Kerry urges Afghanistan to focus on audit to resolve disputed vote


KABUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Afghanistan on Friday its transition to a self-reliant state hung in the balance after a contested presidential election, urging officials to focus on investigating all fraud allegations to prove its legitimacy. | Video

Taliban debate merits of Islamic State's caliphate announcement

WAZIRISTAN Pakistan - The Afghan Taliban have urged Muslims to avoid extremism and remain united, a message apparently aimed at the Islamic State (ISIL), which recently declared an Islamic caliphate in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

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Kerry hopes solution can be found to Afghanistan vote dispute

KABUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he hoped to be able to find a solution to Afghanistan's disputed election but cautioned "we can't say that's an automatic at this point".

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Afghanistan's Ghani says seeks to restore faith through intensive vote audit

KABUL - Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani said on Friday he was committed to an 'intensive and extensive' audit of votes to restore faith and resolve an election standoff with his rival, Abdullah Abdullah.

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Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to broker resolution in disputed election

KABUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on Friday for talks in an effort to broker a resolution to a disputed election that threatens to stir up ethnic tensions and undermine a peaceful political transition.

World, United Nations 10 Jul 2014

Crime spree helps Pakistani Taliban squirrel away cash before raids begin

PESHAWAR Pakistan - In the months before Pakistan jets began pounding Taliban hideouts in the lawless border region near Afghanistan, militants were busily conducting an unprecedented wave of kidnapping and extortion, stockpiling cash for the fight ahead.

World, 10 Jul 2014

U.N. chief says de Mistura to be new Syria mediator

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed veteran U.N. official Staffan de Mistura, a former U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil war.

World, United Nations, Iraq 10 Jul 2014

Kerry faces uphill battle to defuse Afghan election standoff

KABUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive to a sceptical audience in Afghanistan this week to try to resolve a deepening crisis over a disputed presidential election which has stirred ethnic tensions in the fragile country.

World, 10 Jul 2014

U.S. has 'enormous concerns' for Afghanistan elections: Kerry

BEIJING - The United States has "enormous concerns" for restoration of the credibility of the elections process in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

World, 10 Jul 2014

Taliban kill six de-miners in western Afghanistan

KABUL - The Taliban shot and killed six people working for a demining company in western Afghanistan, police said on Thursday, a day after the United Nations said the number of civilian casualties in the country jumped by a quarter in the first half of 2014.

World, United Nations 10 Jul 2014