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Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (left) and Ashraf Ghani shake hands after signing a power-sharing agreement at the Presidential Palace in  Kabul on September 21.

Video Afghan Election Body Names Ghani President-Elect

The Afghan Independent Election Commission has officially named former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani as the new president of Afghanistan. More

Two Afghan Students Killed For 'Spying'

Afghan officials say the Taliban has killed two high-school students in the northeastern Konar Province after accusing them of spying for the government. More

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (center) speaks during celebrations to commemorate Afghanistan's 95th anniversary of independence as he is flanked by presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (right) and Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on August 19.

Afghan Candidates To Sign Deal

Rival Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani have signed a "unity government" power-sharing deal in Kabul. More

Six Killed In Afghan Mosque Blast

Afghan police say a bomb blast in northern Afghanistan killed at least six people shortly after they left a mosque in northern Afghanistan following Friday prayers.on September 19. More

Russian Police Arrest Alleged Smugglers Of Afghan Heroin

Russian police say they have seized more than 1,000 kilograms of Afghan-produced heroin and arrested more than 30 suspected drug traffickers in an operation targeting a criminal group with ties in Tajikistan. More

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Video More Warnings South Of The Afghan-Turkmen Border

The situation in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan Province continues to deteriorate, with one official claiming an increasing number of ethnic Turkmen are taking up arms, fighting with and against the Taliban, and that the lack of any government force capable of maintaining order has led to the resurgence of local warlords. More

A Pipeline From A Land Of Water To A Land Of Oil

Iran is looking for more water and some Iranian officials believe the place to get it is from Tajikistan. The problem is how to get the water from Tajikistan's mountains to Iran, several hundred kilometers away. More
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Features & Commentary

Is Rape Case A Turning Point For Afghanistan?

When a brutal multiple-rape case resulted in the prosecution of seven men in Afghanistan this week, it was widely seen as turning point for women's rights. But the fact that the perpetrators were sentenced for adultery and burglary tempers expectations.

Amid Election Uncertainty, Karzai Prepares For Inauguration Ceremony

The impasse in Afghanistan's presidential election is far from over. But that has not stopped outgoing President Hamid Karzai from fixing a date and hastily ordering preparations for the event.

Afghans Laud, Rights Groups Concerned By 'Take No Prisoners' Orders

Afghans have lauded security chiefs for ordering their forces to kill militants on the battlefield instead of taking prisoners. But the "take no prisoners" orders are worrying human rights groups, who say they could violate international law.

'When Are You Going Back?' Afghanistan's Sikhs, Strangers In Their Own Land

The discovery of some three dozen Afghan Sikh migrants in a British-bound shipping container has put the spotlight on Afghanistan's tiny Sikh minority, who often feel alienated in their own country.

Photogallery Fire Sale At Kabul's Famous 'Obama Bazaar'

The "Obama Bazaar" in Kabul, named after U.S. President Barack Obama, thrived for years. But with the withdrawal of foreign combat troops it has fallen on hard times.

Photogallery Afghans Feel Bite Of Military Pullout

As the foreign military footprint shrinks in Afghanistan, the country's dependence on the war economy is evident.

Afghan Election Audit Marred By Disagreements, Delays

Just over a week into the audit of all the votes cast in Afghanistan's presidential election, the review has been marred by delays and disagreements.
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