Afghan voters defy Taliban, casting ballots for new president on relatively peaceful day

By Joshua Partlow, Kevin Sieff, April 5, 2014

KABUL — They huddled in the rain under plastic sheeting. They ignored death threats and sporadic firefights. After weeks of tension and violence, men and women turned out here Saturday in larger numbers than expected to choose a new president to lead them into the post-American era in Afghanistan.

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