Representatives of the Afghan Taliban plan to take part in peace talks in Moscow next month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
A fierce battle broke out in Afghanistan's capital, after militants targeted rockets near where President Ashraf Ghani was speaking.
Iran has unveiled a fighter jet which it says is "100-percent" locally made.
Afghan officials say three gunmen have been killed in central Kabul after they fired a barrage of rockets while President Ashraf Ghani was making a speech to mark the start of the Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday.
They hadn't played an international soccer match in Kabul since 2013. That changed when the Palestinian National Team arrived to take on Afghanistan on August 19.
Afghan officials say government security forces on August 20 freed 149 people who had been taken hostage by the Taliban several hours earlier in the northern province of Kunduz.
Pakistan's 21-member cabinet has been sworn in, a day after newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed in a televised speech that his government would cut spending, end corruption, and repatriate public funds.
The Taliban has seized a district center in the northern Afghan province of Faryab, officials say, days after the militants captured a military base in the same province.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has raised the death from a suicide bombing at an education center in Kabul to 40.
The leader of Afghanistan's Taliban has said there can be no peace in the country as long as foreign "occupation" goes on.
Afghan security forces claim to be in control of the city of Ghazni after an attack by Taliban militants set off almost five days of fighting. Video shot on August 15 shows burned-out markets and a heavy security presence on the streets.
Nineteen-year-old twins Atta and Farzana were among 34 recent high-school graduates killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul this week.