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BERLIN---Germany s justice
minister says the best outcome
for National Security Agency
leaker Edward Snowden would
be a deal with US authorities
to return home.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas
said in an interview with news
agency dpa published yesterday
that Snowden "surely doesn't
want to spend the rest of his
life being hunted...or wandering
from one asylum to the next."
Maas argues that a deal to
return would serve Snowden
Opposition parties have
demanded Germany allow
Snowden to come to Berlin to
testify to a parliamentary
inquiry into the extent of US
surveillance. The government
rejected the idea despite ten-
sions over alleged spying, saying
it would hurt relations.
Asked whether Snowden
might still come, Maas says he
doesn't "really see it at the
German minister: Best for Snowden to return to US
KABUL---A powerful cousin of outgoing
Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assas-
sinated by a suicide bomber hiding explo-
sives in his cap yesterday, a provincial offi-
cial said. It was the latest attack targeting
Afghan power brokers and government
officials as insurgents and political factions
struggle for power ahead of the withdrawal
of foreign combat forces by the end of this
Hashmat Khalil Karzai was a staunch
supporter of the president and had played
an active role in the campaign to choose
his cousin's successor.
The attacker blew himself up while bow-
ing to kiss Karzai's hand following morning
prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-
Fitr in a reception room at the Karzai family
home in the southern province of Kandahar,
a provincial government spokesman said.
It was similar to the September 2011 killing
of former Afghan President Burhanuddin
Rabbani, who at the time was the leader of
a government-appointed peace council seek-
ing reconciliation with militants.
President Karzai condemned the attack.
"Just like all other Afghans who are the
daily targets of terrorist attacks, our family
too is no exception and as every other
Afghan, we too will have to bear it," he said
in a statement.
No one immediately claimed responsibility
for Tuesday's attack, which comes at a sen-
sitive time in Afghanistan as an audit is
taking place under international supervision
of all 8 million ballots cast last month in
the second round of the country's presi-
dential election. The process is key to insur-
ing a peaceful transfer of power as the inter-
national community winds down its combat
mission and foreign aid dwindles.
Hashmat Karzai was campaign manager
for former Finance Minister and World Bank
official Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who is
competing against Abdullah Abdullah.
The president, who was constitutionally
barred from seeking a third term, has
appealed for a speedy conclusion to the
audit, saying that Afghanistan urgently needs
a new leader.
Dawa Khan Minapal, the provincial gov-
ernment spokesman, initially said the explo-
sives were hidden in a turban but later said
they were under a cap worn by the bomber.
He said one person also was wounded and
authorities were investigating how the
bomber got the explosives through the secu-
rity checks at the Karzai home in the district
It was not the first time that Karzai's
family members have been targeted. The
president's powerful half-brother, Ahmad
Wali Karzai, who was the head of the provin-
cial council, was slain in his home in the
city of Kandahar by his bodyguard in July
2011. British Ambassador Richard Stagg also
expressed condolences to the Karzai family.
Hashmat's "killers must not be allowed to
prevent the desire of ordinary Afghans to
see a peaceful political transition based on
the votes they cast," Stagg said in a state-
MONROVIA---Police officers deployed to Liberia s
international airport to ensure passengers are
screened for Ebola symptoms as a major regional
airline announced yesterday it was suspending flights
to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed
more than 670 people.
A 40-year-old American man of Liberian descent
who worked for the West African nation's Finance
Ministry died Friday in Nigeria after taking several
flights on ASKY Airlines. At the time, Liberian author-
ities said they had not been requiring health checks
of departing passengers in Monrovia.
The Ebola outbreak has had about a 70 per cent
fatality rate, and there is no vaccine or specific treatment
that can save lives.
In a statement released Tuesday, ASKY said it was
temporarily halting flights not only to Monrovia but
also to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Flights will continue
to the capital of the third major country where people
have died---Guinea---though passengers departing from
there will be "screened for signs of the virus."
Passengers at the airline's hub in Lome, Togo also
will be screened by medical teams, it said.
"ASKY is determined to keep its passengers and
staff safe during this unsettling time," the statement
TEHRAN---Iran s supreme leader called on Muslims
from around the world to help arm Gaza Palestinians
in their fight against Israel yesterday.
The call by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was his latest
such message during the ongoing war between Gaza's
Hamas rulers and Israel.
Khamenei claims that while Israel and America
seek to disarm Hamas, Iran says "the opposite...the
Muslim World has a duty to arm the Palestinian nation
by all means."
Iran, a staunch Hamas ally, does not recognise Israel
and supports militant anti-Israeli groups such as the
Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah
Iran has considered the Jewish state its archenemy
since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the
Western-backed monarchy and brought clerics to
VIENNA---Police say a herd of cows attacked and
killed a German woman hiking through their fenced-
in pasture after apparently being riled by the sight
of her leashed dog.
They said, yesterday, the 45-year old victim was
rushed by about 20 cows and their calves. Attempts
by an emergency crew to revive her were unsuccessful.
The attack occurred Monday on a mountain pasture
in Austria's Tyrol province.
The woman's name was not released, in accordance
with Austrian confidentiality rules. (AP)
Suicide bomber kills
Afghan president's cousin
Afghan men attend Eid ul-Fitr prayers in Kandahar south of Kabul, Afghanistan. Eid ul-Fitr prayer marks the end of the holy fasting
month of Ramadan. AP PHOTO
Cow herd kills German
woman hiker in Austria
Iran leader calls for arming
Gaza to fight Israel
amid Ebola scare
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