Death Toll in Afghanistan Election Rally Blast Climbs to 22

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The number of people killed when a bomb went off at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan has climbed to at least 22, officials said Saturday.

The explosion happened in Takhar province, where scores of people had gathered to listen to a speech by a woman standing as a candidate in the parliamentary polls on Oct. 20.

Jawad Hejri, spokesman for the Takhar governor, said at least 22 people died and 36 were wounded in the attack, which occurred in Rustaq district.

             President Trump told CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday night that he doesn’t trust some of his White House staff and that he considers Defense Secretary James N. Mattis “sort of a Democrat” who could leave the administration relatively soon.

In a wide-ranging interview with Lesley StahlMr. Trump was asked about first lady Melania Trump’s recent comments that she doesn’t trust some of the president’s aides.

Saudi Arabia has said it will retaliate against any sanctions imposed over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, as JP Morgan and Ford swelled the ranks of western companies pulling out of a high-profile conference in Riyadh next week.

The diplomatic standoff over the fate of Khashoggi, who has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and is presumed to have been murdered, threatens Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s to reform efforts to reform the kingdom’s economy. The Riyadh stock market had its biggest fall in years on Sunday.