Today in History for November 13th

Highlights of this day in history: Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated; Taliban regime flees Afghan capital; President Bill Clinton to pay Paula Jones; Alabama’s top judge removed amid Ten Commandments flap; ‘Lion King’ opens on Broadway. (Nov. 13)

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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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Today in History for September 27th

Highlights of this day in history: Warren Commission concludes Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in JFK’s assassination; Taliban captures Afghanistan’s capital; First steam locomotive to haul passengers; ‘The Tonight Show’ premieres. (Sept. 27)

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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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Director’s cut: the Afghan woman making waves at all-male film board | AFP

In the dilapidated offices of Afghanistan’s state-run film board, where old movie reels are stacked in rusting canisters, Sahraa Karimi heads the all-male team she hopes will help drag the nation’s cinema from the lingering shadow of Taliban rule.

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Taliban claim attacks at president’s rally, Kabul

The Taliban have claimed a deadly attack in northern Afghanistan that targeted President Ashraf Ghani’s campaign rally, killing 24 people, and another attack, a Kabul explosion near the U.S. Embassy. (Sept. 17)

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Blast near Afghan presidential rally kills at least 24 | AFP

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least 24 people near a campaign rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, with the insurgents warning of more violence ahead of elections. IMAGES

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Aghans look ahead to election after Trump ends Taliban talks | AFP

Aghans look ahead to elections after Trump ends Taliban talks. US President Donald Trump pledged to hit the Taliban “harder” than ever as America on Wednesday marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that led the country into war in Afghanistan.

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Here’s the latest for Monday, September 9th: President Trump says talks with the Taliban are ‘dead’; UK’s House of Commons Speaker to step down; U.S. Coast Guard worked to rescue missing cargo crew members; Shiite Muslims mark holy day of Ashoura.

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Trump: Talks with Taliban are ‘dead’

U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are now “dead,” President Donald Trump declared Monday, one day after he abruptly canceled a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan leaders aimed at ending America’s longest war. (Sept. 9)

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Here’s the latest for Monday September 9th: Trump calls off Taliban talks; Bahamas hurricane death toll climbs; Cargo ship on its side off Georgia; Republican Mark Sanford running for president.

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Afghanistan focused on peace despite Trump | AFP

The Afghan presidency says US President Donald Trump’s calling off of talks with the Taliban reflects concerns raised in Afghanistan, and that the country is still focussed on peace.

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Kabul blast toll rises as US tries to finalise Taliban deal | AFP

A massive blast in a residential area of Kabul kills at least 16 people, following yet another Taliban attack that came as the insurgents and Washington try to finalise a withdrawal deal.

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Dunford: Afghanistan pullout is ‘conditions-based’

The top U.S. military officer says it’s too early to talk about a full American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, as peace talks with the Taliban appear to be near a final agreement. (Aug. 28)

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Trump: I could end Afghanistan war ‘in a week’

Donald Trump says he can win the war in Afghanistan in a week, but that he doesn’t want to kill millions of people and wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the earth.” He’s trying to persuade Pakistan to help get a deal with the Taliban. (July 22)

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