An unlikely voice has joined the chorus of criticism directed against the Afghan government's commitment to civil liberties -- the Taliban.
Afghanistan today said it would clarify newly announced restrictions on media coverage of insurgent attacks.
Two Afghans and an Iranian are among this year's winners of the U.S. government's International Women of Courage Award.
Media and rights groups have denounced a sweeping ban announced on live coverage of militant attacks in Afghanistan.
Four Afghan civilians and one foreign soldier were killed today when a suicide car bomber hit a convoy of NATO-led troops near the southern city of Kandahar, officials and witnesses said.
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.