Afghanistan’s president has said he will not immediately sign a security deal with the United States, ignoring a recommendation by an assembly of Afghan elders and leaders that he do so by the end of the year.
A suicide bomber tore through the Afghan capital, killing at least six people near the site where thousands of elders are to gather next week to discuss a controversial security agreement with the United States, officials said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has extended talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the contentious security deal to allow American troops to remain in the country after the Nato-led military mission ends next year.
A gunman has killed the head of the election commission in a northern Afghan province, local officials said.
Afghan officials have accused Nato of killing civilians in an airstrike that left at least 10 people dead in the country’s remote east.
Militants in Afghanistan have killed an Indian woman whose memoir about marrying an Afghan man and life under the Taliban was made into a Bollywood film, officials said.