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.
The long-drawn Afghanistan election ended Monday with Hamid Karzai declared the winner. Some experts lay out options that could reduce the president's powers.
Western leaders sent messages of support to Hamid Karzai after his opponent dropped out of the election in Afghanistan. But the US is also exploring alternatives, including a closer association with local leaders.