Indian photographer Aaquib Khan traveled to Kabul last year and found a country that defied his stereotype of a downtrodden and dangerous nation without hope. His photos from that trip help show the varied daily lives of Afghans — and the huge problems they still face.
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.
The Afghan government says the leader of the Taliban is dead. One-eyed Mullah Mohammed Omar led the Taliban for more than 20 years through victory and defeat. Renowned Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar shares his reflections on Mullah Omar and life under the Taliban.