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Blast wounds four voters at southeast Afghanistan polling station

LOGAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Four voters were wounded in an explosion at a polling station in the southeastern province of Logar on Saturday, a few hours after Afghanistan's presidential election began. "The blast took place close to a polling station which is a school building and wounded four voters, one critically," Abdul Hameed, governor of the province's Mohammad Agha district, told Reuters. (Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

Canadian-born journalist Kathy Gannon wounded in attack in Afghanistan

KABUL - A Canadian-born journalist working for the Associated Press was wounded Friday while on assignment in Afghanistan. Kathy Gannon, 60, of Timmins, Ont., was shot twice and the news agency said she was in stable condition after undergoing surgery and that the surgery was described as successful. Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, of Germany was killed in the attack in eastern Afghanistan. The news agency said an Afghan police officer opened fire on the pair while they were sitting in their car in the outskirts of Khost city in Tani district.

AP tribute to photographer Anja Niedringhaus, slain in Afghanistan

Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Associated Press, was shot dead in Afghanistan's Khost Province on Friday on the eve of the presidential election in that country. The following is the Associated Press's tribute to Niedringhaus, redistributed with permission from the AP. ACCLAIMED PHOTOGRAPHER ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS DIES By ANGELA CHARLTON

Security measures make Kandahar a ghost town ahead of Afghan vote

By Jessica Donati KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Kandahar city, cradle of the Taliban insurgency, woke up a ghost town on Friday as police erected roadblocks as part of stringent security measures ahead of a presidential election that could mark Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power. To its residents accustomed to decades of war, rule by the Taliban, the arrival of foreign troops and, now, their imminent departure, the empty streets and shuttered shops amounted to little more than an inconvenience.

Afghan policeman shoots two foreign journalists, one killed

KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A veteran Associated Press photographer was shot dead and a reporter wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan, the news agency said. The attack took place on the eve of a presidential election that Taliban insurgents have pledged to disrupt through a campaign of bombings and assassinations. The AP said photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, had been killed and reporter Kathy Gannon, 60, wounded while they were sitting in their car.

Two female Western journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead

A female Western journalist was shot dead and another wounded in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost on Friday, police said, on the eve of the country's presidential election. "Two female journalists were shot this morning inside a district police headquarters, one has been killed, while the other is seriously wounded," Khost provincial spokesman Mobarez Mohammad Zadran told AFP. Zadran and deputy Khost police chief Yaqub Mandozai said that the gunman was wearing police uniform.

Two female Western journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead

A female Western journalist was shot dead and another wounded in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost on Friday, police said, on the eve of the country's presidential election. "Two female journalists were shot this morning inside a district police headquarters, one has been killed, while the other is seriously wounded," Khost provincial spokesman Mobarez Mohammad Zadran told AFP. Zadran and deputy Khost police chief Yaqub Mandozai said that the gunman was wearing police uniform.

German AP photographer shot dead in Afghanistan

An Afghan police commander on Friday shot dead a female German photographer working for the Associated Press on the eve of presidential elections, in an attack that also left a Canadian colleague wounded, the news agency and officials said. The journalists were shot in their car in the Tanai district of Khost province, in the country's east, as they reported on distribution of ballot papers for the election to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

Kabul's 'Bush bazaar' hopes election will revive business

Kabul shopkeeper Haji Najimullah is furious with the Americans. Not for their long military intervention in Afghanistan, but the fact they are leaving, robbing his market stall of an important supplier. Hundreds of stallholders in Kabul's "Bush bazaar" have made a tidy living selling on "surplus" equipment and rations -- much of it pilfered -- from the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan.

Hunting Taliban ahead of the Afghan election

In a small village in a poppy-covered valley in eastern Afghanistan, a group of soldiers rest and eat after shelling the Taliban for several hours -- until a burst of gunfire cuts lunch short. The men of the Afghan army's fourth infantry brigade have been tasked with clearing the Taliban from the Khogyani and Sherzad districts of the restive province of Nangarhar, ahead of Saturday's presidential election first round.
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