Afghanistan

Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

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GARDEZ, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting. | Video

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Bomber targeted police commander in Afghan volleyball game attack 11:34am GMT

KABUL - The suicide bomber, his explosives concealed under his clothes, walked quietly into a packed volleyball venue in eastern Afghanistan. His target: a local police commander. Minutes later, a devastating explosion tore through the place.

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Afghan women excluded from peace talks with Taliban - aid agency 12:05am GMT

KABUL - Afghan women are excluded from efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban and hard-won rights could be bargained away unless more is done to include them in the process, aid agency Oxfam said in a report on Monday.

Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan 23 Nov 2014

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 45 people, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting.

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Obama widens post-2014 combat role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan 23 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON/KABUL - President Barack Obama has approved plans to give U.S. military commanders a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month, a senior administration official said.

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Obama approves fresh guidelines for U.S. military in Afghanistan 22 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has approved plans giving U.S. military commanders broader authority in helping Afghanistan forces repel Taliban fighters after U.S. and NATO combat operations formally end in December, a senior administration official said.

U.S. releases Guantanamo prisoner to Saudi Arabia 22 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - A Saudi inmate held for 12 years at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on suspicion of fighting in Afghanistan for al Qaeda has been transferred to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Defence Department said on Saturday.

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Obama signs order expanding U.S. Afghanistan role - New York Times 22 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a broader military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

U.S. drone strike kills six suspected militants in northwest Pakistan - officials 21 Nov 2014

PESHAWAR Pakistan - A U.S. drone strike killed six suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan, security officials said on Friday, as al Qaeda said two members of the group had been killed in a previous strike.

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Taliban suicide bombers die in attack on international zone in Kabul 20 Nov 2014

KABUL - Four Afghan Taliban suicide bombers died when a group of the militants tried to storm an international zone in Kabul on Wednesday in the latest high-profile assault aimed at foreign targets in Afghanistan.