KABUL, Afghanistan - British officials are in contact with the family of a British aid worker abducted in Afghanistan and are urgently trying to resolve the matter, they said Monday, as NATO forces stepped up pressure on insurgents in the Taliban heartland of Kandahar.

KABUL, Afghanistan - Three journalists detained for suspected links to Taliban propaganda networks were freed in Afghanistan after angry reactions from media advocates and President Hamid Karzai's call for their quick release.

KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai called Thursday for the quick release of three Afghan journalists - two held by the coalition and the other by Afghan intelligence officials.

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan authorities said it was too early to judge the validity of the country's parliamentary ballot despite observers' reports of widespread fraud in the vote that was to help consolidate its shaky democracy.

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan election observers urged President Hamid Karzai's government on Monday to allow an independent investigation into reports of widespread fraud during last weekend's parliamentary elections, including intimidation of voters and interference by powerful warlords.
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