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Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll

The secretary of state has been meeting with the candidates, as well as outgoing leader Hamid Karzai, in an effort to broker a deal.
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A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers

Service members are prescribed narcotic painkillers three times as often as civilians. For some vets, dependence on those pills becomes a bigger problem than their original ailment.
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Afghan Civilians Suffer During Violent Year

There is renewed fighting in Kandahar as the outcome of the Afghan presidential election remains uncertain. And a new U.N. report says civilian casualties are up significantly from a year ago.
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Early Vote Tallies Speed The Sparring Between Afghan Candidates

Preliminary voting tallies in the Afghan presidential election, released Monday, did little to ease a brewing political crisis. The losing candidate continued to claim fraud, declaring himself the winner instead. Meanwhile, the U.S. is warning of a power grab.
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Afghan Election Numbers Come With A Warning: Results Not Final

More than three weeks after a runoff vote in Afghanistan's presidential elections, preliminary results have been released. Candidate Ashraf Ghani has a wide lead, but audits are yet to come.
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Early Afghan Vote Count Gives Ex-Finance Minister The Lead

The result is unlikely to quell claims from Ashraf Ghani's rival, Abdullah Abdullah, that the election was fraudulent. Abdullah easily won the first round of voting, but now trails by a million votes.
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Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani had about a million more votes than Abdullah Abdullah, who had been considered the front-runner. Abdullah has charged massive fraud in the election.
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In Islamabad, A Rare Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly

One of the few piano teachers in Pakistan's capital is determined to keep his art alive. To avoid being victimized by hard-line Islamists, he teaches on digital keyboards with the volume dialed down.
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Last-Minute Audits Build Little Confidence In Afghan Elections

The election impasse continues in Afghanistan. Preliminary results are due on Monday, following an audit of ballots, but Abdullah Abdullah, who is trailing his rival, says he won't accept the results.
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Afghanistan's Slow-Motion Election Strains A Fragile Country

The presidential vote was held in April. The two-man runoff came on June 14. Preliminary results expected Wednesday have been delayed as one candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, claims widespread fraud.

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