Afghanistan

    The turnout of voters in Afghanistan's south will be crucial in judging the credibility of the Aug. 20 presidential elections, but on the eve of the ballot many residents are still not sure they will take part. The Taliban have threatened violence against anyone involved in the election, and in recent days have killed poll officials, detonated roadside and car bombs and sent fighters on a suicide commando raid to the capital. Taliban threats have been very specific, warning anyone with ink on their fingers, which election officials apply to prevent multiple voting, will have the offending digit cut off. (Reuters)

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