Afghanistan

Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home.

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Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage 16 Apr 2014

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home.

British lawmakers blame complacency for Taliban attack on base 16 Apr 2014

LONDON - British army commanders were partly to blame for the inadequate defences and complacency that allowed the Taliban to attack a base in Afghanistan, killing two U.S. marines, a parliamentary committee said on Wednesday.

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After success on Iran, U.S. Treasury's sanctions team faces new challenges 14 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - This is what the modern American war room looks like: the clocks on the wall show the times in Kabul, Tehran and Bogota. The faces around the conference table are mostly young. There is talk of targets, and of middle-of-the-night calls to Europe.

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Abdullah leads in first official results from Afghan vote 14 Apr 2014

KABUL - Initial election results put Afghan opposition figure Abdullah Abdullah in the lead on Sunday, but with less than 10 percent of votes counted and widespread allegations of fraud, there was no clear indication of who would succeed Hamid Karzai. | Video

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Abdullah leads in first official results from Afghan vote 13 Apr 2014

KABUL - Initial election results put Afghan opposition figure Abdullah Abdullah in the lead on Sunday, but with less than 10 percent of votes counted and widespread allegations of fraud, there was no clear indication of who would succeed Hamid Karzai.

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Complaints of serious fraud in Afghan election exceed total in 2009 13 Apr 2014

KABUL - Afghanistan's Independent Election Complaints Commission said on Sunday more incidents of serious fraud were reported in an April presidential election than in the previous one in 2009, when more than a million suspect votes were thrown out.

Gunmen kidnap 100 Pakistani villagers in northwest, government says 12 Apr 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Gunmen stormed a village gathering in north-western Pakistan on Saturday and kidnapped around 100 men, Pakistani government officials said.

Rivalry between Pakistani Taliban factions erupts in violence 11 Apr 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A struggle for power between Pakistani Taliban commanders divided over whether to talk to the government has erupted in violence with dozens of fighters killed along the Afghan border over recent weeks, Pakistani security officials said.

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Frontrunner in Afghan vote rules out coalition government 09 Apr 2014

KABUL - A frontrunner to succeed Hamid Karzai as Afghanistan's president voiced the possibility of teaming up with a rival on Wednesday but ruled out forming a coalition government in order to avoid a second-round runoff.