Last 24 Hours: Bombings hit Afghanistan, Egypt and Iraq

Violence hit three countries in the Middle East on Wednesday – Afghanistan, Egypt and Iraq – all nations undergoing upcoming elections as tensions and conflict rise.

A suicide bomber killed six police officers outside Afghanistan’s interior ministry in Kabul just as compromise issues and concerns of fraud come up regarding the upcoming presidential election this Saturday. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three bombs went off in and around Cairo University, casualties are unclear at the moment. Although early reports confirm a police chief died in the blasts. The situation is still developing at the moment with unknown responsibility of the bombings.

A suicide bombing killed six army recruits in northern Iraq as the United Nations warned of “divisive” polls.  The parliamentary election campaign season has started in the nation.

Should know

Syria; Death toll now over 150,000, an monitoring group says – Nigeria; Suicide bombers kill 15 in failed oil facility attack, army says – Kenya; Prominent Islamic leader killed on Kenya coast, witnesses say

Yemen; Militants attack army headquarters in southern Yemen, as per military and witness sources; Four killed in clashes between al Qaida and Yemeni soldiers in western Yemen – Libya; East Libya rebels to end port blockage occupation within days, government senior leader says

China; Maoming city hit by protest over chemical plant vows to talk to citizens; detains eight – Turkey; Election protests across nation as opposition cries foul –  Thailand; Thai court takes on case against prime minister Yingluck as legal woes mount

Venezuela; Troops block opposition leader from parliament – Central African Republic; EU launches peacekeeping force for CAR; UN aims to evacuate 19,000 under threat in CAR – Lebanon; Security forces launch new push to halt Tripoli violence

To watch

NATO; NATO suspends all cooperation with Moscow after Ukraine crisis; affirms defense for eastern Europe, Baltic states – Russia/Ukraine; Russia could achieve Ukraine incursion in three to five days, NATO official says – MidEast talks; Palestine signs treaties to press Israel, U.S. hopes to keep fragile talks going

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