Afghanistan

Afghans join chorus calling for release of three abducted UN workers

Prominent Afghans are joining the international and grassroots chorus calling for the release of three United Nations workers abducted 10 days ago in Afghanistan.

UN calls for release of its three abducted workers in Afghanistan

A United Nations spokesman in Afghanistan today issued an impassioned appeal for the immediate release of three international workers who were abducted on 28 October.

Ballot counting proceeds apace in Afghanistan – UN

Some 80,000 ballots in Afghanistan's historic presidential election have already been tallied, and the process is proceeding at a steady pace, a United Nations spokesman announced today.

Experts gather for UN meeting to tackle flow of heroin from Afghanistan

United Nations officials and senior policy-makers from around the world are meeting today in Vienna to discuss how to halt or reduce the rising flood of heroin being exported from Afghanistan.

Afghans turn out for historic elections, with 'uncoordinated' attacks reported

Refugees from Afghanistan living in camps and residents of the war-torn nation cast their ballots today in an historic presidential poll amid sporadic violence that officials said was unsystematic.

Afghanistan finalizes preparations for historic presidential election – UN mission

A day before Afghans go to the polls to cast a vote for president for the first time in their history, the final preparations for the elections have been completed, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today.

Winner of Afghan presidential poll can hold claim to popular will, UN envoy says

The winner of this Saturday’s presidential election in Afghanistan – the first in its history – can claim to genuinely represent the nation, despite the limitations surrounding the poll process, the senior United Nations envoy to the country said today.

As momentum builds towards Afghanistan's elections, refugees turn out to register

With Afghanistan just a week away from its historic, first-ever presidential elections, hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled the country to neighbouring Pakistan are signing up for the vote.

UN peacekeeping chief warns of attacks in Afghanistan as election date nears

With only 11 days remaining before the people of Afghanistan go to the polls to elect a president for the first time in their history, the senior United Nations peacekeeping official today warned there may be many violent incidents around the country in the run-up as groups try to disrupt the electoral process.

Nearly half of all working heavy weapons collected in Afghanistan, UN reports

With momentum building for the collection of arms in Afghanistan as voters prepare to go to the polls in an historic election next month, the United Nations Mission there (UNAMA) today announced that nearly half of all operable and reparable heavy weapons in the country have been turned in.