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Afghanistan's election commission says President Hamid Karzai still has a big lead with ballots now counted from almost half the country's voting stations.

Karzai ahead, but fraud claims persist

Hamid Karzai is expected in the next 48 hours to reach 50 per cent of votes cast in the Afghan elections, based on a partial count, giving him a theoretical victory in the race if the figures are reflected nationally.

Gordon Brown makes surprise visit to rally forces in Helmand

As the premier hints more troops may be sent to support a new surge, a Royal Marine is killed

Brown pledges more support for British troops

Gordon Brown today promised more support for British troops in Afghanistan as he sought to quell criticism that they are under-resourced.

American rift with Karzai worsens over 'drug-dealer' ally

US envoy's row with Afghan president tests fraying relationship further

Fraud claims cloud growing Karzai lead

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Soldier dies in hospital after Afghanistan blast

A British solider has died today more than a week after he was wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

Afghan election heads for deadlock

Car bombs cast pall over vote count

Leading article: An election still dogged by uncertainty and danger

Afghanistan's poll had many defects, but the result is not yet discredited

Narrow lead for Karzai in Afghanistan election

President Hamid Karzai holds a narrow lead in the Afghanistan election, according to preliminary results announced today as the deaths of four US troops made this the bloodiest year for coalition forces since operations began in 2001.

Sparks fly as US puts awkward questions to Karzai

Hamid Karzai has had a frosty meeting with Barack Obama's Afghan envoy, Richard Holbrooke, over a second round run-off in the presidential election and the deals that the incumbent President struck with warlords, according to Afghan and Western sources. The talks between Mr Holbrooke and Mr Karzai are said to have lasted lass than 30 minutes, while Mr Holbrooke's meeting with the rival presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, reportedly went on for almost three hours.

Abdullah's supporters threaten to take up arms over 'rigged' election

In northern Afghanistan, where opposition to Hamid Karzai is strong, the mood is darkening

Afghan challenger accuses Karzai of vote-rigging

The chief challenger in the Afghan presidential elections has accused incumbent Hamid Karzai of being personally responsible for vote-rigging, in the most direct attack so far against his former boss.

Spectre of unrest looms after Afghan polls marred by fraud

Allegations of intimidation, ballot-box stuffing and miscounting threaten the country's fragile democracy. Kim Sengupta reports from Nad-e-Ali, Helmand

Rival claims of victory stoke tensions after Afghan vote

Plea to wait for official election result ignored by President Karzai and his chief challenger Abdullah
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