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Prosecution case starts today against Abu Hamza

Abu Hamza, the one-eyed Muslim cleric with a hook for a hand, goes on trial in New York on charges that he provided support for al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Hamza faces 11 terrorism related counts, some of these include:

  • Trying to start a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999
  • Charges that he aided militants who kidnapped a group of tourists in Yemen in 1998
  • Gathering funds from UK venues for the Taliban and to support training for jihad in Afghanistan.

The Egyptian-born preacher, who faces life in prison if convicted, told a judge at a pretrial hearing on Wednesday that he is innocent.

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Portrait of Malala Yousafzai to fetch £48,000 at auction

A portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for courageously campaigning for girls’ education, is to be offered at auction by Christie's.

Malala and Artist Jonathan Yeo. Credit: Christie's

Artist Jonathan Yeo has offered the painting, expected to fetch $60,000-80,000 (£36,000 - £48,000), to benefit the Malala Fund, a charity set up by Malala to support the fight for girls’ right to education.

Malala was called the "Bravest Girl in the World" by President Barack Obama and was recently awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize for her inspirational work and courage.

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Marine convicted of Afghan killing must wait for ruling

A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an Afghan insurgent will have to wait to find out whether his appeal has been successful.

Three judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London will now give their decision at a later date.

Sgt Alexander Blackman was found guilty by a seven-man court martial board last November and sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in jail.

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman was found guilty of murdering an insurgent Credit: Topfoto

Lawyers for Sgt Blackman told the court the verdict should not stand because the court martial process did not demand the same level of proof as a normal criminal trial.

Anthony Berry QC also argued that the court martial board had not taken into account the "tremendous stresses" of combat which had caused Sgt Blackman "briefly to lose his head".

Read: Wife of jailed former marine says he is no murderer

Karzai hails 'success' of Afghanistan elections

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the election was a "success" amid relief that attacks by Taliban fighters were fewer than feared, for a vote that will bring the first-ever democratic transfer of power in a country plagued by conflict for decades.

President Hamid Karzai gives address on voting day. Credit: YouTube/ ARG

In a statement after voting closed, President Karzai said: "The Afghan nation today have put in practice their big Jubilee of the nation's participation in voting.

"Despite the cold and rainy weather and possible terrorist attack, our sisters and brothers nationwide took in this election and their participation is a step forward and it is a success for Afghanistan."

Women defy threats to vote in presidential elections

Women voters have been lining up at polling stations across Afghanistan, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power.

An Afghan woman votes at a polling station in Kabul. Credit: REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
An Afghan woman sits near a voting booth after voting at a polling station in Kabul. Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

The Taliban warned civilians ahead of the election they would be targeted if they try to vote, and dozens died in a spate of attacks in the preceding weeks.

Afghan women stand in line while waiting for their turn to vote at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif. Credit: REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
An Afghan woman looks through a window as she waits for her turn to vote. Credit: REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
An Afghan woman carrying a child casts her vote at a polling station. Credit: REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Afghan women wait to cast their ballots at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif. Credit: Afghan women wait to cast their ballots at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif

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Long queues as voters defy Taliban threats in Kabul

Afghan women stand in line at a polling station in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

Long queues continue to form outside polling stations around Kabul, as people defied Taliban threats of violence to cast ballots in what promises to be the country's first democratic transfer of power.

Women form long lines outside polling stations in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

As international combat forces prepare to withdraw by the end of this year, the country is so unstable that the very fact the crucial elections are being held is touted as one of the few successes in Mr Karzai's tenure.

Nearly 200,000 Afghan security forces are out protect polling stations and voters from threatened Taliban attacks.

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Four voters wounded in explosion in south Afghanistan

Four voters were wounded in an explosion at a polling station in the southeastern province of Logar.

"The blast took place close to a polling station which is a school building and wounded four voters, one critically," Abdul Hameed, governor of the province's Mohammad Agha district, told Reuters.

A policeman stands guard outside a polling station in Kabul. Credit: REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

It was the most serious attack so far on an election that Taliban insurgents had vowed to derail, branding it a 'US backed sham'.

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Key facts in the Afghanistan presidential vote

In the Afghanistan elections a candidate must secure more than 50 percent of valid ballots, failing which the top two candidates go into a run-off. The three frontrunners all enjoy similar levels of support, so a second round of voting is likely.

The time frame for all voting are as follows:

  • Vote counting: April 6 to 20
  • Preliminary results: April 24
  • Final results announcement: May 14
  • (Source: Independent Election Commission)

Here are some of the key points surrounding today's election:

  • 28,500 polling centres opened, with 10 percent closing due to security.
  • It will require around 3000 donkeys to carry ballot boxes due to terrain.
  • There are 12 million eligible voters.
  • Afghan authorities deployed 352,000 forces to provide security.
  • Taliban called the elections a 'US backed sham.'

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Polling stations 'under fire' in eastern Afghanistan

In the Ghorband Valley of Parwan province, some polling stations have come under mortar and machine-gun fire, but no casualties were reported and voting has no major disruptions - report NBC.

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A few polling stations in eastern #Afghanistan have come under mortar fire, an Afghan official tells us, but no major disruption to voting.

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Despite Taliban threats, voting in #Afghanistan going ahead. Let's hope that tonight Afghans will be counting votes, not casualties.

An account purportedly belonging to the Taliban sent a string of tweets claiming disruptions and violence at polling stations:

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All voting booths closed in Jurm district (#Badakhshan), one station open but under assault since morning

Polling stations opened at 7am and are slated to close at 4pm local time.

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Afghans queue up to vote in presidential election

Afghans queued up to vote in the county's presidential election today, despite the threat of violence from Taliban insurgents.

Afghans wanting to vote queue in the rain outside a polling station before it opened in Kabul Credit: Reuters

"I am here to vote and I am not afraid of any attacks," said Kabul resident Haji Ramazan at a polling station in the capital. "This is my right and no one can stop me."

A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Kabul Credit: Reuters

"I call on the people of Afghanistan to prove to the enemies of Afghanistan that nothing can stop them," Yousaf Nuristani, chairman of the Independent Election Commission told reporters after he cast his own vote in Kabul.

fghan President Hamid Karzai arrives to cast his vote in the presidential election in Kabul today Credit: Reuters

Hamid Karzai, the incumbent, is not allowed to run for the presidency again by the constitution.

But after 12 years in power he is widely expected to retain influence through politicians loyal to him.

He appeared relaxed and smiled for reporters as he cast his vote today.

Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul casts his vote in the presidential election in Kabul today

About 12 million are eligible to vote, and there are eight candidates, with former foreign ministers Abdullah Abdullah and Zalmai Rassoul, and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani the favourites.

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