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US leads praise for 'courageous' Afghans in landmark vote

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The United States and the UN have praised the "courage" of Afghan people who turned out in force for presidential elections, despite Taliban threats against the vote which passed off largely peacefully. 

Afghan election observers watch counting process after a polling station was closed for voting in the northwestern city of Herat on April 5, 2014

Afghan voters formed long lines outside polling stations on Saturday to pick a successor to President Hamid Karzai, with a final turnout expected to exceed 50 percent -- outstripping expectations.

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