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.
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.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday condemned the NATO mission in his country for causing "a lot of suffering" without delivering any gains.
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.
CSTO countries will transfer their weapons and military vehicles to Tajikistan free of charge for protection of the border with Afghanistan.
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.
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.
At least four Afghans were killed Friday in a Taliban suicide attack on the US consulate in the Afghan city of Herat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United States and its allies should immediately announce how many troops will stay on in Afghanistan after 2014.
Afghanistan's military is increasingly effective but it will need considerable training and foreign aid beyond the US pullout date of 2014.
A customs dispute between the Afghan and US governments has disrupted the withdrawal of American military equipment, dramatically inflating the cost of the drawdown.
The United States is seriously considering speeding up the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan because of frustration with President Hamid Karzai.
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.
The West should have negotiated with the Taliban more than a decade ago, soon after they were toppled.
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