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Afghan vote fraud

KABUL (AP) - A top human rights official says she's worried about fraud in August's presidential election in Afghanistan.

Meantime, a bombing killed four people, including two children, in a busy market in southern Helmand province. Such violence threatens to overshadow the Aug. 20 election, the second since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001.

The chairwoman of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission says her fraud concerns the participation by Afghan women in the vote. She points to a surge in registration of women voters. In conservative provinces, where it is rare for women to travel, male relatives often register the women as voters, creating the potential for fraud.

Meanwhile, the U.S.-led coalition reported two days of fighting in eastern Afghanistan along the border with Pakistan killed 19 suspected militants.

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