President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that Afghanistan and the United States are engaged in peace talks with the Taliban, even as insurgents stormed a police station near the presidential palace, killing nine people.
A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew himself up during a meeting at a provincial governor's compound Saturday in northern Afghanistan, killing two NATO troops and four Afghans, officials said.
A roadside bomb killed 10 workers in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, and NATO again promised that the coalition would not abandon the country even if some members plan to withdraw their forces.
The Taliban denied a report in the Afghan press that the insurgent group's leader had been killed in neighboring Pakistan, saying Monday that Mullah Mohammad Omar is alive in Afghanistan.
Momentum grew for French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde's potential candidacy to the top job at the IMF, with the Netherlands becoming the latest European government to offer its support.
Taliban fighters wearing suicide bomb vests hidden under police uniforms attacked a government building Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, triggering an hourslong gunbattle and killing six people, officials said.
The Taliban cast suspicion Tuesday on the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death, saying they would not believe the al Qaeda leader was dead until they see proof or receive confirmation from sources close to him.
An alleged Taliban sleeper agent opened fire Monday inside the Defense Ministry, killing at least two soldiers before he was gunned down in the third deadly breach of security in Afghanistan in less than a week.
About 300 Taliban fighters on Tuesday overran the tiny capital of a remote mountainous district in northeast Afghanistan, forcing police to retreat from their small outpost in the area, an official said.