An Afghan man walks past an election poster of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, center, with two supporters as a woman waits for alms in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, June 6, 2014. Two blasts struck a convoy carrying Abdullah after a campaign event Friday in Kabul, killing several civilians but leaving the candidate himself unharmed, officials said.
Afghans head to the polls this weekend in the second round of their presidential election. It's slated to be the first democratic transition in Afghanistan's history, and the race is down to two candidates. Abdullah Abdullah is the country's former foreign minister, and came in second in the country's last presidential election in 2009. He won the first round of the election in the beginning of April, and is originally from the capital Kabul. His opponent is Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's former finance minister. He's from Logar in the eastern part of the country.
Friends and family welcomed the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) home on Tuesday in Jefferson City after a nine month tour in Afghanistan. The MPAD produced more than 1,200 print, video and photo products gaining a reach of more than 8.4 million Facebooks and airing on more than 142 media outlets worldwide.
One mid-Missouri soldier has returned home early from his deployment to Afghanistan. Yesterday, Sergeant Major Mike Lederle attended a flag presentation assembly at Southern Boone High School. But the soldier’s presence was a surprise for his 9th and 11th graders who attended the assembly.
The moment was seconds away, but Sergeant Major Lederle was ready for battle. His boots were tied, his gear was perfectly rolled and tucked in, and his posture was stoic. But this time, it wasn’t an enemy he was confronting, it was anticipation.
Sergeant Major Mike Lederle surprised his children at their school in Ashland Wednesday afternoon. His 9th and 11th graders, Trinten and Samantha, thought they were just attending a flag presentation assembly at Southern Boone County high School. But during the ceremony, their father – who they thought was still on deployment to Afghanistan – walked out to greet them with a hug.
Groups of supporters lined the streets of Columbia from the regional airport to the city’s downtown today, in honor of fallen Army soldier Sterling Wyatt, a Columbia native who was killed July 11th while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Columbia citizens lined Stadium Boulevard and Broadway this morning with hanging heads and waving flags to greet the funeral procession carrying Wyatt's body from Columbia Regional Airport to the funeral home.
Advocates of media freedom and human rights say conditions are getting worse under Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s authoritarian rule. The last international monitor, Human Rights Watch, was evicted last year.