When Afghanistan holds elections on April 5, young voters could make all the difference. So this year, instead of an arts festival, the government created a music competition around the elections. The requirement? You had to write songs with lyrics about voting. And what came back was often rap.
Despite the billions spent on eradicating opium poppies in Afghanistan, drug production has never been higher there. And while the country has a fast-growing population of addicts, the cash-starved government has few treatment options available.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has acknowledged that his office has received cash from Iran, but insists it was part of a transparent process. Lisa Mullins gets the latest from the BBC's Quentin Summerville and a reality check from Pamela Constable.
U.S. officials are trying to come to terms with the rise in so-called green-on-blue, Afghan on NATO, attacks lately. Some experts suspect a rise in PTSD among Afghan soldiers may be a cause of the violence.
Afghans are facing violent Taliban moves to disrupt their presidential elections and a potential future without foreign troops. But after such a difficult past, many Afghans are excited about the future, as researcher Faiysal AliKhan found during a month-long trip there.
Seeing The News: The annual Tough Guy charity event includes a cross country run and an assault course consisting of water, fire and tunnel obstacles. Also, everyday life for and artists community in Kabul. Plus, we planning a trip to Europa.