An explosive device planted by Taliban militants has killed 11 civilians in Afghanistan's most violent province, a government official said.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Taliban attacks in Kabul that killed at least 17 Afghans and foreigners.
The United States plans to launch a new military operation later this year to seize Kandahar city in southern Afghanistan from Taliban control, a senior Obama administration official has said.
Afghan government efforts to reconcile with moderate Taliban are already in motion, despite domestic opposition. But Kabul appears unprepared to provide the conditions insurgents want to see.
Germany's parliament has voted to send up to 850 more troops to Afghanistan and extend the mission by one year.
At least 17 people have been killed and more than 30 wounded in a coordinated attack in central Kabul. Militants armed with automatic weapons and bombs targeted two private guest houses and a shopping mall.
At least 16 people have been killed and more than 36 wounded in a coordinated attack in the central, most fortified part of Kabul.
Starting February 24, the Library of Congress is running a multimedia exhibit displaying some of the thousands of hand-painted scrolls and letters received by Afghanistan's most popular radio station, RFE/RL's Radio Azadi.
A memo from the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to his staff describes the poor recruitment rate months after a deadly attack on the UN compound in Kabul, RFE/RL reports.
Afghan police says two men on a motorbike gunned down a provincial official in Kandahar today as he was walking to work from his home.
Rights groups have condemned an Afghan amnesty bill that would allow suspected war criminals who pledge to work with the government to avoid prosecution.