Secretary of State John Kerry greets Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah at the American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Pool via The New York Times

US secretary of state John Kerry began a series of meetings in Kabul yesterday in the hopes of finding a way out of a presidential election crisis tha(...)

Abdullah Abdullah (centre) at a Kabul rally yesterday at which supporters urged him to form his own government. Photograph: Diego Ibarra Sanchez/New York Times

The US threatened yesterday to scrap security and financial support to Afghanistan if a deepening crisis over the disputed presidential election en(...)

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has told thousands of supporters he plans to declare victory as he claimed massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results putting his rival ahead. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has told thousands of supporters he plans to declare victory as he claimed massive fraud was responsib(...)

Ashraf Ghani (centre) who has been announced the winner in Afghanistan’s presidential run-off against former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah. Photograph: Parwiz Sabawoon/EPA

Afghanistan declared former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani the winner of last month’s presidential election run-off on Monday on preliminary results(...)

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah announced last week he was withdrawing from the election process, accusing incumbent Hamid Karzai and the country’s chief electoral officer a rival candidate rig the vote. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Afghanistan’s leadership crisis has deepened after one presidential candidate released audio recordings that he said captured a senior election offici(...)

 Afghan voters whose fingers were cut by Taliban militants for casting their ballot, receive medical treatment at a hospital in Herat, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Eleven people, including election workers, were killed in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb blew up their bus, the governor of the northern province o(...)

Afghan border policemen cast their ballot at a polling station during presidential elections run-off, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan today. Photograph: Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA

Afghans headed back to the polls today for a second round of voting to elect a successor to president Hamid Karzai in a decisive test of Afghanistan’s(...)

Afghan police investigate the site of a suicide attack which saw two bombs exploded outside a hotel in western Kabul where Afghan presidential frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah was holding a rally. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters.

Two bombs exploded outside a hotel in western Kabul where Afghan presidential frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah was holding a rally, striking his car and (...)

 Independent Election Commission  Chief Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani (centre) arrives at a press conference, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: EPA

The Afghan election is headed for a second round run-off in mid-June between Abdullah Abdullah, a former opposition leader, and ex-World Bank economis(...)

Abdullah Abdullah, the frontrunner in Afghanistan’s elections, insists optimistically that Afghans have “risen beyond” ethnic politics. And his(...)