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Afghanistan executes five men convicted of gang rape

Afghanistan executes five men convicted of gang rape

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 8 (UPI) --Five men convicted last month of gang rape were hanged Wednesday at Pul-e-Charkhi prison east of Kabul.
JC Finley

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghanistan's new president

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghanistan's new president

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 29 (UPI) --Ashraf Ghani was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan's new president and its first democratically-elected leader.
JC Finley, Ed Adamczyk
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
By United Press International
Afghan presidential candidate says government formation talks 'deadlocked'

Afghan presidential candidate says government formation talks 'deadlocked'

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 8 (UPI) --With the results of Afghanistan's presidential vote audit expected within days, Abdullah Abdullah said Monday government formation talks are "deadlocked."
JC Finley
Afghan men sentenced to death in rape case

Afghan men sentenced to death in rape case

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 7 (UPI) --An Afghan court sentenced seven men accused in the Aug. 23 rape of four women to death Sunday for charges of adultery and armed robbery.
Fred Lambert
U.N. predicts Afghan presidential vote audit to take until Sept. 10

U.N. predicts Afghan presidential vote audit to take until Sept. 10

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 28 (UPI) --The U.N.'s special representative to Afghanistan announced on Thursday that Afghanistan's presidential vote audit is expected to conclude on September 10.
JC Finley
U.N. recommits to Afghan vote audit despite campaign withdrawals

U.N. recommits to Afghan vote audit despite campaign withdrawals

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 27 (UPI) --The U.N. said Wednesday it is committed to supervising Afghanistan's presidential vote audit despite the withdrawal of the two candidates from the process.
JC Finley
Taliban launches Afghanistan offensive

Taliban launches Afghanistan offensive

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 19 (UPI) --A major Taliban offensive in Afghanistan's Logar province has begun, Afghan officials said Tuesday.
Ed Adamczyk
Afghan presidential candidates commit to expedited vote audit

Afghan presidential candidates commit to expedited vote audit

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 8 (UPI) --Afghan's two presidential candidates recommitted Friday to a vote audit agreed to last month that has been slow-moving.
JC Finley
John Kerry in Kabul to meet with presidential candidates amid slowed vote audit

John Kerry in Kabul to meet with presidential candidates amid slowed vote audit

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul on Thursday to meet with Afghan leaders and presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.
JC Finley
Afghan presidential audit resumes after brief suspension

Afghan presidential audit resumes after brief suspension

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) --Afghanistan's presidential election audit resumed Sunday afternoon after a brief suspension.
JC Finley
Cousin of Karzai killed in suicide bombing

Cousin of Karzai killed in suicide bombing

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 29 (UPI) --Hashmat Karzai, a cousin of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, was killed by a suicide bomber, officials reported.
Ed Adamczyk
Car bomb explosion kills 89 in Afghanistan

Car bomb explosion kills 89 in Afghanistan

July 15 (UPI) -- A car bomb explosion Tuesday killed at least 89 people in eastern Afghanistan's relatively calm Paktika province.
Ed Adamczyk
Afghanistan to undertake presidential election audit before announcing victor

Afghanistan to undertake presidential election audit before announcing victor

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 14 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry announced Saturday during his visit to Kabul that Afghanistan will undertake an audit of the presidential run-off votes.
JC Finley
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai takes a question from a reporter in the East Room of the White House after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on May 12, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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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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