October 18th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

Death of aid worker in Afghanistan sparks discussion

The October 8 death of Linda Norgrove sparked discussion about aid worker safety in conflict zones.

Editor's note: Since becoming State Department producer in 2000, Elise Labott has covered four secretaries of state and reported from more than 50 countries. Before joining CNN, she covered the United Nations. Follow her on Twitter at @eliselabottcnn.

The death this month of British aid worker Linda Norgrove in Afghanistan and the subsequent discussion about aid worker safety have fueled a row between the United States and nongovernmental organizations about how to deliver aid and do development work in conflict zones like Afghanistan and Pakistan.

October 18th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

Afghan election panel disqualifies 10 percent of ballots

About 10 percent of votes cast in last month's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have been disqualified due to suspected fraud, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission said Monday. FULL POST

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Afghan and Pakistani farmers visit Iowa cornfield
October 18th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

Afghan and Pakistani farmers visit Iowa cornfield

Editor's note: CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty and National Security Producer Laurie Ure were given exclusive access as the Afghan and Pakistani agricultural ministers went to Iowa. See the report Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer (5 to 7 p.m. ET) and on CNNi's "Connect the World".

Across the road from his cornfield in Colo, Iowa, family farmer Keith McKinney pulls out his cell phone and checks the latest market prices from the Chicago Board of Trade.

"Soybeans are up $3. Corn is $3.25 up. And I get that information three times a day."

Armed with that information, McKinney can sell his crops when he wants, locking in prices even before they're planted.

Watching him with keen interest is Afghan Agriculture Minister Mohammad Asef Rahimi. He's thinking of farmers back home.

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October 18th, 2010
08:17 AM ET

NATO official: Bin Laden in northwest Pakistan

Kabul, Afghanistan - Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are believed to be hiding close to each other in houses in northwest Pakistan, but are not together, a senior NATO official said.

"Nobody in al Qaeda is living in a cave," said the official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the intelligence matters involved.

Rather, al Qaeda's top leadership is believed to be living in relative comfort, protected by locals and some members of the Pakistani intelligence services, the official said.

Read the full story from CNN's Barbara Starr

Filed under: Osama bin Laden