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.
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.
A six year-old girl in a Kabul refugee camp who was going to be sold in marriage to pay off a debt to cover the cost of her mother's hospital care. But "an anonymous donor working through an American lawyer had paid the debt."
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.