Afghanistan

UN threatens to cut Afghanistan aid if election staff harassed

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KABUL - The United Nations threatened on Saturday to cut aid to Afghanistan if its staff are harassed, responding to tensions surrounding its participation in a drawn-out and bitter investigation into fraud in the still-unresolved presidential election.

Former U.S. Afghanistan commander to lead effort against Islamic State 12 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has chosen retired Marine Corps General John Allen, who served as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to coordinate international efforts to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a U.S. official said on Friday.

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Afghan regional leader threatens protests over disputed election 11 Sep 2014

MAZAR-I-SHARIF Afghanistan - A powerful backer of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said on Thursday his supporters would launch street protests and occupy government buildings if they were unhappy with the outcome of a disputed election.

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Afghan election front-runner rejects equal share of power with rival 10 Sep 2014

KABUL - The front-runner in Afghanistan's bitterly disputed presidential election on Wednesday called for the release of results of a fraud investigation and said that any political deal to end the crisis should not result in a "two-headed government."

Afghan official says NATO air strike killed up to 14 civilians 10 Sep 2014

ASADABAD Afghanistan - A NATO air strike in eastern Afghanistan killed 14 people, including civilians, and wounded at least 13 others, an Afghan official said on Wednesday, just months before most foreign forces pull out of the country.

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Afghan leader pushes election rivals to end deepening crisis 09 Sep 2014

KABUL - Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday pressured rival candidates to succeed him to end delays to a promised power-sharing deal after a disputed election and prevent a crisis from escalating further.

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Afghanistan's Abdullah urges calm on Massoud anniversary amid election deadlock 08 Sep 2014

KABUL - Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah urged his supporters to avoid violence on Tuesday's anniversary of the assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud, as a bitter feud with his rival over a disputed election showed no sign of resolution.

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Afghan court sentences seven men to death for gang rape in case that shook capital 07 Sep 2014

KABUL - Afghanistan handed the death penalty to seven men on Sunday for raping and robbing a group of women returning from a wedding in a rare case of sexual assault that has shaken the capital and raised concerns over public security at a time of transition.

Iran official says crew of plane carrying Americans gave false information 06 Sep 2014

DUBAI - An Iranian official said on Saturday that an airliner carrying Americans from Afghanistan to Dubai had been forced to land in Iran because the crew had supplied "false information".

Plane carrying Americans reaches Dubai after being diverted to Iran 06 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - A chartered aircraft carrying about 100 Americans from the U.S. airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan, has landed safely in Dubai after being diverted to Iran because of issues with its flight plan, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.