Afghanistan

U.S. Congress backs more visas for Afghans who worked with troops

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Friday authorizing 1,000 more visas for Afghan civilians who worked with American troops and diplomats - often risking their lives - sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law.

Game of thrones: Afghan leadership vacuum raises summit questions

KABUL - Who, if anyone, will represent Afghanistan at next month's NATO summit is becoming an increasingly pressing and awkward question for the alliance, as it seeks to withdraw most of its troops and bring a long and deadly engagement closer to completion.

World, United Nations 31 Jul 2014

Stop-start Afghan vote audit gets green light, but troubles remain

KABUL - The mammoth task of auditing eight million votes cast in the second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will restart on Saturday, the electoral commission said on Thursday, but disputes still hang over the process.

World, United Nations 31 Jul 2014

Karzai's powerful cousin killed, worsens strains over poll deadlock

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's powerful cousin, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was killed in a suicide bomb attack on Tuesday, officials said, deepening strains over an election marred by fraud and under a U.N.-monitored review.

World, United Nations 29 Jul 2014

U.S., Afghanistan fail to track U.S.-supplied small arms: watchdog

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government has failed to effectively track many of the more than 465,000 light weapons it has supplied to Afghanistan's army and police, creating the risk that machine guns and other small arms could fall into insurgent hands, a U.S. watchdog said on Monday.

World, 28 Jul 2014

Gunmen stop minibuses, kill at least 14 in Afghanistan

KABUL - Gunmen intercepted two minibuses traveling through central Afghanistan and killed at least 14 passengers overnight, officials said on Friday. | Video

World, 26 Jul 2014

U.S. tells Pakistan: Do not let Haqqani fighters resettle

ASPEN Colorado - The U.S. government urged Pakistan on Friday to prevent displaced Haqqani militants from returning to their traditional sanctuary after a Pakistani military offensive near the Afghanistan border.

World, 25 Jul 2014

Obama calls Afghan candidates as vote recount drags on

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday called Afghanistan's presidential candidates who are fighting over who won a June 14 election and urged them to maintain national unity during a vote recount and transition, the White House said.

World, 25 Jul 2014

Taliban stop cars, kill passengers in central Afghanistan

KABUL - Taliban insurgents intercepted two minibuses traveling through central Afghanistan and killed at least 14 passengers overnight, officials said on Friday. | Video

World, 25 Jul 2014

Afghan vote recount moves at snail's pace, rival sides far apart

KABUL - The dusty ballot box from the disputed Afghan presidential election was supposed to contain 550 votes. When auditors cut the seal they found barely 30 votes inside.

World, United Nations 24 Jul 2014