Afghan presidential candidate and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission said initial results based on 10 per cent of the vote from 26 out of 34 provinces showed former (...)

An Independent Election Commission worker makes an inventory of ballot boxes at IEC headquarters in Kabul yesterday. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan’s presidential election, and the Taliban’s failure to derail the vote, has raised questions about(...)

An Afghan woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections in Kabul yesterday. Photograph: S Sabawoon/EPA

A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan’s presidential election and the Taliban’s failure to significantly disrupt the vote has raised qu(...)

Afghanistan’s presidential election drew to a close today amid relief that attacks by Taliban fighters were fewer than feared for a vote that w(...)

An Afghan man tries to control his donkey loaded with ballot boxes. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

Afghanistan holds a presidential election today that is hoped will lead to the first democratic transfer of power in its history. Presid(...)

Habiba Sarobi, centre, former governor of Bamian Province, who is running for vice president, stands for the Afghan National anthem before speaking in Kabul, on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Mariam Wardak is one of those young Afghans with her feet in two worlds. At 28, she has spent much of her adult life in Afghanistan, but she grew u(...)

A spokesman for the president’s office said 19 soldiers were killed in the attack and six are missing. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

The Afghan Taliban killed 19 soldiers in an assault today in a remote mountainous region, the Afghan government said, and six soldiers were mis(...)

Afghan soldiers  at the Bagram detainee centre, where the 65 prisoners were released yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

The Afghan government has released 65 prisoners who the US says are dangerous fighters with American and Afgh(...)

Bagram Prison, the outskirts of Kabul, being handed over by the US military to the Afghan authorities on March 25th, 2013. Photograph: S Sabawoon/EPA

The Afghan government began releasing prisoners on Thursday despite the objections of the US military, which said they were dangerous insurgent(...)

Jan Kubis, special representative of the secretary-general and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), shows a report during a news conference in Kabul today. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

War took an increasing toll on Afghanistan’s civilians in 2013 as fighting intensified between the government and insurgents, the United Nations said (...)

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