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From the VOA news in Washington. I am Frances Alonzo.

Police battled Machete wielding mobs in Kenya's Raft valley today as the country's presidential election violence spread to more areas. Witnesses say hundreds of people from rival Luo Cokoyu tribes, many of them bearing axes, clubs and rocks, confronted each other today in the city of Novasha. The groups retreated only when police fired shots in the air. Police also fired bullets and teargas to control mobs in the western city of Kosumo. Residents say Luo set fire that killed at least people and that police shooting killed two.

A roadside bomb in southern Somalia killed at least 4 people, including two foreign aid workers. Police and witnesses say the victims were killed today, driving across the city of Kisimal. They say two Somalis, a Kenya and French citizens were killed.

President Bush is preparing to delivery final state of the Union Address, the annual speech before the congress that oulines president policy agenda for the coming year. White house aides say the president will focus on discussing plans to keep the US economy from slipping into a recession. VOA White House correspondent Paulo Wulson previews the president's address.

White House officials say the president will not spend much time looking back. Instead, they say he will look to the future in his final state of the Union Address. White House spokeswoman D Polino says he will talk about areas where he feels he can work in concert with the democratic majority in congress. Key is among the misery measures is intent to stimulate the US economy and enhance efforts to counter the terrorist threat. The president will call on congress to act quickly to pass a economic stimulus package along the lines of agreements White house recently reached with democratic and republican leaders in house of representives. Mr. Bush is also likely to talk some late about his hopes for middle east peace deal that would lay down a preliminary of Palestinian state and there is no doubt he will speak some late about his desire to see democracy take a solid root in a stable Iraq. Paulo Wulson, VOA news, the White House.

US stocks were slightly lower today, resisting the steep losses recorded in Asia. Major stock indexes in New York fell last 1% after the opening bell. In Asia, earlier markets fell between 4 and 7% on fears of recession of the United Stated or weakened demands for Asian exports. The major European indexes in London, Paris and Frankfurt were also down in Monday's trading.

Egyptian borders guards began restricting traffic across the border of the Gaza Strip. It comes 5 days after parts of the border security fence were blown up, allowing Palestinians to flood into Egypt to buy food and supplies. VOA corespondent Chelse McDana has more details from the border town of the Rafah.

After 5 days of virtually unrestricted traffic, Egyptian border guards began exerting some control over the vehicls crossing the border. But, Pedestrians continue to pass through freely. The rains kept crowds thinner than on previous days and turned the town to a mudy mess. There were still thousands of people gingerling navigating around the badly-flooded streets, They slothing to ankle-deep mud to cross the border in both direction. Egyptian security forces brought in more reinforcements and set up scores of checkponts on every road meeting out of Rahaf to prevent Palestinians from Gaza from heading for the nearby town of Iralish about 45 km away. The Rafah border post is the only way in or out of Gaza that bypasses Israel, but it had been almost entirely closed since Hamas violently took control of Gaza in June. Chelse McDana, VOA news, Rafah.

Pakistani Interior Ministry says gunmen have released all the children briefly held hostage in a high school in a northwestern province. A ministry spokesman says the gunmen surrendered the local tribal counsel along with their weanpon and released the children. The ministry said up to 250 students had been held. Meanwhile, Pakistani president Pervez Musheraf and British prime minister Gorden Brown have opened talks in London as opponents of Pakistan's leader demonstrated nearby. The talks attended in Downstreet is expeted to focus on the struggle against terrorism as well as efforts to guarantee the next month parliamentary election in Pakistan will be free and fair.


I am Frances Alonzo in Washington. You are listening to VOA news.
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