Global Journalist
11:01 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Afghanistan's historic election

An Afghan man walks past an election poster of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, center, with two supporters as a woman waits for alms in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, June 6, 2014. Two blasts struck a convoy carrying Abdullah after a campaign event Friday in Kabul, killing several civilians but leaving the candidate himself unharmed, officials said.
Credit Rahmat Gul / AP Photo

Afghans head to the polls this weekend in the second round of their presidential election. It's slated to be the first democratic transition in Afghanistan's history, and the race is down to two candidates. Abdullah Abdullah is the country's former foreign minister, and came in second in the country's last presidential election in 2009. He won the first round of the election in the beginning of April, and is originally from the capital Kabul. His opponent is Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's former finance minister. He's from Logar in the eastern part of the country.

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8:29 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Military media producers return home from Afghanistan

The 70th Mobile Public Affairs Unit attends a ceremony upon returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. The ceremony was in Jefferson City on June 3, 2014.
Brandon Kiley KBIA

Friends and family welcomed the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) home on Tuesday in Jefferson City after a nine month tour in Afghanistan. The MPAD produced more than 1,200 print, video and photo products gaining a reach of more than 8.4 million Facebooks and airing on more than 142 media outlets worldwide.

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8:01 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Nixon visits National Guard members in Afghanistan

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) during a 2009 visit with Missouri soldiers in Iraq. The Dept. of Defense has not yet cleared any photos of Nixon's current trip to Afghanistan.
Credit Missouri Governor's office

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is in Afghanistan visiting members of the Missouri National Guard who won’t be home for the holidays. 

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3:53 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Fort Leonard Wood welcomes home 463rd Military Police Company

Soldier Nicholas Hagler meets his three week-old son in person for the first time. Hagler saw his son's birth over Skype while stationed in Afghanistan. Looking on is his wife Martha Hagler.
Meredith Turk KBIA

Sixty army troops returned home to Fort Leonard Wood from their deployment in Afghanistan.

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12:12 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Soldier surprises kids with early return

Russell Chapin KBIA

One mid-Missouri soldier has returned home early from his deployment to Afghanistan. Yesterday, Sergeant Major Mike Lederle attended a flag presentation assembly at Southern Boone High School. But the soldier’s presence was a surprise for  his 9th and 11th graders who attended the assembly.

The moment was seconds away, but Sergeant Major Lederle was ready for battle. His boots were tied, his gear was perfectly rolled and tucked in, and his posture was stoic. But this time, it wasn’t an enemy he was confronting, it was anticipation.

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Soldier returns
6:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

GALLERY: Ashland Soldier surprises kids with early return home

Sergeant Major Mike Lederle and his wife Kena planned a surprise for their children at their school in Ashland Wednesday, September 12th. His 9th and 11th graders, Trinten and Samantha, thought Mike was still on deployment to Afghanistan.
Russell Chapin KBIA

Sergeant Major Mike Lederle surprised his children at their school in Ashland Wednesday afternoon. His 9th and 11th graders, Trinten and Samantha, thought they were just attending a flag presentation assembly at Southern Boone County high School. But during the ceremony, their father – who they thought was still on deployment to Afghanistan – walked out to greet them with a hug.

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Sterling Wyatt
3:43 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Groups line streets of Columbia to honor Army soldier Sterling Wyatt

Abby Spudich KBIA

Groups of supporters lined the streets of Columbia from the regional airport to the city’s downtown today, in honor of  fallen Army soldier Sterling Wyatt, a Columbia native who was killed July 11th while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Columbia citizens lined Stadium Boulevard and Broadway this morning with hanging heads and waving flags to greet the funeral procession carrying Wyatt's body from Columbia Regional Airport to the funeral home.

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5:10 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Gov. Nixon sees off MO National Guard team

Members of a Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team have received a sendoff from Gov. Jay Nixon as they prepare for deployment to Afghanistan.

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Global Journalist
6:29 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Assessing the US-Uzbek relationship

Advocates of media freedom and human rights say conditions are getting worse under Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s authoritarian rule. The last international monitor, Human Rights Watch, was evicted last year. 

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