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.
A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent can be named as Sergeant Alexander Blackman following a High Court ruling.
A commando in the Royal Marines has been convicted of the killing of a seriously injured Afghan fighter, described as "an execution".
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has recommended delaying a security pact with the US until after the elections in 2014, a spokesman has said.
He made the comments in his closing speech to the council of tribal elders which has played a pivotal role in negotiations over the pact.
Katherine Jenkins has performed two special concerts for British troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
Jenkins even took time out to sing Happy Birthday to Craftsman Bryan Larkin, who turned 22 while on tour. The serviceman said the impromptu performance was "the last thing I expected".
Jenkins, who is patron of the British Forces Foundation, said, "It is an immense honour to be able to perform for the men and women of our Armed Forces and I will continue to do so for as long as they want me".
A suicide car bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least one soldier securing a site where thousands of elders are to gather next week to discuss a controversial security agreement with the US, officials said.
Authorities said they expected casualties to rise from the powerful blast, which mangled a dozen cars and destroyed shops nearby.
The explosion came just hours after President Hamid Karzai announced that US and Afghan negotiators had finished a draft to be presented to the Loya Jirga, who Kabul says must approve the document before Afghanistan signs it.
What was said to be one of the main aims of Britain's military mission in Afghanistan - the battle against opium production - has failed.
The United Nations says poppy growing has reached record levels, as British troops hand over to Afghan forces.
It's feared Afghanistan's poppy fields could provide 90 percent of the global supply of heroin this year.
Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports on the reasons behind the boom in production and why it's so difficult to stop.
A former counter-narcotics adviser has told ITV News that if Afghanistan's opium trade was a legitimate company it would be the biggest in the world.
Abbie Aryan, a British Afghan who worked in Kabul on tackling the problem, says it is worth $65bn (£40bn), more than Walmart or Microsoft.
And he said the amount of money it generates in such a poor country was why it was so difficult to stop.
Today the UN warned that opium production is at a record high in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan's record opium crop this year is "disappointing" and it "will be a generational struggle" to reduce production, a foreign office spokesperson said.
– Foreign Office spokesperson
The results of this year’s Afghan Opium Survey are disappointing and a stark reminder of the challenges facing Afghanistan in tackling the drugs trade.
Lessons learned from other drug producing countries show that this will be a generational struggle against a complex global problem which needs a comprehensive approach.
Lasting impact will only be possible with a strong Afghan lead supported by effective regional and international action.
The UK’s focus is on helping the Afghan Government develop its capacity to tackle the drugs trade, particularly in law enforcement.
Afghanistan is the world's top cultivator of poppies - from which opium and heroin are produced - with a record high in production this year.
- The country accounted for 75% of the global supply in poppies last year.
- The United Nations has warned that this year it might account for 90% of global supply.
- Poppies are being grown in 209,000 hectares or 516,000 acres of fields in Afghanistan this year.
- That is a 36% increase in production from 2012.
- It also eclipses the previous record set in 2007 when 193,000 hectares or 477,000 acres were cultivated.
- Total output is estimated at 5,500 tonnes of opium which is up 49% from 3,700 tonnes in 2012.
- Profits are now expected to approach $1 billion - which equates to 4% of gross domestic product.
A record opium crop was planted by Afghan farmers this year with poppies growing in over 200,000 hectares of land amid concerns that profits will go to warlords wrestling for power.
The record opium cultivation, which is up 36% from last year, comes as international forces prepare to the leave the country and ahead of presidential elections in 2014.
It is the first time over 200,000 hectares of fields were growing poppies in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations.
Jean-Luc Lemahieu, the UN's head of Drugs and Crime in Afghanistan, warned that production was likely to rise again next year with the country facing elections and the withdrawal of foreign troops.
The rise was particularly high in the Helmand Province, where British troops were tasked with cutting opium production.
The Labour leader Ed Miliband has said he does not believe the conviction of a Royal Marine for the murder of an Afghan insurgent has diminished the reputation of the armed forces.
He said: "When any incident like that happens, it is tragic and it must be dealt with.
"But what is really important is to know and to realise what our armed forces are and who our armed forces are and they are brave, decent, honourable people who do the right thing for our country."
"I think that's what the British people know....it doesn't change the esteem in which our armed forces are held.
The Afghan Ministry of Defence has welcomed the murder conviction of a Royal Marines Commando who executed a seriously injured Afghan insurgent, saying it "brings faith to the people".
A statement from the Afghan MOD read: "We are welcoming the decision of British government. It bring the faith to the people and shows the implementation of law on ever one."
The experienced sergeant, referred to as Marine A, was convicted of the murder yesterday and will be sentenced on 6 December.
The Deputy Commandant General of the Royal Marines condemned the killing as "a truly shocking and appalling aberration".