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Afghanistan breathes sigh of relief over agreement to recount votes
Afghanistan breathes sigh of relief over agreement to recount votes

A surprise agreement to recount all 8 million votes from last month's presidential election has dramatically changed the outlook — at least in the near term — for a country struggling to stand on its own as the nearly 13-year U.S.-led war draws to a close. When front-runner Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah, who alleged the election was stolen, shook hands and embraced late Saturday, it not only eased the danger of Afghanistan splitting violently again along political, ethnic and regional lines. The agreement, brokered by Secretary of State John F. Kerry, also underscored the United States' status as the indispensable power in Afghanistan. President Obama has sought to...

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