Bombs, clashes with Karzai mar Hagel's Afghan trip
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday for his first visit since taking the post, but his trip was marred by insurgent suicide bombings and last-minute delays in a long-awaited deal to transfer a US detention center to Afghan control.


Nineteen Afghans were killed - including eight children - in two separate suicide attacks in Kabul and in the eastern Khost province Saturday. A US contractor was killed and four soldiers injured when attackers thought to be Afghan soldiers stormed their base and opened fire Friday, just hours before Hagel arrived. (AP)