Voting has begun in Afghanistan's presidential election, marking the first democratic transfer of power since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.
On Saturday Afghanistan votes for a new president. The M&G spoke to the UN's special representative for Afghanistan ahead of the country's elections.
Four gunmen opened fire on guests in a luxury Kabul hotel restaurant in the latest violent attack in Afghanistan's capital city.
A Taliban suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-packed vehicle next to a Nato military convoy in Kabul, say officials.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, has been honoured by Harvard University.
Maulana Sami ul-Haq told an interviewer this week that peace would not be possible as long as foreign troops were in Afghanistan.
Suicide bombers have targeted the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing nine people and injuring 21 others.
A United States drone strike has killed the number two of the Pakistan Taliban, Wali-ur-Rehman, in the North Waziristan region.
Pakistanis have voted in a landmark test of democracy and have been quickly reminded of the militant violence that plagues the country.
A candidate running for Parliament in Pakistan's election next week has been shot dead along with his three-year-old son in Karachi, say police.
A bomb has killed eight people in Pakistan, including the son of an Afghan cleric, and wounded about 45 in the city of Peshawar, officials have said.
Pakistan's Taliban, which claimed the 2010 Times Square bomb plot, has denied responsibility for the explosions that killed three people in Boston.
More than two-thirds of the inmates at the Badam Bagh prison are serving sentences for leaving their husbands or refusing arranged marriages.
A car bomb blast killed five Americans in Afghanistan, including three US soldiers and a young diplomat on Saturday.
Pakistan's Taliban have threatened to use suicide bombers and snipers to kill former President Pervez Musharraf when he returns home from exile.
President Hamid Karzai has said that the US would hand over a final group of Afghan prisoners, signalling a breakthrough in disputes with Washington.
Three workers in a United Nations-backed polio eradication campaign have been shot in Pakistan and two of them have been killed.
Six people were killed as police and troops battled armed militants in Pakistan's Peshawar, a day after a deadly Taliban raid on the city's airport.
The Taliban's attempt to kill a 14-year-old girl, famous for speaking out against Islamic militants, has triggered a wave of revulsion in Pakistan.