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Karzai cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack: officials
Karzai cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack: officials

A suicide attacker killed a cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai near the volatile southern city of Kandahar, officials said, raising tensions during a struggle over the contested election result.

Karzai cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack: officials
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Gunmen kill 15 civilians travelling in central Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road, officials said Friday, in the latest attack to highlight the growing civilian toll from violence.

Gunmen kill 15 civilians travelling in central Afghanistan
Taliban attack Kabul airport as Afghan poll audit starts
Taliban attack Kabul airport as Afghan poll audit starts

Explosions and gunfire rang out after the Taliban Thursday attacked Kabul airport in the militants' latest brazen attempt to steal the initiative with the country in the grip of a presidential power struggle.

Taliban attack Kabul airport as Afghan poll audit starts
Kerry in Kabul on key mission to calm election turmoil
Kerry in Kabul on key mission to calm election turmoil

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on a key mission to try to quell tensions over disputed presidential polls which have triggered fears of violence and ethnic unrest.

Kerry in Kabul on key mission to calm election turmoil
Abdullah claims victory in contested Afghan election
Abdullah claims victory in contested Afghan election

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory in Afghanistan's disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind poll rival Ashraf Ghani in preliminary results.

Abdullah claims victory in contested Afghan election
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800 Taliban fight Afghan troops in five-day battle: officials

More than 800 Taliban insurgents have launched a major offensive in southern Afghanistan to try to gain territory recently vacated by US troops, officials said Wednesday, with 40 civilians killed in five days of fighting.

800 Taliban fight Afghan troops in five-day battle: officials
Karzai calls on UN to help solve Afghan election crisis
Karzai calls on UN to help solve Afghan election crisis

Afghan President Hamid Karzai intervened for the first time in the country's growing election crisis, backing a call for the United Nations to help solve a standoff over alleged fraud.

Karzai calls on UN to help solve Afghan election crisis
Afghans vote in run-off election despite Taliban threats
Afghans vote in run-off election despite Taliban threats

Afghans defied Taliban threats by voting Saturday in a second-round presidential election, as US-led combat troops wind down a 13-year war that has failed to defeat the insurgents.

Afghans vote in run-off election despite Taliban threats
Obama makes surprise Afghanistan visit
Obama makes surprise Afghanistan visit

US President Barack Obama promised a decision on post-2014 troop numbers in Afghanistan "fairly shortly", after paying a surprise visit to soldiers fighting the last battles of America's longest war.

Obama makes surprise Afghanistan visit
Karzai votes in Afghan polls to choose his successor
Karzai votes in Afghan polls to choose his successor

Afghan President Hamid Karzai cast his vote Saturday in the election that marks the start of his country's first-ever democratic transfer of power, as he steps down after serving the maximum two terms in office.

Karzai votes in Afghan polls to choose his successor
Two female Western journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead: police
Two female Western journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead: police

A female Western journalist was shot dead and another wounded in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost on Friday, on the eve of the country's presidential election, police said.

Two female Western journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead: police
Afghan president welcomes third child at age of 56
Afghan president welcomes third child at age of 56

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has become a father again at the age of 56 after his wife gave birth to their third child in India.

Afghan president welcomes third child at age of 56
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Karzai's brother withdraws from Afghan election

The brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday dropped out of the country's election and endorsed Zalmai Rassoul, a move widely seen as signalling the current leader's prefered choice of successor.

Karzai's brother withdraws from Afghan election
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. ©Reuters/Evan Vucci/Pool
Next Afghan leader will sign security pact: Kerry

The next president of Afghanistan will sign a security pact with the United States despite the refusal of outgoing leader Hamid Karzai, Secretary of State John Kerry confidently predicted.

Next Afghan leader will sign security pact: Kerry
Obama warns Afghan president of full troop withdrawal
Obama warns Afghan president of full troop withdrawal

President Barack Obama told Hamid Karzai on Tuesday that he is now planning for a full US troop withdrawal because of the Afghan leader's repeated refusal to sign a security pact.

Obama warns Afghan president of full troop withdrawal
Afghanistan releases 65 'insurgents' despite US protests: officials
Afghanistan releases 65 'insurgents' despite US protests: officials

Afghanistan released 65 alleged Taliban fighters from jail on Thursday despite condemnation from the United States, which says the men could return to the battlefield to launch strikes against NATO and Afghan forces.

Afghanistan releases 65 'insurgents' despite US protests: officials
Karzai suspects US behind Afghan bombings: report
Karzai suspects US behind Afghan bombings: report

Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspects the United States may have backed insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government but has no evidence to support his theory.

Karzai suspects US behind Afghan bombings: report
Obama defends Afghan strategy after Gates comments
Obama defends Afghan strategy after Gates comments

Barack Obama insisted Monday he had faith in the Afghan war mission after former Pentagon chief Robert Gates charged the president lacked passion for military action and soured on his own troop surge.

Obama defends Afghan strategy after Gates comments
Karzai says NATO mission caused 'suffering' for no gain
Karzai says NATO mission caused 'suffering' for no gain

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday condemned the NATO mission in his country for causing "a lot of suffering" without delivering any gains.

Karzai says NATO mission caused 'suffering' for no gain
Karzai visits Pakistan, looking for Taliban peace
Karzai visits Pakistan, looking for Taliban peace

Afghan President Hamid Karzai flew into Islamabad on Monday for key talks with Pakistan's newly elected government, searching for communication with Taliban insurgents to end 12 years of war.

Karzai visits Pakistan, looking for Taliban peace