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Landmine charity workers killed in Afghanistan

CNN: Police in Afghanistan say 6 workers from the HALO Trust charity who are part of a team that removes landmines have been killed, and 3 others have been abducted in an ambush in western Afghanistan

Video released of US soldier being handed over

NBC News: The Taliban have released a video purported to show the transfer of US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from them to US forces

Photo: Screenshot of video provided by the Taliban

Karzai criticizes NATO for failing to bring stability to AfghanistanOutgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticized NATO for failing to bring stability to Afghanistan after more than a decade of being there.NATO has incorrectly focused the fight on Afghan villages rather than Taliban safe havens in Pakistan, Karzai said in an interview with BBC Newsnight.Photo: Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul on May 4, 2013. (Reuters / Mohammad Ismail)

Karzai criticizes NATO for failing to bring stability to Afghanistan

Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticized NATO for failing to bring stability to Afghanistan after more than a decade of being there.

NATO has incorrectly focused the fight on Afghan villages rather than Taliban safe havens in Pakistan, Karzai said in an interview with BBC Newsnight.

Photo: Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul on May 4, 2013. (Reuters / Mohammad Ismail)

Surgeons save Afghan girl born with 2 heads

AFP: Doctors in Afghanistan have successfully carried out life-saving surgery on a girl born with 2 heads.

'Her mother gave birth to twins, two girls. One girl was in good health but the other had an abnormality. She had an extra head attached to her head,' chief surgeon Dr Ahmad Obaid Mojadidi said.

Photo: 3-month-old Asree Gul (L) and her twin sister as they lie on a bed at a hospital in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad (AFP/Getty Images)
US hands over Bagram prison to Afghan authorities
BBC News: The US has handed over to Afghanistan the only prison still under American control, resolving an issue that has strained ties between the countries.
A transfer ceremony took place at the prison, which was renamed the Afghan National Detention Facility at Parwan.
It had been delayed while the two sides finalised a deal over the fate of prisoners considered dangerous.
Photo: Afghan soldiers at a handover ceremony (Getty Images)

US hands over Bagram prison to Afghan authorities

BBC News: The US has handed over to Afghanistan the only prison still under American control, resolving an issue that has strained ties between the countries.

A transfer ceremony took place at the prison, which was renamed the Afghan National Detention Facility at Parwan.

It had been delayed while the two sides finalised a deal over the fate of prisoners considered dangerous.

Photo: Afghan soldiers at a handover ceremony (Getty Images)

President Obama to announce return of 34,000 US troops

CNN: In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama will announce that by this time next year, 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have returned home, according to sources with knowledge of the president’s speech.

The move will reduce the number of U.S. forces in the country by half.

Photo: U.S. and Afghan soldiers rest during a operation on a cold morning near the town of Walli Was in Paktika province, on Nov. 2. (Goran Tomasevic / Reuters)

US rescinds military ban on women serving in combat
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey formally signed a memo today to rescind a 1994 military ban on women serving in combat."It’s clear to all of us that women are contributing in unprecedented ways to the military," Panetta said. "If members of our military can meet the qualifications for the job, then they should have the right to serve regardless of creed or color or gender or sexual orientation."More on Panetta and Dempsey’s remarks from BreakingNews.com.Photo: Sergeant Crystal Groves, a U.S. Marine, stands in formation during a ceremony for the 235th birthday of the Marines on Nov. 10, 2010, at Camp Delaram in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images)

US rescinds military ban on women serving in combat

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey formally signed a memo today to rescind a 1994 military ban on women serving in combat.

"It’s clear to all of us that women are contributing in unprecedented ways to the military," Panetta said. "If members of our military can meet the qualifications for the job, then they should have the right to serve regardless of creed or color or gender or sexual orientation."

More on Panetta and Dempsey’s remarks from BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Sergeant Crystal Groves, a U.S. Marine, stands in formation during a ceremony for the 235th birthday of the Marines on Nov. 10, 2010, at Camp Delaram in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images)

Prince Harry leaves Afghanistan after 20-week tour of duty
Prince Harry has left Afghanistan after a 20-week tour of duty as a co-pilot gunner in Apache attack helicopters, the British Ministry of Defence said tonight.In just-released, candid interviews conducted with several news organizations, Harry addressed an incident last year where he was photographed naked in a Las Vegas hotel room: “I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down.”Watch BBC News' video of Harry’s interview.More details on Harry’s deployment from the Today Show.Photo: Prince Harry is shown an Apache helicopter by a member of his squadron at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Sept. 7, 2013. (John Stillwell / PA)

Prince Harry leaves Afghanistan after 20-week tour of duty

Prince Harry has left Afghanistan after a 20-week tour of duty as a co-pilot gunner in Apache attack helicopters, the British Ministry of Defence said tonight.

In just-released, candid interviews conducted with several news organizations, Harry addressed an incident last year where he was photographed naked in a Las Vegas hotel room: “I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down.”

Watch BBC News' video of Harry’s interview.

More details on Harry’s deployment from the Today Show.

Photo: Prince Harry is shown an Apache helicopter by a member of his squadron at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Sept. 7, 2013. (John Stillwell / PA)

Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan to pilot attack helicopters
Prince Harry has flown into Afghanistan to begin a 4-month tour of duty with the British army, where he will command one of the UK’s Apache attack helicopters, The Guardian reports.Photo: Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the military, prepares his Apache helicopter to go out on a mission during his training in the U.S. earlier this year. (Sgt Russ Nolan Rlc / MoD)

Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan to pilot attack helicopters

Prince Harry has flown into Afghanistan to begin a 4-month tour of duty with the British army, where he will command one of the UK’s Apache attack helicopters, The Guardian reports.

Photo: Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the military, prepares his Apache helicopter to go out on a mission during his training in the U.S. earlier this year. (Sgt Russ Nolan Rlc / MoD)

Allies order restrictions on airstrikes targeting Taliban in civilian homes

The senior allied commander in Afghanistan has ordered new restrictions on airstrikes against Taliban fighters who hide in residential homes, coalition officials told the New York Times on Sunday.

The decision comes in response to a NATO attack in the eastern part of the country last week that Afghan officials say killed 18 civilians.

(Source: The New York Times)