Afghanistan is one of the world's poorest countries, wrecked by decades of conflict which led to the rise of the Islamist fundamentalist movement, the Taliban.
Despite the fall of the Taliban after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the security situation remains tense as extremists continue to stage regular attacks.
A trial has begun in Hungary in which four men are charged with murdering seventy one refugees found dead in a truck in Austria nearly two years ago. The victims were men, women and children from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, being smuggled into Europe by people they had paid. As Kerry Skyring reports from Vienna neither the tragedy nor the trial has stopped the trafficking of migrants into Europe.
The first Afganistan - India air corridor has been inaugurated in a ceremony at Kabul International Airport. The Afghan government says the route is aimed at helping Afghanistan become an exporting nation. The route also bypasses Pakistan at a time where relations between Kabul and Islamabad remain strained over security issues.