaks with RC South Commander Major General Nick Carter. ©REUTERS/Jim Watson/Pool
West should have talked to Taliban: British general

The West should have negotiated with the Taliban more than a decade ago, soon after they were toppled.

West should have talked to Taliban: British general