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From the VOA news center in Washington, I'm Frances Alonzo.

US media say democratic, former North Carolina senator John Edwards is dropping out of the race for US president. Edwards is expected to formally announce his decision later today in New Orleans. It's not known if he will endorse either of the 2 remaining Democratic candidates, Illinois Senator Barack Obama or New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Among the Republican presidential hopefuls, Senator John McCain of Arizona says his victory Tuesday in Florida Republican primary gives his campaign momentum heading into next week's multi-state primaries and caucuses. On the Democratic side, Clinton won in Florida over Obama.

Kenyan authorities have warned they will act tougher to stem the cycle of violence that has killed more than 800 people since last month's disputed election. The Kenyan Internal Security Minister said today that the authorities would not allow what he called "criminals and hooligans" to run around. He also said police will ensure (感觉这个拼法用得比较普遍呵呵)the Kenya's roads and rail lines / remain open.

US economic growth slowed down sharply in last three months of 2007, increasing the probability that the Central Bank will cut interest rate again today. Many economists surveyed by news organizations expect the US Federal Reserve to cut the key interest rate by half a percent.

Meanwhile, the US state, the US senate rather is considering its version of US economic stimulus plan, a day after the House of Representatives passed the separate plans backed by President Bush. Lawmakers in both chambers hope to agree on a final bill to send to President Bush as quickly as possible, perhaps by the middle of February. VOA's Dan Robinson has more details in this report.

Approval of the stimulus package in the House shifts the focus to the Senate where Democrats have proposed adding $10 billion or more for the unemployed and elderly Americans. That's something President Bush warned against in his State of the Union Address Monday. During Tuesday's House debate, partisan bickering was largely absent as Republicans and Democrats voiced support for steps to help avoid a recession by injecting money into the pockets of Americans by providing many taxpayers with a 600 dollar tax rebate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi repeated an appeal to the Senate to adopt the House version of the stimulus package, saying she feels the figure passed by the House is what can be handled at the moment. President Bush has this reaction to the House passage of this stimulus bill. "I do want to congratulate the House of Representatives for overwhelmingly passing an economic growth package that will help our economy. The temptation is going to be for the Senate to load it up. Dan Robinson, VOA news, Capitol Hill.

The board of the French bank, Societe Generale has decided to keep Chairman Daniel Bouton in his post despite increasing pressure for his resignation after a 7-billion-dollar trading scandal at the institution. The board today also announces it will set an independent committee to investigate the losses blamed on young trader Jerome Kerviel.

Australia will issue its first formal apology for past mistreatment to the country's Aboriginal people early next month. From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports.

The apology by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be the first act of the new government, when Australian parliament reopens in Canberra on February 13th. The comments would acknowledge injustices suffered by Aborigines in the years after European colonization that began in the late 1700's. The apology will include reference to the so-called "Stolen Generations. " These were young Aborigines taken forcibly from their families by the authorities and placed in foster homes. It was an official attempt to dilute indigenous culture, and the practice persisted from 1910 until the 1970's. A hundred thousand / children were affected. Members of the Stolen Generations have said they had been taken from their families, amounting to kidnap from which they suffered / great trauma. Senior officials say the apology will not attribute guilt to the current generation of Australian people, nor will it offer a compensation. Phil Mercer, for VOA News, Sydney, Australia.

Israel's Supreme Court has upheld a government's decision to cut the fuel suplies to Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Israel has blockaded the Gaza with Egypt's cooperation since Hamas seized control of the region last June. Meanwhile, in Cairo today, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed the border situation.

You can read details on this and more on our website 24 hours a day at voanews. com. I'm Frances Alonzo, VOA News.

From the VOA news center in Washinton. I am Fances Alonzo.
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