Foreign troops have pulled back from Helmand province as their withdrawal from Afghanistan begins, leaving local forces to fight the Taliban.
A Taliban attack has killed 18 people and wounded around 150 in Afghanistan, while Nato has warned that accords over Afghan troops have to be signed.
Journalists in conflict zones risk their lives to cover the most fraught corners of the globe. We pay tribute to some of those killed, injured and kidnapped.
Books about Afghanistan tell tales of war, kite-flying, the Taliban and patience stones.
About 60% of Aghanistan's eligible voters turned out for the second round of presidential voting despite rocket barrages and other attacks.
News analysis: US interest in the Afghanistan region is now waning, but various extremist factions will remain.
The last of the United States military forces will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2016, 15 years after the September 2001 attacks in New York.
Officials have given up hope of finding survivors and begun helping the more than 4 000 displaced villagers in the area.
The first snapshot of the Afghanistan elections puts the pair of ex-ministers in the lead. But two minority candidates could decide the final result.
Exceeding turnout predictions, thousands of Afghans took to the polls to cast their votes for a new president despite Taliban threats.
Despite cold weather and the Taliban rejecting Afghanistan's election as a foreign plot, voters turned out in large numbers to choose a new president.
Four gunmen opened fire on guests in a luxury Kabul hotel restaurant in the latest violent attack in Afghanistan's capital city.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is deciding whether to veto a "backward" law that would restrict prosecutions for domestic and child abuse.
The proposed law allows men to attack their women relatives without consequence, unravelling gains made in a country where "honour" killings are rife.
It's not just refugee law. The low status accorded to unbelievers has now become a matter of systematic civic exclusion, writes Zoe Williams.
Afghanistan says it will follow through with its plan to release 88 prisoners the US considers dangerous - further souring relations between the two.
A Taliban suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-packed vehicle next to a Nato military convoy in Kabul, say officials.
Shocking and often bemusing to outsiders, the modern art produced by a small group of young Afghans would come as a surprise to most art connoisseurs.
Suicide bombers have targeted the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing nine people and injuring 21 others.