Russian captured in Afghanistan to face terrorism charges in U.S.

WASHINGTON - A Russian captured while fighting with militants in Afghanistan and held by the U.S. military there, will be flown to the United States to face terrorism charges, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Book Talk: Women in Afghanistan, through a looking glass

STOCKHOLM - When Swedish journalist Jenny Nordberg visited the home of an Afghan parliamentarian, she was surprised to hear one of the politician's daughters declare of another child she had assumed was her six-year-old brother: "It's true, he is our little sister."

Entertainment, 2:17pm EDT

Obama invites new Afghan leaders to White House

KABUL - U.S. President Barack Obama, keen to reset relations with Afghanistan that soured under longtime president Hamid Karzai, has invited the leaders of Afghanistan's new unity government to visit the White House early next year.

World, 8:06am EDT

In Afghan north, Taliban gains ground and courts local support

KUNDUZ CITY Afghanistan - Sardar, a 23-year-old working in his brother's barber shop in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, said local officials had asked for bribes to resolve a long-running family dispute over land.

World 21 Oct 2014

Despite costly U.S. effort, Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high

WASHINGTON - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the United States $7.6 billion, the U.S. government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction spending said on Tuesday.

World, 21 Oct 2014

At least nine militants killed in Pakistani army offensive

PESHAWAR Pakistan - Pakistan's army extended its offensive against Islamist militants in mountains along the Afghan border on Friday, killing at least nine insurgents, military officials said.

World, 17 Oct 2014

Afghanistan arrests son of Haqqani militant network's founder

KABUL - Afghan forces have arrested the son of the feared Haqqani network's founder along with a militant commander in charge of suicide attacks, a blow to the Taliban-linked Islamist group, Afghanistan's intelligence service said Thursday.

World, 16 Oct 2014

Bomber in Pakistan kills seven in attack on pro-government militia

PESHAWAR Pakistan - A suicide bomber killed seven people in Pakistan on Wednesday in an attack on a government-backed militia near the Afghan border, security officials and residents said.

15 Oct 2014

Probe of Bergdahl capture by Taliban complete, under Army review

WASHINGTON - An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the capture of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban militants in Afghanistan has been completed, but it is unclear when the military will finish its report, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

U.S. 14 Oct 2014

U.N. agency to cut food rations for 1 million Afghans over funding

KABUL - Funding shortfalls have forced the World Food Program to cut rations for up to 1 million people in Afghanistan, a WFP official said, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds down.

World, 14 Oct 2014