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European Union ministers are to meet today to determine how to react the Kosovo’s declarations of independence yesterday. And UN Security Council plans to meet again. A number of countries in Europe are uneasy about Kosovo’s newly declared independence among them is Spain which says it will nor recognize the move. Jerome Socolovsky has more.

Many Spaniards generally believe their country is a step away from the slippery slope of disintegration. They see the former Yugoslavia as their nightmare scenario. Debity Prime Minister *** already made it clear on Friday that Spain does not support Kosovo’s declaration of independence. One commentator’s calling it “a Pandora’s box”. But in the Basque region the self-ruled government is welcoming the declaration. A spokeswoman says Kosovo offers a lesson on how to resolve separated conflicts peacefully. Since the 1960s, the Basque group Ata has killed more than 800 people in its fight for independence. The Spanish government has rejected the regional government’s proposal for a referendum on a self determination. For NPR News, I’m Jerome Socolovsky, in M**.

A suicide car bomb targeting a Canadian convoy in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 8 Afghan surveillances. This attack comes a day after the deadly suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan since the Taliban was toppled in 2001. The death toll in that attack has now surpassed 100.

President Bush continues his visit to Tanzania today. He handed out anti-malaria a bed nets in the northern part of the country saying the U.S. is behind efforts in eradicate the disease. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has arrived in Kenya to back mediation efforts to end the political crisis there and the violence that has played more than 1000 lives. Rice wants Kenya’s president in the opposition to share power. This follows December’s disputed presidential vote which the opposition claims was ripped. NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from Nairobi.

Washington’s considerable diplomatic wait to try to end the political deadlock in Kenya has been welcome by the mediate to Kofi A. Annan. Pressure from Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice should help the former UN chief who’s trying to get Kenya’s rival politicians to agree a passion deal and a grand collision government favored by President Bush. However, Kenya’s Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula warned that his country will not accept any agreement imposed from the outside. “It should just be just and benefit to our country, where we have the constitution, we have laws, whatever gloomy to relish, must not be illegal, must not be unconstitutional, and mustn’t be dangerous to the people Kenya.” The Minister said no one should put a gun to anyone’s head. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR News, Nairobi.

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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama met with former Democratic rival John Edwards in North Carolina yesterday. Obama and fellow candidate Hilary Clinton have been seeking in an endorsement from Edwards. Wisconsin holds Democratic and Republicans Primaries tomorrow at Hawaii holds its Democratic caucus. C.K. with consent public radio reports.

Obama’s campaign says a winter storm in Wisconsin the force the cancellation of **New Green Bay. And the annoy Democrat went to meet with Edwards. Obama says the two talked about issues like reducing poverty and helping working in middle class Americans. “So, it was wide-raging conversation, there wasn’t any queer objective, obviously that John Edwards will support for what I said that the day after he dropped out, this really was just a chance for us to share idea.” Obama says if he is the Democratic nominee he would look at John Edwards as a possible running mate or eventually for other posts. Senator Hilary Clinton remaining in Wisconsin and will campaign here today while Obama splits him time between Wisconsin and Ohio. For NPR News, I’m C.K. in Milwaukee.

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain has widely expected to pick up an endorsement from former president George H.W. Bush today. McCain has to meet with Mr. Bush in Texas and hold a rally tomorrow. Meanwhile, McCain’s loan remaining rival for the Republican nomination. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said again yesterday he’s in the campaign to stay and all the way to the party convention if necessary. Wisconsin holds its Republican and Democratic Primaries tomorrow.

U.S. stock markets are closed for president’s day today. And Europe stock prices rose in early trading.

I’m Paul Brown, NPR News, in Washington.




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