Insurgents have kidnapped at least 12 de-miners in separate incidents in Afghanistan's eastern Logar Province.
Officials say "intense fighting" is under way in northeast Afghanistan as government forces attempt to retake a district overrun by Taliban militants.
Officials say that at least three security personnel and eight Taliban fighters were killed when a district in northeastern Afghanistan fell under Taliban control after rebels attacked security checkpoints on June 6.
A group of Afghan politicians and civil society members, including several women, have been holding talks with representatives of the Taliban in Norway.
Afghanistan is increasingly relying on a "cheap but dangerous" national militia of some 30,000 fighters, some of whom have committed serious abuses in the communities they are supposed to protect, an international research group says.
An independent Afghan anticorruption body warns that there is widespread misconduct in the country's Foreign Ministry.
Nine Afghan employees of a government development program, including a woman, have been killed by militants who attacked their guesthouse in a remote village of northern Afghanistan's Balkh Province.
In Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, security forces surrounded a police compound after an overnight battle with Taliban militants.
Five Taliban militants have been killed in an overnight battle when they tried to storm a police compound in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad in an attack that began with a suicide car bomber driving into the facility’s gate.
A senior U.S. official says Qatar has agreed to temporarily extend travel bans on five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for captured Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has written a letter to Pakistani leaders demanding that Islamabad take stronger action against Taliban militants.
The German Foreign Ministry says that the hostage, an unidentified male, is at the German Consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif.