March 8th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

Taliban claims responsibility for deadly attack

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly attack in Punjab province.

At least 24 people - mostly civilians - were killed and 105 others were wounded when a bomb went off at a compressed natural gas station Tuesday, officials said.
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November 29th, 2010
10:11 AM ET

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 8 in Afghanistan

At least eight people were killed Saturday when two suicide bombers attacked the police headquarters in southeastern Afghanistan's Paktika province, a police official said.

The first attacker detonated his explosives around 11:30 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) and the second attacker struck half an hour later, said Gen. Daud Andrabi, director of the Police Coordination Center in southeastern Afghanistan.

There were other reports of more casualties, Andrabi said, and it was also not clear how many of the victims were police officers and how many were civilians.

In the east, a NATO-led service member was killed in a bombing on Saturday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said. ISAF didn't specify the precise location or identify the person's nationality.

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Karzai breaks down in tears at event
September 28th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Karzai breaks down in tears at event

It was supposed to be a day celebrating Afghan achievements in education. Instead, Afghanistan's embattled president broke down crying at an official gathering commemorating International Literacy Day.

In his emotional speech, Hamid Karzai lamented the estimated 10 million Afghans who are illiterate and repeated an appeal to Taliban militants to lay down their arms and expressed fear that his son might one day be forced to flee his country.

"I have pain in my heart," Karzai said, his voice breaking and his eyes red with tears.

"I'm afraid that my son, my own son will become a refugee one day. Please, I don't want my son and your son to be a foreign citizen. I want him to grow up here ...I want him to serve his nation," Karzai said, addressing an auditorium full of teachers, government ministers, foreign ambassadors and Girl Scouts gathered to celebrate the event.

After wiping his face with a handkerchief, Karzai urged Afghans to do more to educate their children. Several bearded men in the audience brushed away tears as the Afghan leader concluded his speech. FULL POST

September 28th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Women, warlords on peace council for Taliban talks

Former warlords, village elders and women are among the members of an Afghan peace council designed to spearhead "serious, substantive dialogue" efforts with the Taliban opposition.

The Afghan government Tuesday announced the members of the High Peace Council that will spearhead reconciliation efforts. FULL POST