Afghan elections hit by multiple blasts, chaos, delays

Tehran (KNA) - According to acting Health Ministry spokesman Mohibullah Zeer, at least three people were killed and more than 30 wounded in Saturday attacks which came after the Taliban warned voters to boycott the ballot "to protect their lives." The blasts came even as around 70,000 security forces have been deployed to protect polling centers across the war-torn country. Polling began in most regions at 7 a.m. local time (0230 GMT) but most polling sites opened late after teachers employed to handle the voting process reportedly failed to show up on time. Voters waited hours for polling stations to open across the country and many remained closed more than six hours after the election officially began. Glitches with biometric voter verification devices which are being used for the first time compounded the problems as missing or incomplete voter registration lists hit the voting process.

10/20/2018 4:43:00 PM

US needs Saudi as counterbalance to Iran: Trump

Tehran (KNA) - US President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia functions as a counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East region and this has put Washington in a “complex” situation with regards to Riyadh’s explanation about dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

10/20/2018 4:41:00 PM

Iran Hails Extension of FATF Sanctions Waiver

Tehran(KNA) : Iran’s Foreign Ministry welcomed the Financial Action Task Force’s decision to extend suspension of counter-measures against Tehran, describing it as a defeat for the US and its allies.

10/20/2018 12:01:00 PM