Hamid Karzai

Next Afghan president will face a battle for control of nation’s mineral wealth

An Afghan election commission worker pushes ballot boxes in IEC warehouse in Kabul. Photo: Xinhua

Millions of Afghans are expected to queue at makeshift polling booths today, defying Taliban threats to kill them, to elect their next president. It will be an unprecedented democratic leadership transition for the troubled country.

Saturday, 5 April, 2014, 1:46am 1 comment

The top contenders for the Afghan presidency

Abdullah Abdullah. Photo: EPA

For the first time in Afghanistan's history, the outcome of today's presidential election is a mystery. President Hamid Karzai cannot serve a third four-year term, and there has been no front runner among the people vying to replace him.

5 Apr 2014 - 7:06am

Hamid Karzai rejects law protecting abusers of Afghan women

An Afghan woman who allegedly set herself on fire due to family violence shows her scars. Photo: EPA

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has backed away from a law that would have silenced victims of domestic violence, forced marriage and child abuse, after a campaign by Afghan activists and Western governments.

19 Feb 2014 - 10:45am 1 comment

No stoning for adultery, says Afghan president Karzai after outcry

Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Photo: Reuters

Afghanistan's government has backed away from a proposal to reintroduce public stoning as a punishment for adultery after the leak of a draft law stirred up a storm of international condemnation.

30 Nov 2013 - 3:30am

Afghan leader Hamid Karzai to push for Indian military aid

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee (centre) and Lovely Professional University chancellor Ashok Mittal (right) present an honorary degree to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Monday. Photo: AFP

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will try to secure more military aid in talks with Indian leaders on Tuesday as he looks to beef up his security forces after international troops pull out next year.

21 May 2013 - 3:54pm

Who said it?

Hamid Karzai

We appreciate all this assistance and help, all this assistance is very useful to us

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, on the tens of millions of dollars in cash the C.I.A. has given his office in the past decade


I don't know why the duck is so worth watching

An internet user on the Rubber Duck in Victoria Harbour


6 May 2013 - 2:55am

Afghan leader Hamid Karzai says US, Taliban are colluding

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks at a gathering of women to mark International Women's Day, in Kabul. Photo: AFP

He accused the Taliban and the US of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave as planned by the end of next year.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:05pm

Briefs, March 4, 2013

The prime minister was granted a 14-day extension. Photo: EPA

Passwords reset after Evernote cyber attack

CALIFORNIA - Evernote, a web-based note-sharing service, said it was resetting the passwords of its 50 million users after hackers breached its network, accessing usernames, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords. The attack "follows a similar pattern" to other cyber attacks in recent weeks, it said. Reuters


4 Mar 2013 - 5:13am

Afghan president to ban requests for foreign air strikes

President Karzai says Afghans don't need foreign troops for security. Photo: EPA

If he issues the decree as promised, the move would pose a significant new challenge to government troops who have relied heavily on foreign air power to give them an advantage against insurgents.

17 Feb 2013 - 11:33am

Dunford takes charge of Nato in Afghanistan

 US General Joseph Dunford (right) shakes hand with former Nato commander US General John Allen during a change of command ceremony at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul. Photo: AFP

US General Joseph Dunford assumed command of Nato forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, taking over from General John Allen as the coalition prepares to withdraw the bulk of its combat troops by next year.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, January 15, 2013

The Siding Spring Observatory after the fire. Photo: AFP

The former Kate Middleton is due to give birth to her first baby in July, and her health is improving after a bout of severe morning sickness, palace officials said. 

15 Jan 2013 - 4:55am

Barack Obama vows to let Afghans take over from spring

Hamid Karzai and Barack Obama shake hands after putting on a united front at their press conference at the White House. Photo: AFP

The US president, Barack Obama, has promised to speed up a transfer of lead security responsibility from Nato to Afghan forces in spring, in a sign that US troops may withdraw faster.

Nato forces would have a "very limited" role in the country after 2014, Obama said.

He insisted that Washington had achieved its prime goal of "decapitating" al-Qaeda.

13 Jan 2013 - 5:47am

Obama to meet Afghan President Karzai on Friday

Afghan president Hamid Karzai. Photo: AP

President Barack Obama is slated to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday, the White House said in a statement, a meeting that comes as the United States tries to determine how quickly to draw down troops in Afghanistan after more than a dozen years of war.

8 Jan 2013 - 9:02am

Newborn baby among six killed in Afghan blast

A mother and her newborn baby were among six family members killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan overnight, police and witnesses said on Sunday.

The victims were heading home from the hospital after the mother had given birth when the bomb planted by Taliban insurgents tore through their vehicle in Khost province on the Pakistan border, police said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Afghan presidential election set for next April

Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Photo: AP

Afghanistan’s presidential election will be held on April 5, 2014, months ahead of the final withdrawal of Nato combat troops from the insurgency-plagued nation, a poll official said on Tuesday.

President Hamid Karzai, who is serving his second term, is constitutionally barred from running in the election and has been under pressure from opposition groups to announce the date.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:07pm