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At least three killed in Kabul suicide attack

At least three people were killed when a suicide attacker blew himself up in Kabul Monday, close to where scores of Afghans had been protesting against Taliban attacks on the minority Hazara ethnic group.
Pakistan has reportedly released the former deputy chief of the Taliban group Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from the jail.

Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Baradar ‘released’ by Pakistan

Pakistan has released the Afghan Taliban leader from prison, a spokesman for the Taliban said on Thursday.
Asim Munir

Pakistan appoints new head of powerful intelligence agency

Pakistan has appointed a new chief for its powerful intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), as the previous appointee completed his term, the military said.
Dozens of security forces have died as a result of Taliban attacks in recent months [Rahmat Gul-AP Photo]

Taliban urge Afghans to boycott polls, reject peace talks

The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for October 20, as they ramp up attacks in strategic provinces.
An Afghan policeman stands as unseen volunteers carry an injured on a stretcher to a hospital, following an attack that targeted a parliamentary election rally in the Kama district of the eastern province of Nangarhar, in Jalalabad on October 2, 2018. At least 13 people were killed in a suicide attack on an Afghan election campaign rally on October 2, officials said, in the latest violence ahead of this month's legislative vote. The attack is the first suicide assault since campaigning officially kicked off last Friday for the parliamentary elections, preparations for which have already been marred by bloody violence. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA

Taliban vow to attack Afghan security forces during elections

The Taliban on Monday vowed to target government security forces in upcoming parliamentary elections, as US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Afghan leaders to discuss ways to end the 17-year war.

US seeks reset button with Pakistan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said he was hoping to “reset the relationship” with nuclear-power Pakistan ahead of a trip to Islamabad to meet with new Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Muhammadu Buhari: Let anybody lead this country, not PDP

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Mahmood Yakubu

INEC reaffirms commitment to deliver credible elections in 2019

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Group accuses Atiku Abubakar of tax evasion, asks FIRS to release his record

The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM), an activist group, has demanded that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) produce tax receipts belonging to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says Senate President Bukola Saraki slowed down the progress of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Court throws out contempt application against Lai Mohammed

Justice Mohammed Aikawa of a Federal High Court, Lagos, on Friday dismissed a contempt application filed by a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman, against Minister of Information Lai Mohammed over inclusion of her name in the ‘looters’ list.
Hafez Ghanem

World Bank grants Tanzania $300 million to support education sector

The World Bank on Friday said that it had granted $300 million to Tanzania to support its education sector, a statement from the country’s Directorate of Presidential Communication said.