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President Hamid Karzai and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah positioned themselves today as the winner of Afghanistan's presidential election, one day after millions of Afghans braved dozens of militant attacks to cast ballots.

Robert Fisk: Democracy will not bring freedom

So they voted. But for what? Democracy? Certainly not "Jeffersonian" democracy, as President Obama reminded us. Yes, the Afghans wanted to vote. They showed great courage in the face of the Taliban's threats. But there's a problem.

In Afghanistan the bombs went off – but still millions voted

Against a backdrop of Taliban attacks, half the Afghan electorate turn out to have their say on the future of this war-torn state

Malalai Joya: Don't be fooled by this democratic façade – the people are betrayed

In hiding and in fear of her life, the Afghan MP and women's rights campaigner says the warlords have already won

Will Afghans defy Taliban and flock to the ballot box?

West fears over low turnout in Pashtun belt after brutal campaign of intimidation

Bomb strikes Nato convoy in Kabul

A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a Nato convoy on the outskirts of Kabul today killing at least seven people and wounding more than 50.

Soldiers killed in Afghanistan blast named

Three soldiers killed in a blast in Afghanistan ahead of this week's elections were today named by the Ministry of Defence.

Rocket hits palace two days before Afghan vote

A Taliban rocket struck the grounds of Afghanistan's presidential palace today, just two days before incumbent Hamid Karzai seeks re-election in tense polls that could go to a second round.

Now brutal warlord holds key to Afghan poll

Election overshadowed by Taliban threats and intervention of notorious mujahedin

Afghan women to miss out on vote in landmark election

Millions of Afghan women will be denied their chance to vote in presidential elections this week because there aren't enough female officials to staff the women-only polling stations.

Taliban send a deadly warning to Afghan voters

As the country prepares for elections this week, a car bomb has killed seven in Kabul. Rahim Faiez, Jason Straziuso and Fisnik Abrashi report

Karzai's secret U-turn on Afghan rape law

President sneaks through legislation without approval of parliament

Battle for hearts and votes reaches Taliban heartland

The ballots in Pashtun region could settle next week's crucial poll. Kim Sengupta reports from Helmand

Secret deal to keep Karzai in power

Afghan President's alliance with rival designed to prevent civil war after election

Obama ready to cut Karzai adrift

As support for Afghan leader wanes, rivals go to Washington for meeting with new President
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