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Abdullah leads in Afghan election but short of majority

KABUL (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan's next president, according to the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday, but is short of an outright majority. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on almost 50 percent of the vote from the 34 provinces showed Abdullah in the lead with 44.4 percent, followed by Ashraf Ghani with 33.2 percent. (Reporting by Jeremy Laurence; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Abdullah strengthens Afghan poll lead to 11 points

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan's presidential election by 11 percentage points after half of the ballots were counted, officials said Sunday, with a run-off vote likely next month. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Abdullah was on 44.4 percent with former World Bank economist Ghani on 33.2 percent of the ballots so far counted from April 5, when eight candidates contested the race to succeed Hamid Karzai.

Abdullah strengthens Afghan poll lead to 11 points

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan's presidential election by 11 percentage points after half of the ballots were counted, officials said Sunday, with a run-off vote likely next month. The Independent Election Commission said Abdullah was on 44.4 percent with former World Bank economist Ghani on 33.2 percent as counting continues. Eight candidates stood in the April 5 election to succeed Hamid Karzai. mam/bgs/sm

More Afghan poll results due as Abdullah in small lead

Afghanistan was set on Sunday to release further results from its presidential election after early counting put former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah ahead of his main rival Ashraf Ghani. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said that the second batch of results would be declared at about 1230 GMT in the race to succeed President Hamid Karzai as US troops withdraw from the country. It was unclear how many ballots would be declared, but election officials have repeatedly warned that the partial results may not reflect the final count due out on May 14.

More Afghan poll results due as Abdullah in small lead

Afghanistan was set on Sunday to release further results from its presidential election after early counting put former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah ahead of his main rival Ashraf Ghani. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said that the second batch of results would be declared at about 1230 GMT in the race to succeed President Hamid Karzai as US troops withdraw from the country. It was unclear how many ballots would be declared, but election officials have repeatedly warned that the partial results may not reflect the final count due out on May 14.

Malala portrait up for auction in New York

A portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, is expected to fetch up to $80,000 for her charity when it is auctioned in New York next month. By Jonathan Yeo, one of Britain's leading portrait painters, the oil on canvas has been on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London since September. The picture, which shows the 16-year-old doing her homework and which measures nearly one meter (three feet) by one meter, goes under the hammer at Christie's on May 14.

Female Afghan MP shot in Kabul

A female member of Afghanistan's parliament was recovering in hospital Wednesday after being shot the previous night, officials and her sister said. The interior ministry said Mariam Koofi, a member of parliament from the northeastern province of Takhar, was shot in Kabul by a member of the security forces following an argument. It said police have detained a suspect and are investigating the motive behind the attack.

University of King's College to grant honorary degree to Malala Yousafzai

HALIFAX - The University of King's College in Halifax will confer an honorary degree to Malala Yousafzai, the campaigner for girls' education who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban. The university says the 16-year-old won't attend the ceremony due to her studies in England but she will be granted the honour on May 15. Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, former Nova Scotia premier John Hamm and former senator Michael Meighen will also be among those receiving honorary degrees as the liberal arts university marks its 225th anniversary.

University of King's College to grant honorary degree to Malala Yousafzai

HALIFAX - The University of King's College in Halifax will confer an honorary degree to Malala Yousafzai, the campaigner for girls' education who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban. The university says the 16-year-old won't attend the ceremony due to her studies in England but she will be granted the honour on May 15. Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, former Nova Scotia premier John Hamm and former senator Michael Meighen will also be among those receiving honorary degrees as the liberal arts university marks its 225th anniversary.

Afghanistan says U.S. air strike kills three civilians

KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. air strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed three civilians, the Afghan president's office said on Tuesday. The bombing took place in Khost on Monday night, a statement said. The U.S.-led military coalition ISAF said it was looking into the incident.
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