Commission declares Karzai winner of vote
KABUL -- Afghanistan's election commission proclaimed President Hamid Karzai the victor of the country's tumultuous ballot Monday, canceling a planned runoff and ending a political crisis two and a half months after a fraud-marred first round.
The Obama administration -- which has been waiting for a government deemed legitimate to emerge in Kabul before announcing whether to deploy tens of thousands more troops -- quickly commended the ruling.
''We congratulate President Karzai on his victory in this historic election and look forward to working with him'' to support reform and improve security, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement. Britain and the United Nations also issued statements of congratulations.
Half of October Iraqi deaths from one attack
BAGHDAD -- Nearly half of all Iraqis who died in October perished in a single coordinated attack against government offices in Baghdad, a tally by The Associated Press showed Monday.
Of the 364 Iraqis killed over the past month, according to the AP count, 155 died in two nearly simultaneous bombs targeting government buildings Oct. 25 in downtown Baghdad -- the worst coordinated attack in more than two years.
Somali men fail in attempt to hijack plane
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- A Somali airline official says two men have failed in an attempt to hijack an airplane.
Diallo Airlines marketing manager Ahmed Yare says the men drew guns on Monday's flight. He says some of the 30 passengers thwarted the hijackers by challenging them.
The plane returned to the northeastern Somali town of Bosasso, where the men tried to escape. Police arrested the men after a gunbattle that wounded one hijacker.
Suicide bomber kills 35 near Pakistan capital
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan -- A suicide bomb killed 35 people near Pakistan's military headquarters Monday while a second blast wounded several police, continuing a wave of terrorism that prompted the United Nations to suspend long-term development work near the Afghan border.
The rash of attacks by Islamist militants has killed at least 300 people across Pakistan over the past month.