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Former foreign minister frontrunner in Afghan presidential elections

Former foreign minister frontrunner in Afghan presidential elections

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 14 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission has named former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah as the frontrunner for the presidency.
JC Finley

U.S. said to mull shifting Afghanistan exit plans

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A frustrated White House may wait until Afghanistan has a new leader before working out a troop withdrawal and post-withdrawal troop presence, officials said.

Sixteen scratched from list of Afghan presidential candidates

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Only 10 of 26 candidates have been found eligible to run in Afghanistan's presidential elections in 2014, say officials with the country's election commission.

Candidate registration begins for 2014 Afghan presidential election

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The independent election commission of Afghanistan began the candidate registration process Monday for next year's presidential election, officials said.

Negotiations move forward on U.S.-Afghan security agreement

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. and Afghan negotiators continue to craft an essential agreement on the status of U.S. forces post-2014.

Afghans prepping to take on more security

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Afghan forces are prepping to lead in protecting more of the country, in line with assuming full responsibility by the end of 2014, President Hamid Karzai said.
Minister: War against Taliban winnable

Minister: War against Taliban winnable

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The war against the Taliban is winnable and the fight against corruption in Afghanistan's government will be waged, Afghan Interior Minister Hanif Atmar says.

Afghan voters coerced at gunpoint -- Ghani

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Long shot Afghan presidential contender Ashraf Ghani joined his counterparts claiming widespread fraud and intimidation in the Thursday vote.

Ashraf Ghani touts his credentials

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The debate performance of Afghan presidential contender Ashraf Ghani proves he is the best candidate to lead the country, the former finance minister said.
U.S. officials seeking Afghan 'CEO'

U.S. officials seeking Afghan 'CEO'

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. officials are exploring the idea of establishing a chief executive slot below Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, an Afghan source says.

Karzai drops out of presidential debate

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 23 (UPI) -- Incumbent Afghan President Hamid Karzai pulled out of a debate with his two closest rivals, though organizers say they will leave an empty podium on stage.

Afghan presidential contest tightens

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 14 (UPI) -- The main opposition candidates to Afghan President Hamid Karzai are gaining ground with early forecasts predicting a runoff for the August vote.

Kabul suicide attack shows Afghanistan becoming more like Iraq

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Wednesday's brazen series of deadly, coordinated suicide attacks in Kabul brought immediate comparisons with last year's three-day rampage by terrorists in Mumbai and highlighted the worsening security situation that the Obama administration has inherited in Afghanistan.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
Commentary: From riches to rags

Commentary: From riches to rags

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- Between 40 and 60 nations are either sliding backward or have already collapsed. Globalization has spawned multiple uncertainties.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Ban still leads in succeeding Annan

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- In the third informal poll on the selection of a new Secretary-General, the U.N. Security Council voted in favor of South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon.

Search on for a successor to Annan

UNITED NATIONS, July 19 (UPI) -- The search for a successor to Kofi Annan as the next U.N. secretary-general intensifies this month with several Asians vying for the job.

Afghanistan to compensate Chinese families

BEIJING, June 20 (UPI) -- The Afghan government said Sunday it will compensate the families of 11 Chinese victims of a terrorist attack in northern Afghanistan.

U.N. fostering south, Central Asia trade

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, May 12 (UPI) -- A U.N.-backed conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, seeks to exploit new opportunities for trade from south to Central Asia. "Regional cooperation is a necessity and not an option," the administrator of the U.N. Development Program, Mark Malloch Brown, Wedne

Analysis: Afghans win pledges for more aid

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Twenty foreign ministers, including the U.S. Secretary of State, and hundreds of officials from potential donor countries and organizations gathered in Berlin W
ROLAND FLAMINI, Chief International Correspondent

U.S. pledges $ 2.1 bn for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday the United States has announced an additional $1 billion for the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

China to forgive old Afghan debt

BEIJING, March 28 (UPI) -- The Chinese government says it has decided to write off an $18 million debt the Afghan government owed.

UPI Hears ...

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Insider notes from United Press International for March 10.

Karzai's minister quits

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- President Hamid Karzai's efforts to instill financial discipline in his government triggered the departure of one of his ministers, diplomatic sources say.

Wolfensohn calls for 'implementation'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- World Bank President Jim Wolfensohn said Thursday the time for reflection on development initiatives, which had been central to past meetings, was over, that consultation, including of civil society had been done, and that now what he wanted to see was im
IAN CAMPBELL, UPI Chief Economics Correspondent

Analysis: West wonders about Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's behavior during and after the loya jirga grand council, followed by the assassination of a second government minister in recent months, is breeding concern among American and British diplomats in the region that the West ma
ANDREW BUSHELL
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