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Afghan Leading Presidential Candidate Survives Bomb Attack

A suicide bomber struck the convoy of Abdullah Abdullah, the front-runner in the first round of Afghanistan's presidential election, near the capital Kabul.

Four civilians were killed in the explosion and some of Abdullah's guards were wounded, but the candidate himself has no injuries, as Al-Jazeera English reports citing a televised statement he made shortly after the incident.

Taliban threaten Afghan election, warn voters to stay away

Taliban insurgents threatened Monday to attack Afghanistan's run-off presidential election, warning voters to stay away from polling stations for fear of injury or death.
      
Afghans are due to go to the polls on June 14 to choose whether Ashraf Ghani or Abdullah Abdullah should succeed President Hamid Karzai.
      

Incumbent Athens mayor chides rival over remarks

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis on Friday chided Aris Spiliotopoulos, his New Democracy rival in May’s local elections, after the deputy likened Athens to Kabul in the wake of Thursday’s bomb explosion outside the Bank of Greece.

“He is undermining the city’s effort to improve in terms of tourism,” Kaminis said on Skai Radio.

Suicide Attack Kills Romanian Soldier in Afghanistan

The Romanian defence ministry said in a statement on Monday that a vehicle carrying explosives crashed head-on into the military vehicle in which Claudiu Constantin Vulpoiu and his five fellow servicemen were travelling.

The Romanian troops were on patrol in Zabul province, on the Kabul-Kandahar highway. Vulpoiu, 41, had served in six missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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