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Polls opened Thursday morning in Afghanistan, as the war-ravaged nation held its second-ever presidential and provincial council elections.

Incumbent President Hamid Karzai was the frontrunner leading up to the ballot, which got under way amid a government-ordered ban on media coverage of violence. The action was taken to keep voters from being too scared to vote.

Shortly after polls opened, Karzai cast his vote and had his finger stamped with indelible ink, a measure to thwart fraud. His name appears on the ballot with 40 other candidates for president. Read full article »

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