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Chaotic Afghan parliamentary elections enter second day

KABUL: (Web Desk) Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have entered a second day following violence and chaos that caused delays and interruptions on the first day of polling. Independent Elections Commission Chairman Abdul Badi Sayat says over 3 million people out of 8.8 million registered voters cast their ballots on Saturday. …

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Multiple blasts rock Kabul as Afghans line up to vote

KABUL: (Web Desk) Afghanistan’s long-delayed parliamentary elections dissolve into chaos as blasts rock polling centers across Kabul, forcing authorities to extend voting in some constituencies to Sunday. According to acting Health Ministry spokesman Mohibullah Zeer, at least three people were killed and more than 30 wounded in Saturday attacks which …

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Afghanistan braces for militant attacks as polling centres open

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghans are bracing for more deadly violence on Saturday as voting gets under way in the long-delayed legislative election that the Taliban has vowed to attack.Polling centres opened at 7:00 am (0230 GMT) across the war-torn country, with some 54,000 security forces deployed to protect them.But there …

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Powerful Afghan police chief killed in shooting on US security meeting

KANDAHAR (Web Desk) A powerful Afghan police chief and a journalist were among at least three people killed on Thursday when a gunman opened fire on a high-level security meeting attended by top US commander General Scott Miller, officials said.At least 12 people were wounded, including three Americans and a …

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Afghan parliament candidate killed in explosion

KABUL (Web Desk) A former envoy for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and a nominee in the upcoming parliamentary polls, was killed in an explosion in his campaign office on Wednesday, becoming the 10th candidate to lose his life in a series of attacks targeting the election process on Saturday.A spokesman …

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Three million Afghans in urgent need of food: UN

KABUL (Web Desk) At least three million Afghans are in “urgent” need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned Monday, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory.A dry spell mainly across northern and western Afghanistan has devastated …

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Taliban attacks kill, injure dozens of Afghan forces

KABUL (Web Desk) Taliban militants in Afghanistan have killed and wounded dozens of Afghan police forces, including a provincial police chief, in heavy fighting in the northern and central parts of the country, just ahead of parliamentary polls that the militants have vowed to disrupt.Clashes took place in the Darah …

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Afghan Taliban say will continue talks with US peace envoy

KABUL (Web Desk) Taliban leaders will continue to have discussions with the newly appointed US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, the group said on Saturday, a move that could accelerate diplomatic engagement between the warring sides.Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born US diplomat, met Taliban leaders in Qatar on Friday in …

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Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 22 security forces

KABUL (Web Desk) Taliban militants killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week.The Taliban have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in their battle to …

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