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  1. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    US secretary of state pushes plan to ‘clean up’ disputed Afghan vote

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 05:02pm by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul Jophn Kerry advocates practical plan to 'clean up the tally' after both candidates claim run-off victory in Afghanistan's presidential polls US ... back-to-back meetings on Friday with rivals Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani that stretched deep into the night, US officials said an accord was not yet on the table. The deadlock over last month’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552771/us-secretary-state-pushes-plan-clean-disputed-afghan-vote
  2. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Suicide blast kills 89 in Afghanistan as politicians feud over election

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 05:29pm by AP

    ... bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 89 people and wounding more than 40 in one of the deadliest attacks since the 2001 US-led invasion. The attack in the town of Urgun in Paktika province brutally underscored the country's instability as foreign troops prepare to leave by the end of the year ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554824/car-bomb-attack-kills-least-30-afghanistan
  3. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Taliban launch audacious attack on Kabul airport as Afghan poll audit starts

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 12:20pm by Associated Press in Kabul

    ... and Afghan military helicopters were seen hovering over the area during the attack, which came after a devastating suicide bombing at a busy market in southeastern Paktika province on Tuesday ... contenders, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, following a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Election officials expect that the results of the audit, which will take at least three ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555553/gunmen-attack-kabul-airport-says-afghan-official
  4. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    US special envoy for Afghanistan, James Dobbins, steps down

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 08:59pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington The US special envoy for Afghanistan is stepping down at a key juncture in troubled US-Afghan ties and as the country grapples with a political crisis ... Feldman, US Secretary of State John Kerry said. The change comes as the two candidates to be Afghanistan's next president- succeeding Hamid Karzai, who has held the reins for 13 years- wrangle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545762/us-special-envoy-afghanistan-james-dobbins-steps-down
  5. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Amazement in Afghanistan as Kerry brokers deal for audit to settle presidential poll

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 04:19am by AFP

    ... that raised fears of fresh violence along ethnic lines. The deadlock over the run-off vote to choose a successor to Karzai plunged Afghanistan into political crisis and dented US hopes of a smooth ... said. Abdullah's victory claim on Monday inflamed tensions and prompted Washington to warn that violence or taking "extra-constitutional means" would result in a halt to US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1553429/amazement-afghanistan-kerry-brokers-deal-audit-settle-presidential-poll
  6. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Bowe Bergdahl smiling in photo with Afghan militant chief while captive

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:06pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Islamabad US captive in friendly photo with militant chief US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years, appeared smiling alongside a commander from the militant Haqqani network in a photo posted on a Twitter account by a supporter of the Afghan Taliban. Yesterday, the Taliban confirmed the photo had been taken with them while Bergdahl ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1552145/bowe-bergdahl-smiling-photo-afghan-militant-chief-while-captive
  7. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Kerry warns that legitimacy of Afghanistan election ‘hangs in balance’

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 01:37pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Kabul Top US diplomat will urge rival presidential candidates to agree to review of fraud claims Afghan election's legitimacy hangs in balance: Kerry US Secretary of State ... doubts to be satisfied, and hopefully for a future to be defined. But I can't tell you that that's going to be an automatic at this point." US officials said Kerry would urge both ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551833/us-secretary-state-arrives-afghanistan-meet-presidential-candidates
  8. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    UN reports soaring civilian casualties in Afghanistan as violence deepens

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul UN reports soaring civilian casualties Civilian casualties in Afghanistan soared by 24 per cent in the first half of this year, according to UN figures released yesterday, revealing worsening nationwide violence as US-led troops leave after more than a decade fighting the Taliban. Ground combat is now causing more deaths and injuries than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550552/un-reports-soaring-civilian-casualties-afghanistan-violence-deepens
  9. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    John Kerry warns Afghan aid may stop if there is an illegitimate power grab

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 04:17am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul John Kerry urges full review after initial results are challenged by losing candidate Poll dispute threatens Afghan aid, US warns US Secretary of State John Kerry warned yesterday that any illegitimate attempt to seize power in Afghanistan would cost the country its international aid, after preliminary results of presidential elections sparked a row ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549945/john-kerry-warns-afghan-aid-may-stop-if-there-illegitimate-power-grab
  10. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghanistan election

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 10:46pm by Reuters

    ... hopes for a smooth transition of power in Afghanistan, a concern for the West as most US-led forces continue to withdraw from the country. Earlier yesterday, rival camps struggled to find ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549226/afghan-poll-results-delayed-presidential-rivals-hold-last-minute-talks

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