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Afghanistan's Ice Bucket Challengers Ask Presidential Rivals to ‘Be Cool!’

With tensions between supporters of presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah threatening to boil over, a group of young Afghans are dumping ice on troubled water.

Interview with the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli: On Photos, Wraiths, and Do to the Beast

PIPER FERGUSON Greg Dulli The Afghan Whigs' new album, Do to the Beast, lays out like claws of an aged, mangy city. Up close, structures are corroded and crumbling. From a distance, though, The Beast becomes a magnificent thing, a marvel of rock and darker soul. Show More Summary

Taliban suicide bombers hit Afghan intelligence agency

By Rafiq Shirzad JALALABAD Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban suicide bombs hit an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in an eastern city on Saturday, killing six people, and insurgents shot dead another 11 in the west, in an upsurge of violence as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country. Show More Summary

Taliban attack Afghan intelligence HQ

Unknown number of fighters launch attack in eastern city of Jalalabad with huge car bomb, followed by gun attack.

At least 81 nationalities are fighting in Syria

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

It's estimated that the three-year conflict in Syria has drawn foreign fighters to its frontlines at a rate faster than any such war in modern memory, including the struggle of the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Show More Summary

UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10

4 days agoNews : The Newsroom

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations representative for Afghanistan says an audit of the country's presidential election should be completed around Sept. 10 and that the inauguration could happen after that.

U.N. says 'not possible' to finish Afghan vote audit by September 2

4 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Afghanistan's U.N. representative told President Hamid Karzai on Thursday it was "not possible" to finish an audit of a disputed election by Sept. 2, when Karzai had hoped to see a new leader inaugurated, Karzai's office said. The United Nations is supervising the audit of votes from a run-off ballot between the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.

It takes two

4 days agoNews : Banyan

IT SEEMS everyone wants the Afghan presidential election to be over and done with. Except, maybe, for the two contenders. In the latest attempt to derail an audit of the votes, which was set in motion six weeks ago, Abdullah Abdullah...Show More Summary

Karzai packs up even as Afghan election dispute rumbles on

4 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has packed up all his personal possessions and is ready to leave the palace, his spokesman said Thursday, even though the disputed election has failed to find his successor. Karzai, who has lived...Show More Summary

Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

5 days agoNews : The Newsroom

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil on Wednesday as both candidates vying to succeed Hamed Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit meant to determine the winner of a June runoff.

Both Afghan Candidates Pull Observers From U.N. Audit Of Votes

5 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The latest twist in the already contentious election process throws it further into crisis. It's looking likely that a new president won't be inaugurated by Sept. 2, as had been the plan.

Afghan candidate Ghani pulls observers from election audit

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani pulled his observers from a U.N.-supervised audit of votes on Wednesday after rival candidate Abdullah Abdullah dropped out of the process, a senior member of Ghani's team said. Show More Summary

Afghan forces battle for control of symbolic Kunduz province

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces are battling the Taliban for control of the northern province of Kunduz, where insurgents are threatening to overrun the capital and terrorizing residents who have fled to nearby districts. Show More Summary

Abdullah pulls out of Afghanistan vote audit

Afghan presidential candidate accuses auditors of refusing to throw out fraudulent ballot papers and demands probe.

US commander: Taliban will test Afghans in 2015

5 days agoNews : The Newsroom

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

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