The situation in Afghanistan is grave, but victory can be achieved with a change in strategy, the commander of Western forces in the country has said, announcing the end of a long-awaited review.
The U.S. military is cancelling a contract with a public relations firm after coming under criticism for using the company to rate the output of journalists reporting on the Afghanistan war.
Attacks on polling stations housed in schools during the recent Afghan elections highlight the need for de-politicizing the education system.
Afghanistan's government must fight corruption and quickly deliver services to Afghans, because Taliban militants are filling gaps and winning support to their cause, a top counterinsurgency expert has said.
Tajikistan's Supreme Court has handed down long prison terms to four men found guilty of terrorism, in the ex-Soviet state's first trial of Al-Qaeda members, its security service has said.
Suspected Taliban militants have set fire to 18 container trucks carrying supplies for Western forces in neighboring Afghanistan in the Pakistani border town of Chaman, police said.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he might refuse to speak with a prosecutor investigating suspected CIA prisoner abuses, a probe he branded as political and bad for national security.
Afghanistan's election fraud watchdog has said it is probing 567 allegations of abuse it considers serious enough to affect the outcome of the August 20 vote, more than double the number announced two days ago.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited his troops in Afghanistan on August 29 to counter criticism that the war effort is being undermined by a lack of equipment and personnel.
Afghan election officials have said that incumbent President Hamid Karzai has widened his lead in Afghanistan's presidential race.
Afghan ex-militia chief Abdul Rashid Dostum, who returned to the country days before last week's presidential election to campaign for incumbent Hamid Karzai, has again left, his spokesman has said.
NATO's secretary-general has urged member countries to increase the training of Afghan security forces and said the alliance would stay in Afghanistan "as long as it takes."