Afghanistan

Afghanistan expected to send defence minister to NATO summit

BRUSSELS - Afghanistan is expected to send its defence minister to a NATO summit in Wales this week, NATO officials said on Monday, after a political crisis dashed hopes that a newly-elected president could make his debut on the international stage there.

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Afghan talks on unity government collapse; crisis deepens 01 Sep 2014

KABUL - Talks on a power-sharing deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest over disputed election results.

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Taliban suicide bombers hit Afghan intelligence agency 30 Aug 2014

JALALABAD Afghanistan - Taliban suicide bombs hit an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in an eastern city on Saturday, killing six people, and insurgents shot dead another 11 in the west, in an upsurge of violence as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country. | Video

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U.N. says 'not possible' to finish Afghan vote audit by Sept. 2 28 Aug 2014

KABUL - Afghanistan's U.N. representative told President Hamid Karzai on Thursday that the audit of a disputed election would not be finished by Sept. 2, when Karzai had hoped to see a new leader inaugurated.

U.S. moves prisoners from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Yemen 27 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States has moved 11 new prisoners out of a military prison near the Afghan capital, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, as the Obama administration seeks to shut down a controversial detainee program in Afghanistan ahead of its troop withdrawal.

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Afghan election audit disrupted as candidates declare walk-out 27 Aug 2014

KABUL - Afghanistan's disputed presidential election veered further off course on Wednesday after both candidates withdrew their observers from a U.N.-supervised audit of votes that was meant to resolve the crisis.

Afghan forces battle for control of symbolic Kunduz province 27 Aug 2014

KABUL - Afghan security forces are battling the Taliban for control of the northern province of Kunduz, where insurgents are threatening to overrun the capital and terrorising residents who have fled to nearby districts.

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Afghan president will not attend NATO summit next week - spokesman 26 Aug 2014

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai will not attend a key NATO summit next week because of his disagreements with Washington over Afghan security needs after most foreign troops leave his country at the end of 2014, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

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Afghan candidate threatens to pull out of election process 26 Aug 2014

KABUL - One of two candidates competing to succeed Afghan leader Hamid Karzai threatened on Tuesday to pull out of a U.N.-backed audit of a disputed presidential election.

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Afghan presidential inauguration delayed with candidates deep in conflict 25 Aug 2014

KABUL - Afghanistan's next president was due to take over on Monday but an inauguration deadline has been pushed to September as rival candidates fail to agree on who won an election meant to mark the country's first democratic transfer of power.