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US Calls on Karzai to Fight Corruption
WASHINGTON, D.C. (rushPRNews) By: VOA 2009-11-05

By Al Pessin The top U.S. military officer said Wednesday Afghan President Hamid Karzai must arrest and prosecute corrupt officials and take other action to establish the legitimacy of his government, following the fraud-marred election. Admiral Mike Mullen also estimated that

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Afghan Presidential Challenger Withdraws, Creating Turmoil
ISLAMABAD (rushPRNews) By: VOA 2009-11-02

By Sean Maroney Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he will not participate in this week's runoff election against President Hamid Karzai. He accused the government of not meeting his demands for a fair vote. Abdullah says that his withdrawal is

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Obama Consults Military Leaders, Nears Afghan Troop Decision
WASHINGTON, D.C. (rushPRNews) By: VOA 2009-10-30

U.S. President Barack Obama is consulting with top military officials Friday as he considers whether to send additional forces to Afghanistan.Mr. Obama will meet at the White House with the Joint Chiefs of Staff - military leaders from the Air

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Taliban Attack UN Guesthouse in Kabul, Killing 9
KABUL (rushPRNews) By: VOA 2009-10-28

Militants in Afghanistan have killed at least six foreign U.N. workers and three Afghans during an attack on an international guesthouse in the capital, Kabul. One American is among those dead. Local officials said three gunmen wearing suicide vests and disguised

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Al-Qaida Group Claims Responsibility for Baghdad Bombings
CAIRO (rushPRNews) By: VOA 2009-10-27

By Edward Yeranian An Iraqi branch of al Qaida, which goes by the name of the Islamic State of Iraq, is claiming responsibility for Sunday's back-to-back suicide bombings in Baghdad that killed more than 150 people. Iraqi officials, meanwhile,

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Afghan Official: Outcome of Voter Fraud Probe Unclear
KABUL (rushPRNews) By: VOA 2009-10-16

An Afghan election official says it is too early to predict whether a voter fraud probe will trigger a runoff between President Hamid Karzai and his closest challenger.A spokesman for the Afghan Election Commission told VOA Friday a U.N.-backed panel

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Powerful Car Bomb Blast Hits Afghan Capital
ISLAMABAD (rushPRNews) By: VOA 2009-10-08

By Sean Maroney Afghan government officials say a powerful suicide car bomb hit near the Indian Embassy in Kabul Thursday, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than 80 others.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the blast saying their

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Bomb Rips Through Market in Northwest Pakistan, Kills 25
ISLAMABAD (rushPRNews) By: VOA 2009-09-18

A suicide car bomb has killed at least 25 people in northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. The blast ripped through a market on a road outside the garrison town of Kohat Friday morning.  Police say several shops and

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Afghan President Denies Major Fraud in Tainted Election
KABUL (rushPRNews) By: VOA 2009-09-17

Afghanistan's president is denying there was any major fraud in last month's voting. Full, preliminary results show the incumbent, Hamid Karzai, capturing enough votes to avoid a runoff with his closest challenger. For the first time since the August 20 election,

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Afghan Polling Stations To Be Recounted Amid Claims of Fraud
KABUL,Afghanistan (rushPRNews) By: Andrea Archibald, Rushprnews Writer 2009-09-15

The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), an UN-backed agency, ordered ballots be recounted at 10% of Afghan’s polling stations, officials announced today. Nearly one month since the Afghan election, the ECC is ordering that 2,500 stations be audited before it is determined

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