Millions of voters turned out to cast their ballots in Pakistan's historic election Saturday despite Taliban threats and a series of attacks in a few volatile areas. The poll marks Pakistan's first-ever transition of civilian governments.
Throughout his eventful life, Nawaz Sharif has served terms as Pakistan’s prime minister and time in prison. He’s also faced a coup and years in exile. But now the old “lion of Punjab” faces some of the biggest challenges of his political career.
Twin bombs exploded in the port city of Karachi on Saturday, as millions of voters across Pakistan cast their ballots in a landmark general election. The lead up to polling day has been particularly violent, with 130 people killed.
Days ahead of the historic May 11 polls, candidates from three secular Pakistani parties targeted by the Taliban are being forced to conduct virtual campaigns while politicians such as Imran Khan are able to hold traditional large rallies.
Eight people were killed when a car bomb exploded in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday, apparently targeting a convoy carrying a Qatari delegation, officials said. The Islamist rebel group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
Two Malian soldiers were killed on Saturday in a suicide attack that also left at least two assailants dead near the troubled northern town of Gao, a Malian military official said, adding that clashes were ongoing in the area.
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At least eight Turkish nationals, a Russian and possibly other foreign citizens were seized by the Taliban on Sunday when bad weather forced their helicopter to make an emergency landing in east Afghanistan, officials said.
At least 185 people have been killed in Nigeria following fighting between the military and Islamic insurgents in the country’s northeast, a government official said Sunday, in one of the deadliest incidents yet involving jihadist group Boko Haram.