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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