Afghanistan

Council fears US troop decision to hurt faltering Afghan peace process

KABUL - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticized President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency.

Clashes with Taliban halt supply of power in south Afghanistan

KABUL - Clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban have cut off the main supply of power to Afghanistan's Helmand and Kandahar provinces, according to residents and the chief of the national power company.

World, 1:23am EDT

Suicide attack on Afghan MP kills three in Kabul

KABUL - An Afghan member of parliament survived a targeted suicide attack in Kabul on Sunday but three people including a child were killed and eight others injured, police and government sources said. | Video

World, 29 Mar 2015

Afghan court sentences AP photojournalist's killer to 20 years in jail

KABUL - An Afghan police officer who shot and killed a veteran Associated Press photographer during the country's 2014 presidential election has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, a Supreme Court official told Reuters on Sunday.

World, 29 Mar 2015

Battlefield lessons transform U.S. emergency care

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Paramedic Dean Elliott rummaged through the ambulance's emergency kit and pulled out a pint-sized red power drill, a tool whose use was honed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Health, 29 Mar 2015

'Unholy alliance' of Islamists threatens Sweden: spy chief

STOCKHOLM - Sweden, once cited by Osama bin Laden as the kind of country al Qaeda did not attack, is facing a rising threat from Islamist militants because of the crises in Iraq and Syria, its spy chief said in an interview on Friday.

New Afghanistan banking law may jump-start Islamic finance

DUBAI/SYDNEY - Afghanistan could have a new banking law approved by parliament in a few months including provisions for Islamic products, which may help to draw hundreds of thousands of people into the formal financial sector.

27 Mar 2015

Protests continue a week after woman lynched in Afghan capital

KABUL - The lynching of a woman by a mob in the Afghan capital continued to fuel public anger on Thursday, as residents gathered at the site of her death to protest a week after the killing.

World, 26 Mar 2015

Ex-U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl charged with desertion, misbehavior

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan, was formally charged on Wednesday with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the most serious count, the Army said. | Video

U.S., 26 Mar 2015

New Afghan president warns of 'terrible threat' from Islamic State

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday of the "terrible threat" the Islamic State poses in Asia, and said the militant group is already sending fighters to his country. | Video

Politics, World, 25 Mar 2015