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Afghan candidate halts another attempt at ballot recount

Nov. 17, 2019 7:52 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan election commission has tried to launch another ballot recount but presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah halted the attempt by saying he won't let his observers participate. The September election has been mired in controversy. The election commission has tried to...

Taliban say prisoner swap promised by Kabul fails to happen

Nov. 15, 2019 10:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three Taliban prisoners who were to be freed in exchange for an American and an Australian national, both kidnapped in 2016, are still in custody in Bagram prison, north of the capital Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Friday. The three Taliban prisoners did not show up at...

Afghan official says presidential poll results delayed again

Nov. 14, 2019 3:39 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the results of the country’s presidential election held nearly two months ago are being delayed once again. Spokesman for the Independent Election Commission Zabi Sadat didn’t explain the new postponement. The results were supposed to be...

Afghan presidential candidate boycotts recounting process

Nov. 10, 2019 3:39 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has unilaterally withdrawn his team's election observers from an official recount of ballots ahead of long-delayed election results. Abdullah says Sunday the results will have no legitimacy if his team's observers are not present...

Afghanistan delays election results til November

Oct. 27, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials have set a new date for announcing the result of last month's presidential election, after several delays. Hawa Alam Nuristani, head of the Independent Election Commission, says Sunday preliminary results will be announced on Nov. 14. The initial deadline for...

Afghanistan's acting foreign minister resigns post

Oct. 23, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's acting foreign minister, Salahuddin Rabbani, has resigned his post. In a resignation letter to President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday, Rabbani said the Foreign Ministry has been sidelined and is being treated as a non-governmental organization. "It is unbearable," he...

US defense chief in Afghanistan for firsthand look at war

Oct. 20, 2019 10:12 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military's future role in America's longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State...

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...

Afghan officials say election results ready later this month

Oct. 14, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's delayed presidential election results should be ready later this month, after technical problems with the counting, its Independent Election Commission said on Monday. Afghans voted in presidential elections earlier last month despite Taliban threats and violence....

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...