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Pakistan blamed for suicide bombing attack

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Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, said Saturday that the suicide bomber who attacked their new intelligence chief came from Pakistan, with the help of a sophisticated foreign intelligence service, according to The New York Times.

Asadullah Khalid suffered severe injuries after an attempt on his life by a suicide bomber, according The New York Times. Afghan's president said he would seek explanations from Pakistan's president when they meet later this month, according to the Star Tribune.

President Karzai admits that security screening had failed to do a thorough search on the bomber because the bomb was hidden around his groin and it went against traditional Afghan customs.

Although President Karzai is placing blame on Pakistan, the Taliban have taken responsibility for the attack, according to The New York Times.

"This is not the work of Taliban," he said in an interview to The New York Times. "This is a very professional and well-engineered attack. Taliban are not able to do this, but there are strong and skilled hands involved in the attack."

Khalid is known for publicly opposing the Taliban, according to The New York Times. However, there is no evidence linking Pakistan to the attack.

President Karzai also added that the assassination attempt has weakened progress toward peace negotiations between the countries.

"Whenever the peace talks are getting closer to a conclusion or success being achieved in the peace process or hopes being achieved, we face such attacks," Karzai said in the same interview.

No information has been released about the attacker, according to The New York Times. Khalid is receiving medical treatments at a facility at Bagram Air Base, according to The New York Times.


Palestine recognized as a state

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The United Nations voted early Thursday to recognize Palestine as a state, according to the Star Tribune.

It was passed by a 138-9 vote, according to the Star Tribune.

Palestine was originally divided in two in 1947, according to the Star Tribune, one for Arabs and one for Jews, while Israel was declared a state. This caused years of tension and violence among the two nations.

"The great Assembly is being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said to the Star Tribune in a time he referred to as the "last chance" to save the divided nation.

Other members see this as taking a step backwards in bringing peace to the nations and its people.

"Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path of peace," U.N. ambassador Susan Rice said to the Star Tribune. "Today's grand pronouncements will soon fade and the Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded."

Israeli Prime Minister called the vote "meaningless," according to the Star Tribune.

"The resolution in the U.N. today won't change anything on the ground," Netanyahu said. "It won't advance the establishment of a Palestinian state, but rather, put it further off."

Along with the United States and Israel, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama all voted "no," according to the Star Tribune.

The Palestinians might have won this victory but they still face a lot of obstacles like having no army or police force, no control over their borders, trade or airspace, according to the Star Tribune.

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