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  1. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan election in crisis as candidate Abdullah Abdullah pulls out of audit

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 05:06pm by AFP

    ... in Afghanistan as US-led Nato troops withdraw after 13 years of fighting Taliban insurgents. The audit of all eight million votes was halted on Wednesday when Abdullah’s observers refused to take part – despite a US-brokered deal in which both sides vowed to support the recount and respect its outcome. “We will not join the process today, and maybe we will not rejoin the process at all,” Fazel ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581143/afghan-election-crisis-candidate-abdullah-abdullah-pulls-out-audit
  2. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Feuding presidential candidates to form unity government in Afghanistan

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 07:16am by AFP

    ... election. US Secretary of State John Kerry, visiting Kabul to mediate an end to the impasse, welcomed the deal as a major advance in bringing Afghanistan back from the brink of political chaos as US-led Nato troops withdraw. Abdullah had refused to accept preliminary results that put Ghani ahead, accusing his rival of stealing the election by massive ballot-box stuffing. "Today [we] ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1569658/feuding-presidential-candidates-form-unity-government-afghanistan
  3. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Kerry in Kabul to seek resolution of Afghan election dispute

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 01:27pm by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul US secretary of state arrives in Afghan capital seeking an end to wrangling following inconclusive results from presidential elections ahead of Nato troop withdrawals this year US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks in Kabul on Friday aimed at putting pressure on Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates to resolve disputed elections ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1569086/kerry-kabul-seek-resolution-afghan-election-dispute
  4. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Kandahar could fall into darkness when US stops paying for its electricity

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 04:54am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Kandahar, Afghanistan Lights set to go out in Kandahar when US stops funding power When the United States stops funding power production in Afghanistan's southern city ... of the hardline Islamist movement and once a base for its leader Mullah Omar, was a top US counter-insurgency priority as Washington pushed to win hearts and minds. But regular power in the city is still ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1567864/kandahar-could-fall-darkness-when-us-stops-paying-its-electricity
  5. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Wrong place, wrong time: US general's killing shows growing Afghan peril

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 10:33pm by AP, MCT

    ... Associated Press in Kabul and McClatchy Tribune US general killed by gunman in Afghan uniform most senior officer to die in combat since Vietnam Prized scalp for the enemy within Major ... and prayers are with Major General Harold J. Greene's family, and the families of our soldiers who were injured today in the tragic events that took place in Afghanistan," US Army Chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1567865/wrong-place-wrong-time-us-generals-killing-shows-growing-afghan-peril
  6. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul insider attack

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:39pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul Shooting rocks US-led project to train up Afghan army as Nato combat forces withdraw after 13 years of fighting the Taliban A US general has been shot dead ... killed Major General Harold J. Greene, rocked the US-led project to train up the Afghan army as Nato combat forces withdraw after 13 years of fighting the Taliban. The assault is the first time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567701/afghan-soldier-guns-down-us-general-kabul-insider-attack
  7. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan candidate Abdullah Abdullah agrees to rejoin vote audit

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 09:12pm by AFP

    ... international hopes that a smooth election would help vindicate the costly US-led military and civilian aid effort since 2001. Abdullah's representatives refused to attend the recount on Sunday due ... rejected preliminary results that named Ghani as the easy winner, US Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kabul and persuaded the two candidates to agree to the audit to sift out fraudulent votes. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1566368/afghan-candidate-abdullah-abdullah-agrees-rejoin-vote-audit
  8. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Attempts to resume Afghan poll audit stall over criteria for discounting votes

    Posted Aug 02nd 2014, 06:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul Afghanistan faces fresh uncertainty of its political future as disagreements surface over the methods used to determine invalid votes as the UN struggles ... in the June run-off election. Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani agreed to the inspection of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the June 14 poll in a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1565012/attempts-resume-afghan-poll-audit-stall-over-criteria-discounting-votes
  9. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Karzai’s cousin and Ghani ally killed in Afghan suicide attack

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 04:59pm by Reuters

    ... explosives as Karzai greeted him, the governor’s office said. The attack comes as the country is caught in a political deadlock over a disputed election to replace Hamid Karzai as president. ... for an agreement to keep about 10,000 US troops in the country after most troops leave at the end of this year. Ghani, a former World Bank official, condemned the killing of his adviser. “[We] condemn ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1561931/karzais-cousin-and-ghani-ally-killed-afghan-suicide-attack
  10. 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

    ... a political crisis that has threatened to widen Afghanistan’s dangerous ethnic fissures. Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) – whose main Kabul compound lies next to the civilian ... 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

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