Polls have closed in Afghanistan’s presidential election amid widespread complaints of irregularities and pockets of violence from Taliban insurgents, mostly in the south and north of the country.
Afghans headed to the polls to vote for a new president on Saturday amid high security after the Taliban vowed to disrupt the elections, warning citizens to stay home or risk being hurt.
A rocket exploded at the US embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.
Afghans braced for a possible new wave of Taliban violence after President Donald Trump abruptly called off talks with the insurgent group, which vows to continue its fight against what it calls “foreign occupation”.
US President Donald Trump said he cancelled a secret weekend meeting at Camp David with Taliban and Afghanistan leaders after a bombing in the past week in Kabul that killed 12 people, including an American soldier, and has called off peace negotiations with the insurgent group.
A Taliban suicide car bombing in Kabul has killed a US service member, a Romanian soldier and at least 10 Afghan civilians in a busy diplomatic area that includes the US embassy.
The Taliban has defended a suicide bombing at an international compound in the Afghan capital which killed at least 16 civilians and wounded 119 others, just hours after a US envoy said he had reached a deal “in principle” with the militant group to end America’s longest war.
A US envoy showed the draft of a US-Taliban agreement to Afghan leaders on Monday after declaring they were “at the threshold” of a deal to end America’s longest war, an official said.
Afghanistan’s president has vowed to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marks a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate.
The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a wedding party in Kabul on Saturday night in which at least 63 people were killed.
The death toll from a late-night suicide bombing at a crowded wedding party in Afghanistan’s capital rose to at least 63 on Sunday, including women and children, officials said.
A witness to a suicide bombing at a wedding party in Afghanistan’s capital said the attacker set off the explosives near the stage where children had gathered.
More civilians were killed by Afghan and international coalition forces in Afghanistan in the first half of this year than by the Taliban and other militants, the UN mission said in a report.
An Afghan official said on Sunday that the government would hold its first-ever direct talks with the Taliban within two weeks, but the insurgents quickly denied any such meeting was planned and reiterated their opposition to negotiating with government representatives in their official capacity.
Animal rights campaigners are appealing for information after a “severely emaciated” lizard was found dying on the streets of Lochee.
A soldier caught dealing high-purity cocaine worth nearly £47,000 has avoided jail after a sheriff said the stress he suffered during combat in Afghanistan may have affected his judgment.
The mum of a Tayport soldier killed in Afghanistan has hailed a charity which gave her garden a surprise makeover.
A Royal Marine serving life after being found guilty of murdering an injured Afghan fighter has been refused bail pending a new challenge against his conviction.