Afghan President Rejects Need for International 'Favor' བོད་སྐད།

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he does not need approval from the international community.

Mr. Karzai defended his record Friday during an interview with Al Jazeera, calling Afghanistan a "good model" for democracy.

Western nations had urged Mr. Karzai to crackdown on corruption after he was reelected following elections marred by rampant fraud last August.

Mr. Karzai said that even though many countries have troops in Afghanistan, in his words, "I don't need to have their favor."

The Afghan leader said his government is working with international forces to fight terrorists and to promote safety and security.

Mr. Karzai also said he is not going to ask the international community for more money at an upcoming conference in London. Instead, he says he will ask countries to "stop arresting Afghans" and to reduce civilian casualties.

The United States and other NATO countries currently have more than 100,000 troops in Afghanistan.

On Thursday, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia, killing at least eight people and wounding more than 24 others.

A spokesman for the provincial governor said a security personnel supervisor was among those killed.

Hours earlier, a bomb hidden in trash ripped through the office of acting governor of neighboring Khost province, wounding him and several other senior officials, while Afghan security forces killed two would-be suicide bombers in Khost.

Also, hundreds of demonstrators chanted anti-U.S. slogans and burned an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama in the eastern city of Jalalabad. The demonstrators blame U.S. soldiers for a Wednesday roadside bombing near the city that killed four Afghan children and a policeman.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.