Gunmen have reportedly attacked the Indian Consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif, attempting to enter the compound.
Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has warned against celebratory gunfire after the upcoming South Asia soccer final against India, hoping to avoid a repeat of the dangerous celebrations that followed the Afghan national team's victory in 2013.
Officials in Kabul say an Afghan National Army helicopter has crashed in the province of Logar to the south of Kabul, killing three Afghan soldiers.
Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said 37 of the captives were soldiers, another seven were policemen, and the rest were civilians.
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake was felt in Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan on January 2, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are renewing efforts to forge peace in the new year, scheduling a round of talks in Pakistan for January 11.
A suicide car bomber killed one person and wounded at least 11 others in central Kabul on January 1.
The United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) says more than one million migrants braved the seas in 2015 to reach Europe, nearly five times more than in the previous year.
The Pakistani military says Pakistan and Afghanistan have established a direct line between their respective military commanders and made first contact on December 30.
An Afghan businessman has been charged with bribing U.S. soldiers to obtain millions of dollars in U.S. supply contracts in a major U.S. court case targeting corruption during the war in Afghanistan.
Afghan officials say two unidentified gunmen have shot and killed a female polio campaigner in the southern city of Kandahar.
At least one civilian died and many others were injured in a suicide attack near the international airport in Kabul on December 28. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)