Taliban say keeping leader's death secret was a military decision

KABUL - Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most foreign troops were preparing to withdraw at the time, the group said on Monday.

Afghan police investigate gas poisoning at girls' school

HERAT, Afghanistan - More than 100 girls were taken to hospital from their school in western Afghanistan on Monday after breathing in toxic gas, officials said, and police were investigating whether the incident was deliberate.

World, 31 Aug 2015

US national security advisor warns Pakistan on recent militant attacks

ISLAMABAD - U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned Pakistani political and military leaders on Sunday that recent attacks in Afghanistan by militants based in Pakistan threaten regional security, an official said.

Politics, World, 30 Aug 2015

Afghan forces regain control of a symbolic district in south

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Afghan government forces, backed by NATO air strikes, have regained control of a key district in volatile Helmand province after days of fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents, provincial officials said on Sunday.

World, 30 Aug 2015

Refugee children, close to death, found in van in Austria

VIENNA - Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van crammed with 26 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Austrian police said on Saturday. | Video

World, Syria 29 Aug 2015

Hungary detains three Bulgarians, one Afghan in migrant truck deaths

KECSKEMET, Hungary - Three Bulgarians and an Afghan arrested in Hungary in connection with the deaths of 71 refugees found in a truck in Austria made their first appearance in court on Saturday, where they were given one month's detention to allow for an investigation.

World, 29 Aug 2015

Three refugee children found critically ill in Austria

VIENNA, Austria - Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van in Austria, crammed in with 23 other refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, police said on Saturday.

World, Syria 29 Aug 2015

Russia says Ukrainian hostage freed in Afghanistan

MOSCOW - Dmytro Bilyi, a Ukrainian who was being held prisoner by Afghan militants, has been freed with Russian help, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

World, 29 Aug 2015

Controlled explosions shake Afganistan's Kabul

KABUL - Two large explosions heard in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Saturday were controlled blasts by deminers, the city's deputy police chief said.

World, 29 Aug 2015

Hungary police arrest three Bulgarians, one Afghan related to migrant deaths in Austria

BUDAPEST - Hungarian police have arrested three Bulgarians and one Afghan citizen related to the truck found in Austria in which 71 migrants have died, Hungarian police said in a statement on Friday on its official website.

World, 28 Aug 2015