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  • 89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The blast destroyed numerous mud-brick...

  • Vote deal will work, Afghan candidate tells AP

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Declaring his nation "is not Iraq," one of two contestants in Afghanistan's deadlocked presidential election told The Associated Press on Monday that both he and his rival are committed to lead their war-ravaged nation inclusively in cooperation with international...

  • VIDEO: Bowe Bergdahl returns to active service

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl reportedly returns to active service Monday.

  • Afghans express relief at election deal

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Amid relief that a dangerous rift in the country's troubled democracy has been averted, Afghan officials praised a deal between presidential contenders brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and said Sunday they hope to finish a full ballot audit within weeks....

  • Afghan rivals clinch deal, easing political crisis

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement Saturday to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national unity government. The deal, brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, offers a path out...

  • US struggles to resolve Afghan election crisis

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States struggled Friday to find a path out of a presidential election crisis in Afghanistan that has jeopardized chances for a democratic transfer of power, a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy to leave behind a stable state after the...

  • Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. and its allies are growing increasingly concerned as Afghanistan shows signs of unraveling in its first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai. With Iraq wracked by insurgency, Afghanistan's dispute over election results poses a new...

  • Afghan aid is dropping, but how fast is too fast?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America's military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off-guard when Congress, upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, slashed civilian aid by 50 percent this year. War-weary...

  • UN: Afghan civilian death toll up so far this year

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of Afghan civilians, including children, killed in violence rose by nearly 17 percent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2013 as the fight is increasingly taking place closer to homes in populated areas, the U.N. said...

  • The U.S. has spent $626 million on embassy expansion it may not need in this country

    "Construction requirements have changed, costs have increased, and schedules have been extended" over the past four years for the expansion at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, GAO says.

  • Obama intervenes in Afghan presidential election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has taken the unusual step of intervening in a foreign election, asking both candidates in Afghanistan's disputed presidential race to allow the process for investigating fraud claims to go forward and threatening a cutoff in U.S. aid if...

  • Afghan candidate rejects election results

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah defiantly told thousands of supporters Tuesday that he will declare victory in the country's election, claiming massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results that put his rival in the lead. The United States...

  • Kerry: Afghan power grab would mean US aid cutoff

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says any action to seize power illegally in Afghanistan would lead to the end of U.S. financial and security support. Kerry says suggestions of a "parallel government" in Afghanistan are a grave concern. Afghan official released preliminary...

  • Afghan officials: Ahmadzai leads in disputed vote

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials released preliminary election results Monday showing former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai well in the lead for the presidency but said no winner can be declared because millions of ballots were being audited for fraud. The announcement came...

  • Afghan candidates spar over release of results

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election crisis deepened Sunday as the two presidential candidates sparred over the release of preliminary results and calls mounted for a broader investigation of suspect ballots amid allegations of massive fraud. The impasse has threatened to...



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