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15 killed in suicide attack on Afghan election day

A wounded person being carried on a stretcher.
A wounded victim of the suicide bombing in Kabul. Photo: Khalilur Rahman Salahshoor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

At least 15 people were killed and more than 25 wounded in Kabul on Saturday in a suicide bombing, just as parliamentary election voting was wrapping up, Reuters reports.

The big picture: The elections in Afghanistan have been overshadowed by major security concerns. Per Reuters, the polls were kept open longer than they were meant to on Saturday to cater to the "large numbers of people who had been unable to vote." There have been no claims yet for the attack, though the Taliban has been active in warning that election centers could be attacked.

Judge drops undecided criminal charges against Manafort

Paul Manafort walking into court.
Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The criminal charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that a jury couldn't come to a decision on in August were dropped Friday as to move him closer to sentencing, Reuters reports.

The details: The prosecutors had hoped to re-visit the charges after Manafort's cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller concluded, per Reuters, but U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said he was "not willing to go on endlessly," and wanted to move forward with Manafort's sentencing. The charges that were dropped are allowed to be re-introduced at a later date.

Turkish official says evidence of Khashoggi's killing will be released

Numan Kurtulmus, 2016. Photo: Guven Yilmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Numan Kurtulmus, deputy head of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, said on Saturday that Turkey "will never allow a cover-up" of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing, the Associated Press reports.

The details: Turkey has said it has evidence that Khashoggi's body was dumped in a forest, and that it has audio of his killing. Kurtulmus said Turkey would be sharing its evidence of what happened in the Saudi consulate, per the AP, and that there would be a "conclusive result" of the investigation soon. He said: "[I]t's not possible for the Saudi administration to wiggle itself out of this crime if its confirmed." The Saudi attorney general said on Friday that Khashoggi died after a fight broke out in the consulate.