Afghanistan bomb attack
A deadly suicide attack at an education center in Afghanistan has left at least 19 people dead. The blast happened in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of western Kabul. It took place as students were preparing for an exam. Police say the attack has also left over two dozen others injured. Most of the casualties are women. No group has so far claimed responsibility. Afghanistan’s Interior ministry has slammed the attack saying those who target civilians prove their inhuman cruelty and lack of moral standards.
Hurricane Ian rising death toll
Hurricane Ian in the US has become powerful again in the Atlantic after it showed little signs of weakening. Ian has intensified into a Category one storm. It has generated winds surpassing the speed of 135 kilometers per hour. The hurricane is now churning through the South Carolina coast after pummeling Florida. But the devastation still remains in the southern US state, and residential communities are completely inundated. Rescue operations are underway to help stranded people. According to US media reports, at least 19 people have been killed. Millions of residents across vast parts of Florida are also grappling with power outages. Ian is said to be one of the most devastating hurricanes in US history.
Brazil presidential election
With just two days ahead of Brazil's presidential election, a new poll shows opposition candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has boosted his lead over incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. The survey puts support for Lula at 48% in the first-round of voting against 34% for Bolsonaro. The leftist leader has also boosted his lead to a 15-point advantage in a potential run-off. On Friday, the main presidential candidates traded accusations in their last debate. Bolsonaro called his leftist rival the boss of a criminal gang while Lula described the incumbent president as a shameless liar. The first round of elections is scheduled for October 2nd. Bolsonaro has lost much of his popularity due to his contentious management of the Covid-19 pandemic and the economy.