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Afghan election: Abdullah leads, but short of majority

From Reuters

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during an interview in Kabul April 13, 2014.

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan’s next president, according to the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday, but is short of an outright majority. 140 more words


Abdullah Ahead in Latest Afghanistan Election Results

Updated: April 21, 6:40 a.m.

Partial results from Afghanistan’s presidential election released Sunday reveal candidate Abdullah Abdullah as the front runner, though a runoff election still appears likely. 153 more words

Who is watching Afghanistan's elections?

Some international observers pulled out amid security concerns, creating legitimacy fears for presidential vote.
Kabul, Afghanistan – Security has been a scarce commodity in Afghanistan for some time, but the Taliban’s recent spate of attacks intended to disrupt the April 5 elections – and the promise of more to come – have amplified the sense of insecurity. 223 more words

Afghan optimism and the road ahead

New Al Jazeera poll shows despite security concerns, Afghans feel their country is ready for presidential election.
Afghanistan is bracing itself for a presidential election that could be the first truly game-changing event in the country since the 2001 US-led invasion – and according to a local poll commissioned by Al Jazeera, 69 percent say the country will improve over the next five years. 192 more words

Soapies and Democracy: An Unlikely Duo

An elite police unit confronts a suicide bomber, guns drawn, on a street outside a government compound. The bomber is stopped just in time.

You may think this sounds like a scene from a hit television show… And you’d be right. 940 more words


Speaker Boehner gets first-hand look at Afghan progress

Where is House Speaker John Boehner? On a congressional trip to Afghanistan with other lawmakers, assessing the country’s security and political progress.

The House’s top Republican disclosed Monday that he’s in the midst of his second trip to the war-torn country since becoming speaker. 254 more words


How to amass a collection of world leaders' autographs, from Mandela to Castro

Here’s a guest post from writer Alina Simone.

I’m always on the look out for attention-grabbing stats, so when I heard the most valuable autograph of a living person in the world belonged to Fidel Castro, I thought — there’s a cool business story. 1,104 more words