The country has the highest number of citizens who joined Daesh in Syria and Iraq among EU members nations.
At least 27 civilians and 11 Afghan security forces were killed and more than 100 others wounded in nearly 200 attacks across the country on the first day and there are fears of more bloodshed as voting resumes in 401 polling centres.
As a small yet significant presence of Daesh continues to haunt Iraq's Salah al Din province, residents accuse the US of backing the terror group.
At least six protesters were killed and more than 20 injured during a second day of clashes with security forces in Iraq's main southern city Basra. The violence erupted during the funeral of 26-year-old activist Mekki Yasser.
Francis Zaake is on his way to the airport to travel to India for treatment, his lawyer said. Ugandan capital Kampala was on Friday rocked by protests after Zaake and another opposition lawmaker were prevented from leaving the country.
A study by the National Council of Women found about 1.5 million Egyptian women report being subjected to domestic violence each year.
Three members of a "commando" cell who were planning attacks in capital Bamako this weekend have been arrested, say Mali's security forces.
One of the attackers died early in the operation after detonating a suicide bomb but a second held out for several hours before being killed, said a provincial government spokesman.
All signs pointed towards violence ahead of elections in Pakistan, but little had been done to protect election candidates. On the contrary, many were stripped of protection.
A suicide bomber hit a political gathering in Mastung district of Balochistan killing at least 128 people, including BAP candidate Mir Siraj Raisani, and wounding more than 200 others.
Meanwhile, a court refused pre-arrest bail to three church priests in a separate rape case filed by a woman in southern India's Kerala state.
A UN investigation revealed that South Sudanese troops and aligned forces killed at least 232 civilians and raped 120 women and girls in opposition-held villages in Unity state between April 16 and May 24.
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