Afghanistan Headlines

Wed, Jul 9 2014

De Mistura succeeds Brahimi as U.N. Syria mediator: diplomats

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UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA - Veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura, a former U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil war, diplomats said on Wednesday.

Afghan war inflicting devastating toll on civilians: U.N.

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KABUL - Afghanistan's war is inflicting an increasingly devastating toll on the civilian population, with the number of casualties rising by almost a quarter in the first half of this year, the United Nations said in a report on Wednesday.

From New York heroin dealer to Afghanistan’s biggest oil man

KABUL - One-eyed Rateb Popal's debut as an Afghan businessman was not promising: he was caught smuggling heroin and locked up in a New York federal prison for almost a decade.

World, Afghanistan 09 Jul 2014

Tue, Jul 8 2014

U.S. warns Afghans not to form 'parallel government'

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KABUL - The United States warned on Tuesday that it would withdraw financial and security support from Afghanistan if anyone tried to take power illegally, as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah rallied in Kabul for a parallel government. | Video

World, Afghanistan 08 Jul 2014

Obama tells Afghan candidates fraud charges merit review

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah on Monday night and rival Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday to urge calm and to call for a review of fraud charges in that country's election, the White House said.

World, Afghanistan 08 Jul 2014

Afghanistan's Abdullah says he is the winner of last month's run-off

KABUL - Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah told thousands of supporters on Tuesday he was the winner of last month's run-off election, putting himself on a collision course with his arch-rival, Ashraf Ghani.

World, Afghanistan 08 Jul 2014

Four NATO servicemen killed in Afghanistan: ISAF

KABUL - At least four NATO servicemen were killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the International Security Assistance Force said.

World, Afghanistan 08 Jul 2014

Afghanistan's Abdullah rejects election result as 'coup' against people

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KABUL - Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah's camp rejected preliminary results of last month's run-off election on Monday as a "coup" against the people, putting him on a dangerous collision course with his rival, Ashraf Ghani.

World, Afghanistan 08 Jul 2014

Kerry warns against illegal power grab in Afghanistan

KABUL - Secretary of State John Kerry warned Afghanistan on Tuesday that any attempt to take power illegally following a disputed presidential election run-off would cost it U.S. support.

World, Afghanistan 08 Jul 2014

Mon, Jul 7 2014

From New York heroin dealer to Afghanistan’s biggest oil man

KABUL - One-eyed Rateb Popal's debut as an Afghan businessman was not promising: he was caught smuggling heroin and locked up in a New York federal prison for almost a decade.

World, Afghanistan 07 Jul 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.