As U.S. President Barack Obama prepares for talks with his Afghan and Pakistani counterparts, his new "Af-Pak" strategy for combating extremism and restoring stability in the region is already facing rapidly evolving challenges.
The U.S. military has denied it has allowed soldiers to try to convert Afghans to Christianity, after a television network showed pictures of soldiers with Bibles translated into local languages.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has officially registered to stand for reelection, and named current Vice President Karim Khalili and former Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim as his two running mates.
Italian troops fired on a passenger car in western Afghanistan, killing a 12-year-old Afghan girl and wounding three members of her family, the family said.
Afghan men are illegally collecting voter cards in the names of women, raising worries about fraud in the upcoming presidential election, the head of Afghanistan's human rights commission has said.
Pakistani Taliban have beheaded two government officials in the northwestern Swat Valley in revenge for the killing of two insurgent commanders by security forces, a militant spokesman has said.
Afghanistan's insurgency can be brought to an end through "soft diplomacy" with the Taliban, if Western forces commit to a timetable to withdraw from the country, a veteran of past negotiations with the militants says.
On April 30, local authorities in Kabul began removing all beggars from the streets. The plan follows a resolution by the council of ministers -- headed by President Hamid Karzai -- from November that outlawed begging on the streets.
One of the top candidates expected to bid to unseat Afghan President Hamid Karzai withdrew abruptly from the election race on May 2, dealing a blow to opposition hopes of fielding a contender with a broad enough base to win.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on May 1 she expected "intense sessions" when the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan come to Washington for three-nation talks next week.
Three American and two Latvian soldiers were killed in an attack by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan on May 1, U.S. forces and Latvia's Defense Ministry said.
Due to the efforts of tribal and community leaders, more than 200 schools have reopened in Afghanistan recently, many of them in the country's volatile southern region.