In ‘mini Kabul’, Afghan refugees mark 40 years in Pakistan | AFP

Afghan boys sell fresh fruit on carts, signs are written in Dari or Pashto, and restaurants in the bustling bazaar sell Afghan dishes such as Kabuli pulao. But this “mini Kabul” is in Pakistan, which this week marks 40 years of hosting Afghan refugees

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Robot waitress serves up smiles in war-torn Afghanistan | AFP

Afghanistan’s first-ever robot waitress is serving curious diners in central Kabul. Restaurant manager Mohammad Rafi Shirzad says the humanoid robot, imported from Japan and designed to look vaguely like a women wearing a hijab, has already pulled in new customers since it started working last month.

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At least five dead in suicide attack on Afghan military academy | AFP

A suicide attack targeting a military academy in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least five people early Tuesday, in the first major assault in the city in months.

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Winter scrum: Afghans enjoy rugby in the snow | AFP

Afghans participate in the first-ever snow rugby tournament held by the Afghanistan Rugby Federation in Kabul.

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Meth boom adds to Afghanistan’s opium and heroin woes | AFP

At a sprawling rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of Kabul, dozens of dazed-looking drug addicts clamber out of police buses and shuffle toward the facility. The men, arrested on the streets of the Afghan capital, have been sent to a compulsory detox programme established to tackle an explosion in the use and production of highly addictive methamphetamine.

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Driving brings joy and fear for Afghan women | AFP

Parisa Haidary guides her minivan through Kabul’s congested traffic, attracting astonished stares, smiles and expression of shock from other Afghans in an ultra-conservative society.

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Driving brings joy and fear for Afghan women | AFP

Parisa Haidary guides her minivan through Kabul’s congested traffic, attracting astonished stares, smiles and expression of shock from other Afghans in an ultra-conservative society.

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Fraud the main enemy for Afghan election officials | AFP

In a dusty Kabul suburb, hundreds of workers check and recheck biometric fingerprint readers — part of a massive effort to ensure Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential election is not tainted by fraud allegations that have marred previous polls.

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The breakdancers of Kabul | AFP

In a land scarred by suicide bombings and unending war, a group of Afghans have turned to breakdancing for stress relief and self expression — even as fears of a Taliban return to power spark concerns of a crackdown on the arts.

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Taliban claim attacks at president’s rally, Kabul

The Taliban have claimed a deadly attack in northern Afghanistan that targeted President Ashraf Ghani’s campaign rally, killing 24 people, and another attack, a Kabul explosion near the U.S. Embassy. (Sept. 17)

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Kabul blast toll rises as US tries to finalise Taliban deal | AFP

A massive blast in a residential area of Kabul kills at least 16 people, following yet another Taliban attack that came as the insurgents and Washington try to finalise a withdrawal deal.

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Funeral held for victims of Kabul wedding bombing

Relatives of those killed in the suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding on Saturday night began to bury the dead on Sunday. The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for blast that killed at least 63 people. (August 18)

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Suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul kills more than 60 people | AFP

Joy and celebration turned into horror and carnage late on Saturday when a suicide bomber targeted a packed Afghan wedding hall, killing at least 63 people in the deadliest attack to rock Kabul in months. IMAGES of blast site.

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Afghan palace emerges from ruins as centenary nears | AFP

Reduced to ruins by decades of war, the Darulaman palace in Kabul is being fully renovated. Work at the famed palace must be completed by August 19, the date marking 100 years of Afghan independence from Britain, when President Ashraf Ghani will inaugurate the newly renovated structure.

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Afghan ambassador: Attacks endanger peace talks

Unrelenting Taliban attacks like the deadly car bomb that rocked Kabul on Wednesday are undermining the credibility of negotiations to end the nearly 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, the country’s ambassador to the U.S. said. (Aug. 7)

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Man’s best friend: The dogs who sniff out explosives in Kabul | AFP

The dogs at Kabul’s Mine Detection Centre are in training for a life-or-death mission: finding explosives in a country where hidden mines, bombs and weapons routinely kill. AND SOUNDBITES

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Afghan warrior Massoud’s image becomes national icon | AFP

In Kabul, it is hard to miss the late Ahmad Shah Massoud. His bearded visage is painted onto blast walls across the city, his photo adorns the windscreens of pro-government forces. And a central roundabout bears his name. More than 17 years since his assassination, the legendary fighter who battled the Soviets and the Taliban has become something of an Afghan icon.

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At least 50 children wounded in Taliban attack on Kabul | AFP

At least 50 children were among nearly 100 people wounded when the Taliban detonated a powerful car bomb in an area of Kabul housing military and government buildings, officials say. AND SOUNDBITES

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