Former presidential candidate Ben Carson, pictured, is expected to endorse Donald Trump at a press conference on Friday.
Mr Carson officially suspended his presidential campaign last week saying he saw “no path forward”.
Mr Carson’s business manager, Armstrong Williams, said Mr Trump and Mr Carson were to meet but declined further comment. Another failed Republican candidate, Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, endorsed Mr Trump, the Republican front-runner, last month.
An endorsement would surprise many of Mr Carson’s backers because Mr Trump has criticised Mr Carson’s past throughout the presidential race. Mr Carson, however, recently spoke highly of Mr Trump and some observers people close to him say he has come to see Mr Trump as the Republican Party’s best chance of winning the election.
Dozens dead after recent clash between rival Taliban sects
Clashes between rival Taliban groups have resulted in the deaths of as many as 100 militants. Followers of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor clashed with supporters of a breakaway group led by Mohammad Rasool in Herat Province. The conflict is complicating attempts to encourage peace talks led by a group of Afghan, Pakistani, American and Chinese officials. The four countries have called on all Taliban factions to take part in the reconciliation process.
The Taliban has declined to join the talks “unless the occupation of Afghanistan is ended, blacklists eliminated and innocent prisoners freed”. A spokesman for the peace council has responded that Taliban knows those demands cannot be met unless they negotiate.
Bad spelling thwarts $1billion theft
Unknown hackers misspelling “foundation” prevented a nearly $1 billion heist involving the Bangladesh central bank and the New York Federal Reserve. Using stolen credentials from the Bangladeshi bank hackers successfully completed four transfers totalling $81 million to the Philippines before staff at the routing bank, Deutsche Bank, spotted the spelling error in a non-profit “fandation’s” name and sought confirmation. More than two dozen more queued transactions were then aborted.
Female MPs sue conservative over degrading comments
Female MPs in Iran are suing a conservative member, Nader Ghazipour, for insulting women in parliament. Mr Ghazipour, who was elected last month, said “Parliament is not a place for foxes, donkeys and women.” The female members, and several male colleagues, filed complaints with Iran’s prosecutor-general, the parliament’s supervision committee and the speaker. Mr Ghazipour has since apologised for his comments, but the lawsuit won’t be withdrawn because, the women say, he must be held responsible. – Compiled from web sources by Ashleigh Cant