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A smiling voter holds his election ID card as he waits to vote in Kabul, 20 Aug 2009
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Afghans Brave Violence to Vote for President

This is only the second opportunity Afghans have had to directly elect a president since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 

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A woman prepares to drop her ballot into the box, 20 August 2009

26 Killed During Afghan Election, Turnout Uncertain

Among dead: 9 civilians, 9 police officers, 8 Afghan soldiers; ballots now being counted

Robert Gibbs talks to reporters during White House press briefing (file photo)

US, UN Praise Bravery of Afghans on Election Day

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs tells reporters 'lots of people' defied possibility of attacks to express their will for next government

Men carry the coffin of a relative, killed in Wednesday's bombing, in Baghdad, Iraq, 20 Aug 2009

Iraq Detains 11 Security Officers After Baghdad Carnage

Iraqi officials raise death toll at least 100, say security officers should have prevented trucks of the sort that exploded Wednesday from approaching government ministries

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi leaves a police van at Glasgow International Airport, Glasgow, Scotland, 20 Aug 2009

Lockerbie Bomber Released From Prison

Former Libyan intelligence agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmeit al-Megrahi dying of prostate cancer, but news of release sparks very mixed reactions

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