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Afghan Minister Kidnapped In Kabul

An Afghan deputy minister has been abducted in Kabul. More

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah rejects rumors he's brokering a behind-the-scenes deal with rival candidates to avoid a second round.

Abdullah Pledges 'Meritocracy' If Elected

In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL, Afghan presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah says he will not exclude anyone, including his rivals, from government if he is elected. More

The Independent Election Commission says initial results based on 10 percent of the vote from 26 out of 34 provinces show Abdullah Abdullah (left) in the lead with 41.9 percent. Ashraf Ghani (right) trails with 37.6 percent.

Abdullah Leads In Partial Afghan Count

First partial results from Afghanistan's presidential election show former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading his closest rival, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani. More

Afghan Election Officials Warn Of Fraud

The head of Afghanistan’s Electoral Complaints Commission says last week's presidential vote may have been plagued by a significant amount of fraud. More

Kandahar Bombing Kills 14

A spokesman for Kandahar's provincial government said foreign troops had blocked the main highway after a separate suicide car-bomb attack there earlier, prompting a vehicle to use a dirt road, where a homemade explosive device was planted. More

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Turnout High, Ballot Papers Low In Afghan Election

Voters turned out in Afghanistan's April 5 elections is greater numbers than expected -- and there were not nearly enough ballot papers to meet demand. More

Afghanistan Blocks Election Day Texting

When many Afghans woke up on the morning of their landmark presidential election on April 5, they discovered they could no longer send or receive SMS text messages. More
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Interview: Afghanistan's Abdullah Vows To Make 'Meritocratic Appointments'

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he will not exclude anyone, including his fiercest rivals, from government if he wins Afghanistan's presidential election. He spoke to RFE/RL about contesting the possible second round and his plans should he win.

Afghan Candidates Jockey For Position Ahead Of Expected Second Round

Abdullah Abdullah has made the first move as the jockeying among Afghanistan's three leading presidential contenders gets under way.

Afghan Candidates Say They'll Offer Karzai An Advisory Role

In Afghanistan, all three presidential front-runners say they will offer outgoing President Hamid Karzai an advisory role after he steps down. Analysts say that no matter who is finally declared the winner, he will undoubtedly need Karzai's skill set, honed over the past 12 years, in navigating the country's volatile regional and tribal politics, not to mention the often bumpy relations with Washington and NATO.

Afghan Candidates Jump The Gun On Election Results

The results of the Afghan presidential election are not expected for weeks, but already there are mounting allegations of fraud and an escalating war of words between the front-runners, who have collected and published their own partial results.

News Analysis: What Lessons Have Been Learned From Afghanistan's Elections?

Afghans voted in presidential and provincial elections on April 5 that ended with a high turnout, no major Taliban attacks, and nothing but praise for the resilience of the country's security forces. RFE/RL looks at three lessons learned from the landmark election, the first independent vote organized by Afghanistan without direct foreign assistance.

Stakes High As Afghans Prepare To Cast Presidential Ballots

Afghanistan’s presidential election on April 5 will usher in a new era after 12 years of rule by President Hamid Karzai and as foreign combat troops withdraw, leaving the country to fend off the Taliban.

Photogallery Millions Of Afghan Women Register To Vote, Hoping To Have An Impact

Thousands of prospective Afghan voters rushed to registration offices across the country to get their applications in before a Tuesday deadline expired. A significant number of those seeking new voter cards this year have been women.

Restoring Its Legacy, Moscow Invests In Future In Afghanistan

A quarter of a century after Soviet soldiers withdrew in defeat, Moscow is returning to Afghanistan -- not with troops but with tens of millions of dollars in investment projects. Moscow is looking to reestablish its economic and cultural footprint in a country the Soviet Union once considered part of its strategic backyard.

Tea, Soup, Sweets -- And A Little Bakshish -- Crucial To Afghan Campaigning

With just days to go before voters in Afghanistan head to the polls to elect a new president, campaign workers for the eight candidates remaining in the race are working around the clock to secure crucial votes. The top contenders in the race to replace outgoing President Hamid Karzai are widely believed to be former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani, and former Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasul. RFE/RL correspondent Frud Bezhan went on the campaign trail in the Afghan capital, Kabul, with Mohammad Ahmadi, a Rasul campaign worker, to find out what it takes to get out the vote.

Afghans Criticize Government’s Handling Of International Norouz Event

The Afghan government has angered many Afghans by ditching a plan to hold an international Norouz festival in a multimillion-dollar castle specifically built for the event.
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