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U.S. congratulates Afghanistan on 'historic' presidential elections

U.S. congratulates Afghanistan on 'historic' presidential elections

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated Afghanistan for a successful voter turnout for Saturday's presidential elections.
JC Finley
Extremely high voter turnout in Afghan elections despite Taliban threat

Extremely high voter turnout in Afghan elections despite Taliban threat

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 6 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's third presidential election saw remarkably high voter turnout despite threats of violence from the Taliban.
Aileen Graef
Afghanistan election held despite threat of violence

Afghanistan election held despite threat of violence

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 5 (UPI) -- Despite Taliban threat, very little violence during Afghanistan's first democratic election in modern history.
Danielle Haynes

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UPI Almanac for Friday, March 28, 2014.
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Donald Rumsfeld: a 'trained ape' could do better on foreign policy than Obama

Donald Rumsfeld: a 'trained ape' could do better on foreign policy than Obama

March 25 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Fox News, "a trained ape" would be better at U.S.-Afghan relations than President Obama.
Aileen Graef

British provincial team ends work in Helmand

LONDON, March 20 (UPI) -- Thursday is the final working day for a British provincial reconstruction team in the Afghan province of Helmand, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 18 (UPI) -- Free and fair elections in Afghanistan are crucial for the country's successful future, U.N. deputy envoy Nicholas Haysom said Tuesday.
Karzai resolved not to sign Bilateral Security Agreement

Karzai resolved not to sign Bilateral Security Agreement

March 17 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave his final address to parliament Saturday, reiterating his opposition to signing the Bilateral Service Agreement with the U.S.
JC Finley
Karzai: Parts of Pakistani government aid terrorists

Karzai: Parts of Pakistani government aid terrorists

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 15 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai charged Saturday that Pakistan is supporting terrorism because it wants a regime in Afghanistan it can control.
Afghan vote won't be trouble-free, U.N.'s Ban says

Afghan vote won't be trouble-free, U.N.'s Ban says

UNITED NATIONS, March 13 (UPI) -- Provincial council and presidential elections in Afghanistan will likely have some flaws, a report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

Afghan right to vote critical, U.N. envoy says

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 12 (UPI) -- The right of all Afghans to take part in provincial council and presidential elections in April must be protected, U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis said Wednesday.

Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, 57, dies

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 9 (UPI) -- Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, who has been the country's vice president twice, died Sunday, the presidential palace said. He was 57.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's wife gives birth in India

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's wife gives birth in India

GURGAON, India, March 7 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's wife gave birth to the couple's third child at a hospital in India, officials said.
Karzai's brother steps down from presidential race

Karzai's brother steps down from presidential race

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 6 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother Thursday stepped down from the presidential race and endorsed one of his brother's rivals, officials said.
Afghan military needs strong leadership, general says

Afghan military needs strong leadership, general says

BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 5 (UPI) -- Afghanistan needs "strong management and leadership" as it prepares to meet its future national security needs, a general said from Azerbaijan.
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Hamid Karzai, GCMG (Pashto: حامد کرزی, Ḥāmid Karzay; born 24 December 1957) is the 12th and current President of Afghanistan, taking office on 7 December 2004. He became a dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001. During the December 2001 International Conference on Afghanistan in Germany, Karzai was selected by prominent Afghan political figures to serve a six month term as Chairman of the Interim Administration.

He was then chosen for a two year term as Interim President during the 2002 loya jirga (grand assembly) that was held in Kabul, Afghanistan. After the 2004 presidential election, Karzai was declared winner and became President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He won a second five-year-term in the 2009 presidential election.

Karzai was born on 24 December 1957 in the village of Karz, located on the edge of Kandahar City in southern Afghanistan. He is an ethnic Pashtun of the Popalzai tribe. His father, Abdul Ahad Karzai, served as the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament during the 1960s. His grandfather, Khair Mohammad Khan, had served in the 1919 Afghanistan's war of independence and as the Deputy Speaker of the Senate. Karzai's family were strong supporters of Zahir Shah, the last king of Afghanistan. His uncle, Habibullah Karzai, served as representative of Afghanistan at the UN and is said to have accompanied King Zahir Shah in the early 1960s to the United States for a special meeting with U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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