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Here’s the latest for Saturday, February 22th: Sanders takes early lead in Nevada; Afghans welcome week-long truce; Charter bus rollover kills 3, injures 18 outside San Diego; Felt boot production still strong after centuries of the craft.

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Partial truce begins in Afghanistan, boosting peace hopes | AFP

Afghans wake up to a week-long partial truce after the Taliban, the US and local forces all agreed to a lull that could be a major turning point in the long conflict.

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Afghans react to President Ashraf Ghani’s reelection | AFP

Afghans react after President Ashraf Ghani secures a second term, according to final results, lining him up to become the man negotiating with the Taliban over the war-torn country’s future if the US agrees to withdraw its troops.

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Winter scrum: Afghans enjoy rugby in the snow | AFP

Afghans participate in the first-ever snow rugby tournament held by the Afghanistan Rugby Federation in Kabul.

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Afghans mourn Japanese doctor’s death | AFP

Distressed Afghans hold vigils to mourn a beloved Japanese doctor who transformed barren swaths of eastern Afghanistan and spent decades caring for the sick.

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Residents return after IS losses in east Afghanistan | AFP

Afghans in Nangarhar province had seen their share of hardship after war ravaged their country for decades — but few were prepared for the arrival of the Islamic State group. Now some have begun returning home after Afghan military officials announced that IS’s Afghan branch had been completely defeated in Nangarhar.

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Driving brings joy and fear for Afghan women | AFP

Parisa Haidary guides her minivan through Kabul’s congested traffic, attracting astonished stares, smiles and expression of shock from other Afghans in an ultra-conservative society.

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Driving brings joy and fear for Afghan women | AFP

Parisa Haidary guides her minivan through Kabul’s congested traffic, attracting astonished stares, smiles and expression of shock from other Afghans in an ultra-conservative society.

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Afghan Elvis’s legacy endures, decades after his death | AFP

Ahmad Zaher, better known as Afghanistan’s Elvis Presley, a pop culture sensation and the son of Afghanistan’s former prime minister, remains popular among generations of Afghans both at home and abroad four decades after his death at age 33.

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Afghans went to the polls to elect new president

Afghanistan’s presidential polls closed Saturday amid fears that accusations of fraud and misconduct could overwhelm any election results, while insurgent attacks aimed at disrupting voting in the country caused dozens of casualties. (Sept. 28)

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Afghans cast ballots in presidential election | AFP

Afghans cast ballots in the country’s presidential election, with as series of blasts reported across the nation, marking the end of a bloody election campaign in which the Taliban unleashed a string of bombings. IMAGES

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Young Afghans give their take on presidential election | AFP

Young Afghans share their thoughts about Saturday’s presidential elections. The country’s fourth presidential vote since the Taliban’s fall from power in 2001 will be held as increasing uncertainty grips the country. IMAGES AND VOXPOPS

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Afghans fear violence, fraud as presidential vote looms | AFP

Ordinary Afghans are divided on whether to defy the Taliban’s threats and cast their ballots in a presidential election this week, and even those who are willing to vote fear the poll will be tainted by fraud. There are 18 candidates competing for the presidency including incumbent president Ashraf Ghani, and his chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. . SEE ALSO VIDEO 1KJ5FP.

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Afghans divided on whether to vote in presidential election | AFP

Ordinary Afghans are divided on whether to defy the Taliban’s threats and cast their ballots in a presidential election this week, and even those who are willing to vote fear the poll will be tainted by fraud. There are 18 candidates competing for the presidency including incumbent president Ashraf Ghani, and his chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

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The breakdancers of Kabul | AFP

In a land scarred by suicide bombings and unending war, a group of Afghans have turned to breakdancing for stress relief and self expression — even as fears of a Taliban return to power spark concerns of a crackdown on the arts.

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War-hardened Afghans discover a new sport: rugby | AFP

Essentially unheard of before the arrival of international forces, rugby has slowly begun to pick up steam in Afghanistan, where football, cricket and body-building are better known.

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War-hardened Afghans discover a new sport: rugby | AFP

Essentially unheard of before the arrival of international forces, rugby has slowly begun to pick up steam in Afghanistan, where football, cricket and body-building are better known.

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Afghans hope for ceasefire, peace during Eid | AFP

Afghans hope for peace during Eid as the latest round of US-Taliban talks continue ahead of the religious holiday, known as the festival of sacrifice celebrated by Muslims around the world.

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Afghan rivals conclude talks on ‘roadmap for peace’ | AFP

Dozens of influential Afghans concluded two days of talks with the Taliban on Monday in Doha, laying the foundations for renewed negotiations between the United States and the militants.

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Closing session of the Intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha | AFP

Dozens of powerful Afghans conclude two-days of talks with the Taliban in Doha, laying the foundations for renewed negotiations between the US and the militants. IMAGES

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