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Partial results in Afghan election show tight race

Election officials hold a ballot paper during the vote counting process at a polling station in Kabul April. Credit: Reuters\Tim Wimborne

Former opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah is in the lead in Afghanistan's elections.

The country's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on 10 per cent of votes from 26 out of 34 provinces showed Mr Abdullah in the lead with 41.9 percent of the vote.

In second place was Western-leaning academic Ashraf Ghani with 37.6 percent of the vote, the IEC said, while a third candidate, running with the backing of two of President Hamid Karzai's brothers, trailed far behind with 9.8 percent.

More: Afghan authorities receive over 3k reports of vote fraud

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Marine convicted of Afghan killing must wait for ruling

A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an Afghan insurgent will have to wait to find out whether his appeal has been successful.

Three judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London will now give their decision at a later date.

Sgt Alexander Blackman was found guilty by a seven-man court martial board last November and sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in jail.

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman was found guilty of murdering an insurgent Credit: Topfoto

Lawyers for Sgt Blackman told the court the verdict should not stand because the court martial process did not demand the same level of proof as a normal criminal trial.

Anthony Berry QC also argued that the court martial board had not taken into account the "tremendous stresses" of combat which had caused Sgt Blackman "briefly to lose his head".

Read: Wife of jailed former marine says he is no murderer

Afghan authorities receive over 3k reports of vote fraud

Afghan authorities have received more than 3,000 reports of violations from last weekend's presidential election, exceeding the tally following a 2009 vote that was marred by widespread fraud.

Officials begin to counting after the presidential elections in Afghanistan. Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

The three frontrunners have all complained of fraud in the April 5 vote mean to usher in Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power, as Hamid Karzai prepares to step down after more than 12 years as head of state.

"As soon as we get them, it is clear the final number is going to increase," said Nader Mohseni, spokesman for the Independent Election Complaints Commission. He said around half of the 3,103 complaints registered so far would be probed because the rest had lacked the required supporting evidence.

Read: Afghan elections: Bomb kills two workers after historic vote

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Fort Hood shooting victims named

The three decorated soldiers killed in the Fort Hood shootings have been named as Sgt. 1st class Daniel Michael Ferguson, Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez and Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens.

Read: Soldier said the 'devil' took him weeks before rampage

Thirty-nine-year-old Sgt Ferguson, listed as living in Mulberry, Florida, served in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, Fort Hood said in a press statement.

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Michael Ferguson, 39, from Mulberry, Florida.
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Michael Ferguson, 39, from Mulberry, Florida. Credit: Fort Hood Press Center

Staff Sgt Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, had served in Kuwait and Iraq. He is listed as coming from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Credit: Fort Hood Press Center

Staff Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37, of Effingham, Illinois, served as a heavy vehicle driver in Iraq and Kuwait.

Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37 from Effingham, Illinois.
Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37 from Effingham, Illinois. Credit: Fort Hood Press Center

The statement added: "Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by the US Army Criminal Investigation Division."

Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old soldier battling mental illness, is suspected of killing the three men and wounding 16 others at Fort Hood on Wednesday.

The incident marks the second mass shooting in five years at the massive Army base.

Elections in Afghanistan 'led and secured by people'

NATO's Secretary General congratulated the Afghan people after millions turned out to vote in an historic election.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement: "The Afghan people can be proud of their security forces, who have done an outstanding job in securing the elections [...] This has truly been an election led by Afghans, secured by Afghans, for the future of Afghans."

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RT @usembassykabul: I congratulate the many Afghans who came out to vote in the historic election; I commend their commitment, enthusiasm...

William Hague hails Afghan election high turnout

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed the high turnout for presidential elections in Afghanistan, taking place just months before the withdrawal of international troops.

Mr Hague said: "This is an historic moment for Afghanistan and its people. Across the country, millions of Afghans have been voting for a new president.

Foreign Secretary William Hague Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/Press Association Images

"It is a great achievement for the Afghan people that so many voters, men and women, young and old, have turned out in such large numbers, despite threats of violence, to have their say in the country's future," Mr Hague added.

"Now that all the votes have been cast, I hope all parties will show patience and respect while the electoral authorities go to work to count and check the ballots, and declare the results."

Karzai hails 'success' of Afghanistan elections

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the election was a "success" amid relief that attacks by Taliban fighters were fewer than feared, for a vote that will bring the first-ever democratic transfer of power in a country plagued by conflict for decades.

President Hamid Karzai gives address on voting day. Credit: YouTube/ ARG

In a statement after voting closed, President Karzai said: "The Afghan nation today have put in practice their big Jubilee of the nation's participation in voting.

"Despite the cold and rainy weather and possible terrorist attack, our sisters and brothers nationwide took in this election and their participation is a step forward and it is a success for Afghanistan."

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