Hamid Karzai

Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree to Power-Sharing Deal

Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai and incoming president Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. (Photo by Associated Press)

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal Sunday, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. The incoming president -- Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai -- and Abdullah A... more

Karzai's Cousin Killed By Afghan Suicide Bomber

A cousin of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai was killed by a suicide bomber, officials reported. Hashmat Karzai, a security company chief and campaign manager for Ashraf Ghani -- one of two people seeking election as president -- greeted a well-wisher at his home in Kandahar, Afghanistan, during the post-Radaman Eid celebration when the visit... more

Afghans Line Up to Vote in Presidential Runoff

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Amid tight security, Afghans lined up Saturday to vote in a presidential runoff between two candidates who both promise to improve ties with the West and combat corruption as they confront a powerful Taliban insurgency and preside over the withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of the year.   Whoever wins faces majo... more

Afghans Flock to Polls to Vote for New Leader

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power.   Amid tight security, men in traditional tunics and loose trousers, and women covered in burqas lined up at polling centers more t... more

Karzai Says Afghanistan Doesn't Need US Troops

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave at the end of the year because his military, which already protects 93 percent of the country, was ready to take over entirely. He reiterated his stance that he would not sign a pact with the ... more

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