Trump congratulates Democrat Jones on ‘hard fought’ Alabama win

Democrat Doug Jones speaks Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Alabama In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated 13 December 2017
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Trump congratulates Democrat Jones on ‘hard fought’ Alabama win

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated the Democrat Doug Jones on his victory in Alabama’s Senate race, an upset result seen as a bitter blow to the Republican leader.
“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory,” tweeted the US president, who had strongly backed Jones’ scandal-hit opponent Roy Moore despite allegations of sexual misconduct by the Republican former judge.
“A win is a win,” Trump added. “The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!“


Roadside bombing kills 8 children in northern Afghanistan

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Roadside bombing kills 8 children in northern Afghanistan

  • All of the children are between 5 and 12 years of age and were playing when the bomb exploded
  • Six other kids were wounded in the blast that took place late Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says at least eight children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Faryab province.
Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, says six other kids were wounded in the blast that took place late Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district.
Yuresh says that according to a hospital report, two of the wounded kids are in critical condition. All of the children are between 5 and 12 years of age and were playing when the bomb exploded, he added.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Yuresh blamed Taliban insurgents who usually plant roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces in different part of the province.