The U.S. commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan has apologized over the deaths of up to 18 civilians in a coalition air strike on June 6.
Afghan officials said at least 14 criminals, including Taliban fighters, escaped after a bomb blew a hole in a wall at a prison in the country's north.
A U.S. magazine has published e-mails written by an American soldier being held hostage by the Taliban that suggest he was considering deserting the U.S. military even before his capture three years ago.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, have moved to strengthen ties between their nations, pledging closer cooperation as NATO-led forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.
The United States has pledged to investigate a June 6 NATO air strike in Afghanistan and take "appropriate actions" amid Afghan accounts that as many as 18 civilians were killed.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has cut short an official visit to China following reports of civilian deaths in a NATO air strike in eastern Afghanistan.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced trip for talks with military leaders.
Afghan officials and residents say an early-morning NATO air strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed several civilians, including many women and children.
The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan says two of its troops have died in a helicopter crash in the eastern part of the country.
Regional security is the focus of a two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which is getting under way in the Chinese capital, Beijing.
A security official in Afghanistan's northeastern Takhar Province says 17 people have been detained in connection with the alleged gas poisoning of hundreds of schoolgirls.
Police say at least 21 civilians have been killed in an apparent suicide bombing at a crowded market in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar.