World Bulletin/News Desk
A string of roadside bombs and clashes in southern Afghanistan killed at least 24 Afghan civilians and police on Sunday, officials said, in one of the deadliest days of violence in the country for weeks.
Two NATO soldiers were also killed by a roadside bomb and in separate attacks over the past two days in the south, the coalition said, without providing further details.
Three bombs hit three vehicles in Kandahar province, killing 18 people including children.
"Villagers were travelling in a mini-van and a tractor when they were hit by twin roadside bombs planted by the Taliban," provincial governor spokesman Ahmad Faisal said of the attack in Spin Boldak near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan.
A third bomb then killed a family of four in Arghistan district, also straddling the Pakistani border, local officials said.
Two policemen were killed by a bomb in southern Helmand province which borders Kandahar to its west, where clashes with fighters killed another four officers, its media office said.
Civilians bear the brunt of the violence. Despite the UN reporting a 20 percent decrease in civilian deaths in the first four months of this year compared to the same period in 2011, last year saw the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan rise for a fifth straight year to over 3,000.
New Dehli announced an indefinite travel ban for Indians going to Libya
Jens Stoltenberg says Mansoor hindered Afghan peace, reconciliation, but stops short of approving US airstrike on Taliban leader
'From Tehran, New Delhi and Kabul, this is a crucial message ... that the path to progress for regional countries goes through joint cooperation and utilising regional opportunities,' Iranian president says
A report on family sizes among Indian communities shows that the largest decline in family members is within the Muslim community
Three policemen have been killed by suspected rebels in Indian-occupied Kashmir
The amendments include eliminating the term limit for Emomali Rahmon and lowering the age of eligibility to become president from 35 to 30 as well as a ban on forming parties based on religion
Outgoing govt's chief negotiator warns further delay in peace process would work against stability of next administration
According to Pakistani Foreign Office's statement US strike has violated country's sovereignty
Man reported to have been killed in self defense as police tried to round up around 21 escapees from detention center
Children of hill tribes in northern Thailand unable to escape flames as they slept in the school dormitory.
'Mansour was being closely monitored for a while... until he was targeted along with other fighters aboard a vehicle,' Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security says
US Secretary of State says 'Mansour posed... an imminent threat to US personnel, Afghan civilians and Afghan security forces' as well as peace process
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office confirms the strike, adding that they are investigating whether Mansour had in fact been killed
US Defense Department says airstrike in Afghanistan-Pakistan border targeted Taliban leader, still assessing whether he was killed
China appears to be major obstacle standing in way of New Delhi’s entry into elite club
Appeal to President-elect to help address ‘historical injustice’ they say has seen terrorism equated with Moro identity