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Afghan Vote Audit to Begin

The audit of all ballots cast in Afghanistan's presidential runoff was expected to begin Thursday. The audit hopes to dissolve the deadlock over who won the election June 14. All ballots cast in the runoff -- some 8 million of them -- are expected to be scrutinized for adherence to official standards, to prove or rule out ballot-stuffing and other irregularities. Independent Election Commission spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told reporters on Wednesday that the counting of all eight...

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