Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah retained his lead in the race to succeed Hamid Karzai, after the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced partial results with about half of all votes counted.
Early results of Afghanistan’s presidential election indicate there’ll be a runoff between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, which would further delay the signing of a pact to keep U.S. troops in the country.
Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, the most senior al-Qaeda member to be tried in a U.S. civilian court, was convicted of aiding the group after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by helping bring in new recruits and serving as a spokesman in fiery speeches broadcast around the globe.
Abdullah Abdullah, who finished second in Afghanistan’s 2009 presidential election, is confident he can win enough ballots on April 5 to avoid a runoff and sign a deal “within a month” to keep U.S. troops in the country.
Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law willingly agreed on Sept. 11, 2001, to speak on behalf of al- Qaeda in statements and videos to help attract new recruits and suicide bombers, a prosecutor told a federal jury in New York.
The Pakistani Taliban has as many as 500 female suicide bombers ready to act, a representative of the group involved in peace negotiations said, underscoring the risk of further violence if talks fail.
Pakistan is bracing for a worst-case scenario that may unfold as early as July in which about three million refugees from Afghanistan cross the border in a 20-day span, according to a person familiar with government plans.
Two suicide bombers killed 81 people in an attack during a Christian church service in northwestern Pakistan, sparking protests across the country and jeopardizing prospects for peace talks with militants.
U.S. officials warned athletes and fans planning to attend next month’s Winter Olympics in Russia to be aware of recent terrorist threats, as the Pentagon said it’s prepared to evacuate Americans from the event if needed.