The United States plans to send 300 Marines to the southern Afghan Province of Helmand to help train and advise local security forces.
The Taliban has denied responsibility for the killing of eight coal miners in northern Afghanistan.
The U.S. Marine Corps has announced it will deploy some 300 troops to southern Afghanistan this spring as part of a NATO-led mission to train Afghan forces.
An Afghan official says unidentified gunmen have killed 13 coal miners in northern Afghanistan.
Iranian media has reported that a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit a village in the country's south, killing four people, according to state television.
Hundreds of Shi'ite Muslims have demonstrated in western Afghanistan against increasing attacks by radical Islamic groups.
Afghan officials have arrested four suspects in the killing last month of five female airport employees and their driver in the southern province of Kandahar.
Afghan officials say at least one police officer was killed and five others were wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in eastern Logar Province on January 2.
Tajik authorities are looking into claims by an Afghan official that Taliban tanks and other heavy weapons are being repaired by Russian engineers in Tajikistan.
Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan have demanded authorities investigate attacks against members of their communities, after a local Sikh community leader was shot dead in the northern city of Kunduz.
Three Afghan migrants died and another 10, including six children, were injured in a traffic accident in southern Serbia on December 29, the Interior Ministry has said.
Serbian police say a car carrying at least 12 migrants crashed on a highway, killing two Afghan nationals and injuring 10 other passengers, including five children.