Eighteen Afghan soldiers have been killed during clashes with Taliban militants that erupted after the troops conducted a night raid on their hideouts to capture a top leader of the militant group, government officials say.
An ancient tower dating back 2,000 years in the historic Afghan city of Ghazni collapsed this week, local officials said, raising concerns about the vulnerability of the country’s cultural heritage and the government’s ability to protect them.
The Taliban say "decent progress" has been made in talks with senior Afghan politicians in Moscow but that there has been no breakthrough towards ending two decades of the US occupation of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani says his government is ready to declare a ceasefire with the Taliban militant group as the grand peace assembly, known as a Loya Jirga, demanded an immediate and permanent truce.
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have turned down a request by the court's prosecutor to open an investigation into possible war crimes during the conflict in Afghanistan, saying it would not serve the interests of justice.
Two explosions went off at a public celebration in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah on Saturday, killing two people and wounding the governor of Helmand province, security and hospital officials said.