Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Son of former Pakistan prime minister kidnapped at election rally

Islamabad, PaKISTAN

FORMER LEADER'S SON NABBED AT ELECTION RALLY

An especially violent string of attacks in the run-up to Pakistan's nationwide election was capped Thursday by the abduction of the son of a former prime minister as he rallied supporters on the last day of campaigning before the historic vote. Saturday's election marks the first time in Pakistan's military coup-riddled history a civilian government has finished its term and will hand over power to another. The significance of the occasion has been overshadowed by the relentless violence targeting mostly liberal, secular parties. More than 125 people have been killed in bombings and shootings as Taliban militants vowed to disrupt a democratic process they see as un-Islamic.

Phoenix

Arias to return to court Wednesday

Jodi Arias will spend the weekend on suicide watch and return to court next week when jurors are expected to consider whether the death penalty should be an option for her sentence. Minutes after she was convicted of killing a former boyfriend, Arias told a TV station she would "prefer to die sooner than later," complicating matters for defense lawyers who hoped to spare her life during the trial's penalty phase. The case was to have resumed Thursday, but court officials postponed it until Wednesday without explanation.

Ottawa, Kan.

Man held in 3 Kansas deaths

Authorities in eastern Kansas said Thursday they have arrested a 27-year-old felon in the deaths of three people whose bodies were found on a farm, and that a fourth victim — an 18-month-old girl — is presumed dead. Prosecutors are expected to charge Kyle Flack, 27, of Ottawa with multiple counts of first-degree murder in the case, Franklin County Sheriff Jeffrey Richards said.

Cairo

American stabbed near U.S. Embassy

An assailant stabbed an American man Thursday as they stood outside the U.S. Embassy, security officials said. The area has been the site of anti-American incidents and violence in the past, but stabbings are uncommon despite political unrest that has roiled Egypt since the 2011 uprising. The man, Christopher Stone, was taken to a hospital. His condition was not known. The state-run daily Al Ahram said Stone told prosecutors the attacker asked him his nationality and on learning he was American, pulled a knife and stabbed him. The attacker was arrested.

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