A 10-year-old Afghan girl has claimed the Taliban forced her to wear a suicide bomb vest in an attempt to blow up a police checkpoint.
Mince pies make it as far as Camp Bastion so personnel can still celebrate Christmas.
A soldier who was told he would probably never be a father after he was seriously injured in Afghanistan is now expecting a baby daughter.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond released a tribute to Sapper Adam Moralee, from Newcastle, who is the first soldier to be killed in Afghanistan in 2014.
He said: "It is clear from the tributes paid to Sapper Moralee that he was a determined and respected soldier who was good-humoured, trustworthy and considerate.
"His untimely death is a tragedy and my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family, fiancee and friends at this difficult time."
The British soldier who died yesterday in Afghanistan has been named as Adam Moralee, 23, from Newcastle.
A sapper with 32 Engineer Regiment Group, Moralee was fatally injured "preparing engineer plant equipment for redeployment" in Camp Bastion, the MoD said in a statement.
Sapper Moralee joined the Royal Engineers in 2008, aged 17, and was deployed to Afghanistan in September last year. He was due to be promoted to Lance Corporal later this year.
The family of Sapper Adam Moralee, who died yesterday from non-battle related injuries sustained in Camp Bastion, have released a statement paying tribute to "a loving son, fiancé, and friend" who they say "touched everyone’s hearts that came into contact with him."
– Family of Sapper Adam Moralee
As a son he was full of life and always the joker of the family, who never took anything too seriously.
He loved his job and the friends he made from his time in the Army, and he would never have swapped those experiences for the world.
He treated his fiancée, Emma, like his princess and the love they shared was clear to all of those who were lucky enough to see it.
To be his wife would have made Emma feel like the luckiest girl in the world and they were each others’ one true love and soul mates.
Commenting on the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan, the Commanding Officer of 32 Engineer Regiment Group, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Davies, said:
"The tragic death of this committed and professional sapper has hit the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group hard; the Corps has lost a rising star, and his Squadron has lost a respected comrade and friend.
"At this most difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
The serviceman's next of kin have been informed.
The Ministry of Defence has announced a soldier from 32 Engineer Regiment has died in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
He died earlier today from non-battle related injuries sustained in Camp Bastion. "The incident did not involve any enemy action", the Ministry of Defence said.
His next of kin have been informed.
19 soldiers were killed when the Aghan Taliban attacked an army outpost in eastern Kunar province.
Abdul Ghani Musamem, spokesman for the provincial governor, said seven soldiers were captured by the Taliban in the attack in a remote, mountainous area near the border with Pakistan.
He said Afghan forces had launched an operation to try to free the captured soldiers. The Defence Ministry did not immediately confirm the report of captured soldiers.
In a statement provided to media organisations, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Taliban have suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and US prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said today.
"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email -using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.
"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. He provided no further detail on why that decision had been made.
The Taliban has killed 19 Afghan army soldiers and kidnapped seven in an attack on a base in the country's eastern Kunar province this morning, the spokesman for the provincial governor said.
The spokesman, Abdul Ghani Musamem, said the attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday in Ghaziabad district, a remote, mountainous area of Kunar near the border with Pakistan. Musamem said Afghan forces had launched an operation to try to free the soldiers captured by the Taliban.
The Afghan Defence Ministry confirmed in a statement there was a Taliban attack on army checkpoints in that area but declined to give any immediate figures on casualties.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.
The Afghan military has confirmed the release of 65 Bagram prison detainees that the US had said were a continuing militant threat.
"United States Forces-Afghanistan has learned that 65 dangerous individuals from a group of 88 detainees under dispute have been ordered released from the Afghan National Detention Facility at Parwan," the US military had said yesterday.
"The release of these detainees is a major step backward for the rule of law in Afghanistan," it added.
A British military dog captured by Taliban forces in Afghanistan is believed to have been taken during an SAS mission.
The Taliban said the dog was taken during a battle a month ago in Laghman province, to the east of the capital, Kabul.
The Ministry of Defence has not issued any comment on the reports, but a spokesperson for ISAF (the International Security Assistance Force) confirmed that a military working dog went missing late last year during a mission.