Abdullah threatens to pull out of Afghan election audit

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened today to withdraw from an audit of votes cast in the election, a move that could wreck UN efforts to rescue the country's first democratic transfer of power.

New Afghan president to take office September 2: Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said his successor would take office on September 2, despite a slow-moving vote audit designed to eliminate fraudulent ballots cast for the two contenders.

Clashes near Kabul as Karzai calls for political unity

About 200 Taliban fighters launched an offensive in a province near Kabul on Tuesday as Afghanistan`s disputed election threatens to leave the central government weakened at the same time as US troops pull out.

Karzai calls for end of Afghan election impasse

Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed today for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline.

Karzai calls for end of Afghan election impasse

Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed Tuesday for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline.

Modi writes to Karzai, greets on Afghan Independence Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to President Hamid Karzai extending greetings for Afghanistan`s Independence Day with a promise to continue India`s full support to the efforts to build a strong, united, peaceful, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan.

Abdullah rejoins audit of fraud-tainted Afghan election

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has agreed to rejoin an audit of the votes, the United Nations said on Sunday, after tense negotiations to rescue the election amid a prolonged dispute over fraud.

Suicide bomber with explosives in turban kills Hamid Karzai`s cousin in Afghanistan

A suicide attacker killed a cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai near the volatile southern city of Kandahar.

Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

In a speech marking the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday that follows the fasting month of Ramadan, Karzai said that Afghans "want to have an outcome to the election as soon as possible, so that this country can have its president soon."

Afghanistan to begin massive vote audit: Official

The Afghan election commission is set to start on Wednesday an unprecedented audit of all 8.1 million votes cast in the June 14 run-off presidential election, an official said.

John Kerry pushes plan to `clean up` disputed Afghan vote

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday held a second day of talks with Afghanistan`s feuding presidential hopefuls, seeking a deal to "clean up the tally" after disputed elections.

Afghan presidential hopeful Ghani backs `extensive` audit

Afghan presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghani, who emerged victorious in the preliminary results of his country`s runoff presidential election, Friday backed an extensive audit of the bitterly disputed polls.

John Kerry seeks to broker end to Afghan election crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to mediate an end to the political crisis in Afghanistan, warning that a bitter dispute over presidential polls threatened the country`s future.

Attacks kill 5 police, 5 children in Afghanistan

A rocket fired by insurgents hit a home in northern Afghanistan, killing five children, and gunmen killed five policemen in a separate attack, officials said on Monday.

Afghan election candidate set to reject result

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah was set to reject preliminary election results released today, heightening a political crisis over fraud that threatens to trigger instability as US-led troops pull out.

Taliban rocket destroys Afghan president`s helicopter

The two rockets caused no casualties at the airport, which includes a large NATO base as well as a terminal for civilian flights to cities such as Dubai, New Delhi and Istanbul.

Afghan president signs terror law needed to avoid blacklist

Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a law aimed at curbing the financing of terrorist groups, a government statement said on Thursday.

Kerry makes Karzai call amid Afghan poll fears

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday and urged him to address concerns of the rivals vying to succeed him, amid fears an election dispute could trigger instability.

Afghan election result delayed for recounting: Official

The preliminary result of Afghanistan`s presidential election run-off has been delayed for several days for a recount of ballots in 2,000 voting centres amid a dispute over fraud, officials said Tuesday.

Afghan election rivals square up for results showdown

Afghanistan`s rival presidential candidates on Monday ratcheted up tension ahead of the release of results, with one campaign team preparing for victory and the other rejecting the vote count in a dispute that could trigger instability.