Afghanistan was torn in the 1990s by civil war among ethnic-based warlords, but leaders now avoid directly appealing to ethnicity. Still, voting patterns in the Afghan election closely mirror the country's ethnic lines.
While Afghanistan mental health treatment has improved in cities, many rural residents still opt to send the ill to shrines, where they may be chained and poorly fed. Aid workers are trying to expand training for community health workers.
Kabul Mayor Mir Abdul Ahad Sahebi is the first high-profile figure convicted in Afghanistan’s new corruption crackdown. But he has denied the charges against him and that corruption even exists in his city.
THE FIRST COUPLE: Despite criticism earlier this fall for his selection of jeans at a baseball game, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, looking stylish in this Feb. 22 photo while attending a dinner with the nation's governors, are routinely recognized for their good fashion choices. Okay, so mostly Michelle, but Barack looks pretty dapper in his tux!
Working with criminal gangs, Taliban are planting roadside bombs and extorting money in Afghanstan's northern provinces.
Influential US ambassador Karl Eikenberry has reportedly argued that Afghanistan is too politically unstable under Karzai to send more troops. Western and Afghan officials are brainstorming ways to check the president's power.
In Panjshir Province, Governor Bahij says he wants to thwart protest of Afghanistan election. But he wants more autonomy.
The UN said it will withdraw 600 of its 1,100 foreign staffers from Afghanistan as President Hamid Karzai promises economic development after scandal-marred election.
Abdullah Abdullah also said Wednesday that President Karzai's government could not effectively tackle corruption or fight Afghanistan's insurgency.
Afghanistan President Karzai faces challenge of governing provinces that did not support him and where feelings of betrayal may run strong.