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UN: 85 civilians killed in attacks targeting Afghan election

Oct. 15, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.N. released on Tuesday a special report that describes the severe toll of election-related violence on Afghanistan's civilians, mainly from the Taliban's campaign targeting its presidential election last month. Afghans voted on Sept. 28 despite the militants' threats and...

Anger grows at civilian deaths by US, Afghan forces

Oct. 6, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The workers were sleeping on the mountainside where they had spent a long day harvesting pine nuts in eastern Afghanistan. Some were in tents, others lay outside under the stars, when the U.S. airstrike tore into them. Only hours before the Sept. 19 strike, the businessman who...

Taliban meet US peace envoy for first time since 'dead' deal

Oct. 5, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban met with a U.S. envoy in the Pakistani capital, a Taliban official said Saturday, the first such encounter since President Donald Trump announced a month ago that a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war was dead. The official offered few...

Afghan protesters claim US strikes kill 5 civilians in east

Sep. 29, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An airstrike by U.S.-led forces overnight in eastern Afghanistan killed at least five civilians, local villagers said Sunday. The villagers carried the bodies of the dead to the province's capital of Ghazni, chanting, "Death to Ashraf Ghani, death to America." The day before,...

With vote over, Afghanistan faces possible political chaos

Sep. 29, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Presidential elections are over, and Afghanistan now faces a period of uncertainty and possible political chaos. Saturday's vote was marred by violence, Taliban threats and widespread allegations of mismanagement and abuse. It was the fourth time Afghans have gone to the polls to...

Today in History

Sep. 29, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2019. There are 93 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 29, 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men. On this date: In 1829, London's reorganized police force, which became...

Fraud, misconduct threaten Afghan presidential election

Sep. 28, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Accusations of fraud and misconduct, more than scores of Taliban attacks, threatened to overwhelm the results of Saturday's vote for the next president of Afghanistan, denying the winner legitimacy and frustrating efforts to restart peace talks to end 18 years of war. When polls...

The Latest: Afghan officials extend voting hours

Sep. 28, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on Afghanistan's national elections (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Afghanistan's chief election official says polls will stay open for an extra hour until 5:00 p.m. local time. Hawa Alim Nuristani, head of the Independent Election Commission, said Saturday that officials...

Top 5 Afghan presidential candidates in Saturday's election

Sep. 28, 2019 2:43 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The prospect of a peace deal with Taliban insurgents created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the months leading up to Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan. Even the 18 candidates for the country's top job didn't know whether an election would be held at all. President...

At a glance: Key factors in Afghanistan's tense election

Sep. 28, 2019 2:41 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have warned Afghanistan's 9.6 million eligible voters to stay away from polling stations during Saturday's presidential election. It's unclear how many will heed those warnings, but turnout is expected to be depressed as a result. The last presidential election in 2014...