Neighbouring countries propagate such rumours to create confusion among the Afghan people and to sow distrust among Afghans and their foreign partners, observers say.
A Taliban attack on November 14 led to the razing of the main bazaar in Burka District and the destruction of more than two dozen shops, leaving many locals desperate.
Nineteen cases of the disease have been reported in six provinces since the Taliban forced an end to door-to-door polio vaccination campaigns in May.
More militants are renouncing violence and joining the peace process as Afghan forces step up operations against the Taliban and ISIS, officials and local residents say.
The election will occur April 20 as planned, said the country's election commission Tuesday in debunking earlier reports.
A host of former Afghan officials say Iran is deliberately stoking sectarian tensions in Afghanistan to drive up recruitment in its militias fighting in proxy wars across the region.
Although ISIS claimed responsibility, President Ashraf Ghani put part of the blame on the Taliban and on sanctuaries of suicide bombers in neighbouring countries.
The Afghan government is providing incentives for Herat farmers to grow saffron, worth up to $8 per gram, instead of illegal or haram crops such as opium poppies.
The power plant is expected to provide up to 3,600MW -- the equivalent of three nuclear power plants -- when it is completed in a decade.
Almost 2.2 million Afghans have been affected by drought in multiple provinces, which has displaced residents and destroyed crops, livestock and water supplies.
A suicide bomb tore through a banquet hall filled with hundreds of religious scholars gathered to mark the Prophet Mohammad's birthday, killing at least 55 people.
The Taliban are trying to keep security forces away from key poppy fields in Baghlan Province because they fear losing the illicit revenue. The government in response is expanding its efforts.
Former militants say they were disillusioned by promises of an Islamic caliphate and then realised the reality -- that ISIS is killing innocent Afghans at the behest of foreigners.
Farmers will be punished if they continue to grow illegal crops and local officials face dismissal if they fail to restrict poppy cultivation in the province, Nangarhar's governor warned.
Afghans who travelled to Iran for work tell harrowing stories about how their employers hooked them on drugs.
A group of Taliban militants, supported by Iranian intelligence agencies, killed at least 20 border troops and abducted another 20 in Farah Province, according to officials.
Thousands of people abandoned their homes in Hazara-dominated areas in the province the past week, as the Taliban intensified their fighting, killing dozens of innocent civilians.
Taliban leaders in Herat have expelled many of their disenchanted commanders and members who are reluctant to keep fighting.
Hundreds of popular uprising members are accompanying Afghan forces in joint operations against ISIS, which has long terrorised residents of Nangarhar Province.
The government has adopted sweeping anti-corruption reforms, enabling the Attorney General's Office to prosecute and imprison dozens of senior officials.
A Taliban splinter group deemed the summit 'bogus' while Afghans from all sides rejected Russia's alleged aim to foster peace.
We want to introduce the culture of Afghanistan to the world through animation, said Sara Barakzai, 24, the founder of the training course.
Through threats of violence and imprisonment, the Taliban militants pressure local farmers to pay ushr and then use the proceeds to fight the Afghan government, locals say.
As the craft declines, survival is becoming a growing challenge for the glassblowers in Herat, including Ghulam Sakhi, whose family has been making Herati glass for '200 or 300 years'.
A technical and vocational training centre is helping women in Kunduz Province gain the skills and tools necessary to earn a living and become self-sufficient.
Asking foreign humanitarian and aid organisations to help support Afghanistan's drought-affected areas is a money-making ploy for the Taliban.
US Army Maj. Brent Taylor 'died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries', said Afghan National Army Maj. Abdul Rahman Rahmani.
Unable to confront Afghan forces directly, Taliban militants hid in civilians' homes on election day, resulting in the destruction of more than 50 houses and the deaths of residents unable to flee.
Iran is expelling drug addicts over the border into Afghanistan, raising concerns that some agents among could them be serving an Iranian political, economic or intelligence agenda.
Women from Jawzjan Province gathered October 29 in the provincial capital Sheberghan and urged the Taliban to make peace and end the bloodshed in the country.
Afghanistan moved up 16 places in the World Bank's rankings for ease of doing business.