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Ambassador James Cunningham signs Bilateral Security Agreement pledging 'our mutual commitment to maintain and strengthen the enduring partnership'.
A new Bilateral Security Agreement between Washington and Afghanistan was signed Tuesday, allowing some U.S. troops to remain there beyond 2014.
Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in Ashraf Ghani who pledged a "new chapter" in foreign relations.
Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, who have been at odds since a disputed presidential election, will split power under a deal, sources said.
The Secretary of State has met with Afghan leaders, including outgoing President Hamid Karzai, to help the presidential elections to move forward.
Kerry will press for a thorough review "of all reasonable allegations of fraud," which would entail doing significant additional audits.
The White House said Obama told both candidates that the U.S. expects fraud allegations to be thoroughly reviewed.
Ashraf Ghani has ruled out sharing power with his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, quashing hopes for a deal to defuse tensions that have threatened to split Afghanistan along ethnic lines.
Former Foreign Minister and candidate Abdullah Abdullah has accused electoral officials and others of trying to rig the June 14 vote against him.
A blast killed 11 people in Afghanistan, including four election workers. The Taliban cut off nearly a dozen people's fingers to punish them for voting.
As most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014, whoever takes over from President Hamid Karzai will inherit a troubled country.
"President Karzai followed the line in the past few years especially which [was] very much anti-American and anti-international community."
It was the first such attack during the election campaign, which has entered a runoff between Abdullah and ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
Afghanistan's former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah won more votes than his rivals, but not enough to avoid a runoff.
Ex-minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the presidential race, but with only half the votes counted, he does not look to have won outright.
Initial election results put Afghan opposition figure Abdullah Abdullah in the lead on Sunday.
"Election fraud did take place and it might not have been a small amount," the head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Complaints Commission says.
Inside Tolo News, young, educated Afghans bring hope and optimism to nation's future.
Lotfullah Najafizada, news director at Afghanistan's Tolo News, says the past decade was not one of war for his generation, but one of peace.
A roadside bomb killed two Afghan election workers and destroyed dozens of ballot papers in northern Afghanistan on Sunday.
Afghan voters lined up for blocks at polling stations nationwide on Saturday despite threats of violence by the Taliban.
NBC's Richard Engel says that both men, and women, appear to be turning out in large numbers to vote, despite threats by the Taliban to disrupt the polls.
Thirteen years after a U.S. invasion toppled the Taliban, some Afghans harbor doubts and fears about casting a ballot in the country's third election.
There were scattered reports of violence aimed at polling stations and voters across the country.
Friday’s attack on the reporters from the AP casts many doubts on the Afghan security forces. if they can’t be trusted, this country could have a rocky future.
German photographer Anja Niedringhaus spoke with ZDF about her war photography during an exhibition of her work in Berlin 2011
Afghanistan embarks Saturday on its first democratic transition of power.
Afghanistan heads into its first democratic transition of power amid tight security after a series of militant attacks in the heart of the country’s capital.
Richard Engel anchors a live webcast from Kabul.
How the elections go will determine, in part, whether America’s 13-year intervention in Afghanistan has been a success or failure.
"Afghanistan will become the center of terrorism again within one month" of a full U.S. troop withdrawal, according to a contender to replace Hamid Karzai.
The shooting comes ahead of presidential elections on Saturday and a spike in violence against journalists in the country.
The Taliban claims responsibility and warns of more violence ahead of Saturday's presidential elections.
A recent spree of violent attacks left a 2-year-old boy orphaned and fighting for his life in Kabul.
Kabul has become more violent, as insurgents have increased attacks and more frequently targeted foreigners and Afghanistan’s elite.
Afghanistan will vote on April 5 to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai and to decide the make-up of 34 provincial councils.
NBC's Richard Engel explains how attacks in the run-up to Afghanistan presidential elections are giving both the Taliban and the government opportunities to show they are in control.
Militants were fighting government forces who had surrounded the election commission building and a neighboring one where the attackers had holed up.
Explosions and gunfire are heard as Afghan forces surround the election commission headquarters, which were under Taliban attack.
The building comes under heavy rocket and machine-gun fire from militants, who claim to have entered compound.
Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attend an election rally in Mazar-I-Shariff, northern Afghanistan on Friday.
Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists.
Polished politicians are standing alongside notorious ex-jihadist warlords in Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power on Saturday.