Morning Brief: Karzai attacked
Top Story MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images Afghan President Hamid Karzai survived his fourth assassination attempt and his first in the capital city. The sophisticated attack, likely carried out by Taliban insurgents, came as Karzai was celebrating “Mujahedin Day” in Kabul. The Taliban says it received help from sympathizers inside the security forces. Asia A North Korean ...
Afghan President Hamid Karzai survived his fourth assassination attempt and his first in the capital city. The sophisticated attack, likely carried out by Taliban insurgents, came as Karzai was celebrating “Mujahedin Day” in Kabul. The Taliban says it received help from sympathizers inside the security forces.
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Middle East and Africa
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Many U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo were up to no good, the BBC alleges.
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is visiting Tunisia.
Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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