Six Afghans working for a French NGO have been killed in Afghanistan. Local officials blame the Taliban for the murders.
Some analysts suggest that the cooperation which existed between Washington and Teheran briefly after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, should be revived.
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Three suicide bombers have killed at least nine civilians, seven of them children, in a failed attack on the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.
At least 87 people have been killed during campaigning for Pakistan’s general election to be held on 11 May, with the bombing of an Islamic party meeting on Monday killing 18.
Pakistan’s 2013 election campaign began with both tragedy and farce.
French police are questioning three men deported from Pakistan, accused of going there to train to fight in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan's Taliban has called for a new constitution as a condition to it co-operating with the country’s peace process, at a meeting in France.
The Taliban are to attend a conference near Paris along with supporters of President Hamid Karzai and peaceful opposition parties this week.
Amnesty International says it has documented countless human rights violations in Pakistan’s tribal areas (Fatas) - both by security forces and armed groups such as the Taliban.