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Feinstein: more troops needed

WASHINGTON — The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is in "serious jeopardy" and needs more troops to turn the tide against an increasingly potent Taliban insurgency, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday, putting her at odds with an influential Democratic colleague on military matters.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., whose post gives her access to sensitive information about the war's progress, said delaying the reinforcements would put the forces already in Afghanistan at greater risk.

U.N. official: Voter fraud widespread

Days before the outcome of Afghanistan's contentious presidential vote was expected to be announced, the head of the United Nations' mission acknowledged Sunday that widespread electoral fraud had occurred.

However, the official, Kai Eide, strongly contested allegations by his former deputy that he had engaged in a coverup of vote-rigging by supporters of President Hamid Karzai. He expressed confidence that a partial recount, carried out by Afghan officials, would yield an acceptable result.

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