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Afghanistan elections

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Women walk past a policeman near a polling station in Jalalabad. Afghanistan's third presidential election brings an end to 13 years of rule by Hamid Karzai, who has held power since the Taliban were ousted in a US-led invasion in 2001, and will be the first democratic handover of power in the country's turbulent history.

Noorullah Shirzada / AFP
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A man casts his vote at a polling station in Kabul.

Shah Marai / AFP
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Voters line up to cast their ballots in Herat.

Jalil Rezayee / EPA
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Women in burqas cast their ballots in Kabul.

Shah Marai / AFP
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A police officer stands guard while voters line up outside a polling station and cast their ballots in Kabul. Voting was largely peaceful, with only isolated attacks on polling stations.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP
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Women line up outside a polling station in Kabul.

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An man shows his inked finger after casting his vote in Jalalabad.

Rahmat Gul / AP
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A woman looks through a window as she waits for her turn to vote in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Zohra Bensemra / X90036
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