The candidate who will face Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a runoff election next month said Friday that he won’t join Karzai’s government if the incumbent wins another term, but instead will remain in opposition.
Afghanistan’s president is downplaying accusations of widespread fraud in his country’s recent elections, but he’s emphasizing the importance of a runoff for the sake of ensuring peace and stability in his nascent and war-torn democracy.
Al Qaeda’s second-in-command slams the “smiling Obama” and threatens attacks in the latest video posted on radical Islamist Web sites. Ayman al-Zawahiri uses the message to eulogize Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, an accused terrorist who said he was tortured into making a false connection between al Qaeda and Iraq.
A powerful earthquake registering magnitude 6.4 struck the Indonesian island resort of Bali, leaving seven people hospitalized early Saturday, the head of the Health Ministry’s crisis center said.
Friends and strangers across the country gathered on the streets and in schools, churches, bars and auditoriums to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United States. “It’s a great day to be an American,” iReporter Roger Germann said at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where revelers watched the inauguration on television monitors among exhibits of sharks and otters