Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says 26 soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in the southern province of Kandahar, although other government officials said the death toll was at least 30.
In a major sign of long-term support for Afghanistan, the United States is moving to support the weak Afghan Air Force.
The Iranian parliament is debating an amendment to the country’s drug law -- a step that could end the death penalty for some drug offenses.
As the self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State (IS) crumbles in Iraq and Syria, Afghanistan is bracing for an influx of radical fighters from the Middle East.
Afghan officials say a Taliban suicide car bombing has killed at least 26 people and wounded 41 others in the capital, Kabul.
Afghan officials said the Taliban have seized control of two districts in northern and central Afghanistan, though the Defense Ministry maintained that fighting was still ongoing.
RFE/RL’s Gandhara website has obtained some details of the gruesome murder of a 12-year-old girl killed over maligning her family’s honor by reportedly eloping with a young man last month.
An Afghan bride has been killed and several others wounded after security guards shot at her wedding convoy, allegedly mistaking celebratory gunfire for an armed assault.
Iranian lawmakers are attempting to abolish a longstanding law that denies citizenship to Iranian children born to foreign fathers.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Iran to halt all executions for drug-related offenses while the parliament discusses amendments to reform the country's drug law.
Armed conflict continues to pose a huge risk to everyday citizens of Afghanistan, with 40% of civilian casualties caused by improvised explosive devices.
In a sign of entrenched mistrust between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Afghan lawmakers and officials have opposed Islamabad’s new offensive against the Islamic State (IS) militants.