Western leaders sent messages of support to Hamid Karzai after his opponent dropped out of the election in Afghanistan. But the US is also exploring alternatives, including a closer association with local leaders.
The Independent Election Commission said preliminary results gave Karzai 54.1 percent of the vote. But a UN-backed vote monitor ordered a partial recount, citing evidence of fraud.
Security guards at the US Embassy in Afghanistan indulged in hazing and nudity, the Project on Government Oversight says. It calls for Pentagon oversight.
Ryan Crocker was a major force in helping to turn around Iraq, Presidents Bush and Obama say.