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Democracy in a Volatile Region: Afghanistan Chooses a President

Afghans go to the polls in a presidential run-off between two candidates who are both former members of outgoing President Hamid Karzai's cabinet. We explore what new leadership means for everyday life in Afghanistan and the region.


In A First, Afghanistan Is Set To Change Leaders At The Ballot Box

In a country shaped by warlords, Saturday's presidential election features two urbane men with doctorates vying to replace Hamid Karzai. Both want close U.S. relations, including a security deal.

Bergdahl Back In The U.S. To Continue Recovery

The Army sergeant spent five years as a captive of the Taliban. He arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio early this morning after spending nearly two weeks recuperating in Germany.

Shiite Leaders Urge Iraqis To Rise Up Against Sunni Extremists

The militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria already controls the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, and has now taken towns in Diyalah province.

Iraq's Army Stumbles Because U.S. Left Too Quickly, Analyst Says

As Sunni militants march toward Baghdad, government control in many northern areas has collapsed. Renee Montagne talks to Vali Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

World Cup's First Day Marred By Protests

Riot police in Sao Paulo used tear gas and stun grenades against protesters angry over Brazil's attention to the World Cup over the needs of its people. The violence came before the first game began.

Iraq's Army Is Ineffective Against Islamist Insurgents

There are reports of Iraqi government troops just fleeing, dropping their weapons and shedding their uniforms. The U.S. spent a lot of time and money training Iraqi forces.

Afghans To Decide Successor To Karzai On Saturday

Renee Montagne talks to Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan presidential frontrunner. Abdullah faces a runoff with Ashraf Ghani to determine who will succeed embattled Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Taliban Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Was To Be Part Of Bigger Deal

The exchange of detainees for Bowe Bergdahl was supposed to be part of a bigger peace process. Renee Montagne talks to Marc Grossman, former U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Brazil Gets World Cup Started With 3-1 Win Over Croatia

The 2014 World Cup is officially underway. Before the opening game, there were several protests around the country. But the revelry and excitement after the match captured the most attention.