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.
The Afghan president made the announcement after the US said it would meet the Taliban
The Afghan government has praised its security forces for beating back a Taliban assault on central Kabul that left seven dead.
Afghanistan's Parliament failed to pass a law banning violence against women, a severe blow to progress made in women's rights in the country.
A suicide attack has claimed six lives and air attacks have killed 10 children over a weekend that served as a reminder of Afghanistan's conflict.
A car bomb blast killed five Americans in Afghanistan, including three US soldiers and a young diplomat on Saturday.
Actor Angelina Jolie has opened another girls school in Afghanistan and plans to fund more from the proceeds of a jewellery line.
President Hamid Karzai has said that the US would hand over a final group of Afghan prisoners, signalling a breakthrough in disputes with Washington.
Soosan Feroz is a surprising new phenomenon in the conservative Islamic country -- the nation's first female rapper.
A lone shooter could not have committed the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers blamed on a US soldier, a witness has testified.