Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah may boycott next week’s run-off election. The run-off election follows the August 20 presidential election which was beset by fraud and other irregularities. Abdullah is calling for Independent Election Commission chief Azizullah Lodin to be replaced before the run-off election between him and current President Hamid Karzai, Voice of America. Q & A on the Afghan election, BBC News.
An Iraqi being held on suspicion of involvement in last week’s deadly car bombings in one of the most secure zones in Baghdad has died while in custody. The man grabbed a security officer’s gun and shot the security officer before being fatally shot by another officer, CNN International.