These will be the big news stories of 2014
Elections in Egypt, the US and India. The World Cup. The Sochi Olympics. And the NATO withdrawal are all sure to be in the news in 2014.
2014: A year of electoral fireworks
A big year ahead for Dilma, Modi, Jokowi and Barry, too.
Six US troops die in helicopter crash in Afghanistan
It’s the single largest loss of life for coalition forces since June.
The US executes more people every year than Yemen, Sudan and Afghanistan.
21 countries executed people last year. These 10 nations killed the most.
Chuck Hagel heads to Afghanistan for unannounced visit
Hagel doesn't meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during trip intended to bolster the spirits of US troops.
Just how corrupt is Afghanistan?
Reporter’s notebook: A peek behind the curtain at one of the world’s shadiest nations.
US suspends military ground cargo shipments out of Afghanistan via Pakistan
The Pentagon said it had halted the shipments due to anti-drone protesters harassing its truck drivers in Pakistan.
US again driven to distraction by Karzai
The Afghan leader was once feted as a silk robed savior but is now mocked as an erratic Machiavelli.
Turns out almost 70 percent of the world's nations are seriously corrupt
Transparency International's new Corruption Perceptions Index is out, and it doesn't look good. Here are the winners and losers.
US-led coalition apologizes for Afghanistan strike that killed child
ISAF apologizes for deadly Helmand airstrike that targeted a Taliban commander, but killed a two-year-old child.
President Karzai denounces 'deadly US air strike'
"It shows that US forces have no respect for the decisions of the Loya Jirga and life of civilians in Afghanistan," said Aimal Faizi, Karzai's spokesman.
Taliban kill six literacy workers in Afghanistan: Officials
The Afghan Taliban is stepping up attacks on state workers ahead of presidential elections due in April 2014
Pakistan activists block NATO supply route
Pakistani activists have blocked the main supply route to Afghanistan to protest against US drone strikes.
Karzai proposes new terms for US-Afghanistan security deal
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has proposed new terms for the US-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement, the White House said Monday.
Afghanistan’s government considers making public stoning to death the official punishment for adultery
The Afghan government is considering reinstating public stoning to death as a punishment for adultery as it crafts a new penal code for the country.
Karzai wants to defer signing Afghan-US security deal
After days spent negotiating to finalize a security agreement for US troops in Afghanistan, President Karzai said he would defer signing until April.
US, Afghanistan agree on security agreement after 2014, Kerry says
Post-2014 US-Afghanistan security deal goes before 2,500-member Loya Jirga council this week.
Afghanistan: The war is over! Long live the war!
Details of a key security agreement make clear that the United States may not be exiting Afghanistan any time soon. That is, if the Afghans ever sign it.
Afghan delegation lands in Pakistan to spark Taliban peace talks
Delegation from Afghanistan to meet with former Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in hopes of reviving peace talks in Pakistan.
Will US troops stay in Afghanistan or go? Thousands of elders gather to decide
The meeting comes at a critical juncture for Afghanistan ahead of a presidential election next year and growing anxiety about security as foreign troops prepare to leave.
'Up to 12,000' Afghan Taliban eliminated in 2013: UN report
The UN report said the Taliban had not made major gains or won significant popular support, and had suffered substantial losses.
Kabul suicide blast kills 6 ahead of security talks
A suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle in Kabul, killing at least six people Saturday ahead of security talks between Afghan elders and the United States.
‘Tony Abbott’s got my baby’
Analysis: The new prime minister’s honeymoon is marred by an asylum scandal — and a host of other questionable moves.
Afghanistan: The rise of a narco state
Analysis: It’s a banner year for Afghan opium production. Here’s the good news and the bad news.
Afghan opium cultivation hits record high in 2013
The area under cultivation rose by 36 percent in 2013, the UN drugs agency says, while production of opium jumped almost 50 percent year on year.
Should the US send more aid to Afghanistan?
With many billions spent, Afghanistan’s progress is ‘fragile and limited,’ experts say. Will more money help? It’s complicated.
Afghan peace team to visit Taliban commander
Afghan negotiators seeking peace with the Taliban will soon travel to Pakistan for their first meeting with key militant commander Mullah Baradar.
Girls' schools in Afghanistan wonder 'what tomorrow brings'
Filmmaker Beth Murphy returns to Kabul Province, where schools grapple with the impending drawdown of US troops.
80 Afghan police killed every week in 'fighting season'
The figures, which are in addition to Afghan soldiers killed, reflect a sharp rise in casualties as US-led NATO forces are step back from the frontline.
'Xinjiang suspects' sought in Tiananmen Square car crash: State media
Beijing suspects Monday's deadly Tiananmen Square car crash may have been a suicide attack, unidentified sources told Reuters.
Roadside bomb kills 18 on way to Afghan wedding
A roadside bomb in east Afghanistan on Sunday killed 18 people on their way to a wedding in a minibus.