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  1. Afghans Turn Out to Vote, Despite Taliban Threats

    Voting hours were extended nationwide as, despite rain, cold and threats of Taliban violence, Afghans turned out in force for Saturday’s presidential election. “I have suffered so much from the fighting and I want prosperity and security in Afghanistan. That is why I have come here to cast my vote,” said a housewife who was first in line at her polling station This is the third presidential election since the fall of the Taliban, with Afghans choosing a successor to two-term President Hamid Karzai. But the shooting of two Associated Press journalists, one of whom was killed, cast a shadow over voting day.

    Sources: NPR, Al Jazeera, NYT

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