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From NPR News in Washington,I'm Paul Brown.

European Union Ministers are to meet today to determine how to react to Kosovo's declaration of independence yesterday. And the 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 not recognize the move. Jerome Socolovsky has more.

Many Spaniards genuinely belive their country is a step away from the slippery slippery slope of disintegration. They see the former Yugoslavia as their nightmare scenario. Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernández de la Vega already made it clear on Friday that Spain does not support Kosovo's declaration of independence. One commentator is 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 separatist conflicts peacefully. Since 1960s, the Basque group ETA 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 self-determination. From NPR News I'm Jerome Socolovsky, in Madrid.

A suicide car bomb targeting a Canadian convoy in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 8 Afghan civilians . 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 continued his visit to Tanzania today , he handed out anti-malaria bed net in the northern part of the country saying the U.S. is behind efforts to eradicate the disease. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Kenya to back mediation efforts to end the political crisis there and the violence that has claimed more than a 1000 lifes. Rice wants Kenya's president and the opposition to share power. This follows December's disputed presidential vote which the opposition claims was rigged. NPR's Ofebia Quist-Arcton reports from Nairobi.

Washington's considerable diplomatic weight to try to end political deadlock in Kenya has been welcomed by the mediator Kofi Anan. Pressure from seretary of state Condoleezza Rice should help the former UN chief who is trying to get Kenya's rival politicians to agree a power sharing deal and a grand coalition government. favored by President Bush.

However Kenya's foreign minister Moses Wetangula warned that his country would not accepet any agreement imposed from the outside. It should be as been and to our country, we have our constitution, we have laws, whatever agreetment to release. must not be illegal, must not be unconstitutional and must not be dangerous with the people of Kenya. The minister said no one should put a gun to anyone's head. Ofebia Quis-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 Hillary Clinton have been seeking an endorsement from Edwards. Wisconsin holds democratic and republican primaries tomorrow and Hawaii holds its democratic caucus. Chuck Quirmbach of Wisconsin public radio reports.

Obama's campaign says a winter strom in Wisconsin forced the cancellation of an event near Green Bay. And the illinois 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 a wide ranging conversation, there wasn't any clear objective , I've been with John Edward with support what I've said the day after he dropped out . this really was a different chance of shared ideas.

Obama say if he is the democratic nominee he would look at John Edwards as a possible running mate or eventually for other posts. Senator Hillary Clinton remained in Wisconsin and will campaign here today. while Obama splits his time between Wisconsin and Ohio. For NPR News I'm Chuck Quirmbach in Milwaukee

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

U.S. stock markets are closed for president's day today , in Europe stock prices rose in early trading. I'm Paul Brown. NPR News in Washington.


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