In only eight months, 2010 has become the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to a CNN count of Pentagon and NATO figures.
At least 321 troops have died so far in 2010, the highest yearly toll since the conflict began nearly nine years ago. The previous high was last year's 313 American deaths. FULL POST
Afghanistan's election commission says violence against candidates and their supporters for September's parliamentary polls is increasing.
Three candidates and 13 candidate supporters have been killed and 15 people from various candidate campaign teams have been injured. FULL POST