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Amid fears of new ethnic tensions, Kerry meets with Afghan candidates
Amid fears of new ethnic tensions, Kerry meets with Afghan candidates

Secretary of State John F. Kerry held urgent meetings Friday with both presidential candidates in Afghanistan in a bid to resolve a messy election dispute that threatens to unravel years of U.S. efforts to build a fledgling democracy. Kerry met separately with Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul in a hastily arranged visit that underscored the Obama administration's concerns that the political impasse could turn violent. Both men have claimed victory in the election to replace President Hamid Karzai, who is constitutionally barred from a third term. The crisis escalated Monday when election officials announced initial results from a June 14 runoff vote that gave a large and...

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