During a surprise visit to the Afghan capital, Kabul, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced his country will increase its troop commitment to Afghanistan.
Afghan officials say at least 13 people have been killed and 14 injured in a suicide attack at the home of a local politician in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the capital of increasingly volatile Nangarhar Province.
An Afghan commission says more than 700 civilians have been killed or injured in the last nine months in the southern province of Helmand.
Seven members of Afghan national security forces were killed along with three Islamic militants in an attack on a government guest house in the eastern city of Jalalabad. (RFE/RL Radio Free Afghanistan)
Afghan officials say security forces have killed two gunmen who had barricaded themselves in a building following a suicide bomb attack near the Pakistan consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
An Afghan official has warned the Taliban not to boycott the peace process with Kabul, saying insurgents that choose war will face serious consequences.
Nearly one in four children growing up in conflict zones are missing out on education, with Afghanistan among the four worst-affected countries, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) said on January 12.
Germany is turning back more migrants at its border with Austria, particularly those from Afghanistan who Germany insists do not qualify for asylum, Austrian authorities said January 11.
A Canadian who was taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan five years ago has been freed.
At least three Afghan children have been killed after a mortar bomb hit a school in eastern Afghanistan.
Diplomats from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States, and China held talks in Islamabad to try to draw up a plan for peace talks between in Afghanistan's government and the Taliban.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States, and China will begin talks on January 11 aimed at reviving the Afghan peace process.