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

Voters were at the polls on this day known as Super Tuesday. They choose their democratic or republican naminee for Noveber presidential election. In last minute of appeals, the presidential candidates appeared on various television networks today to urge their voters to got to the polls to reiterate the positions on the topics such as health cares and economy. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more details in this reports.

Senator Hillary Clinton and senator Barack Obam will do better in 22 democratic contests around the country, including states with large numbers of delegates like California, New York and New Jersey. The lastest national public opinion polls show Obama gains on Clinton and races nearly even. But Clinton continues to hold a narrow lead over Obma in most of large states voting on Tuesday. In the republican race, 21 states are holding nomination contests on Tuesday. Senator John McCain is trying to defend off challenge from former Massachusetts governor Mit Romney. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckebee hopes to do well in some of southern primaries on Tuesday While Texas congress man Ron Paul is looking for a strong showing in Alaska. More than 1000 republican delegates are at stake on Tuesday. A total of 191 delegates are required to win the republican nomination. Jim Malone, VOA news, Washinton.

France has warned rebels in Chad that it might intervene the conflict there if rebel forces continue to threaten the capital N'Djamena. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said today that France will do its duty and has the means to respond to the continued rebel aggression. He was speaking a day after United Nations Security Council called on all member states to support the Chadian government. France has about 1500 troops stationed in Chad, the former French colony.

The Kenyan Red Cross says the death toll from post-election violence in that country has risen to 1000. Red Cross officials announced the new figures today as the government and opposition negotiators worked to resolve political differences steming from December diputed election.

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has a meeting of talks in Nairobi and he is giving two sides 15 days to resolve the crisis. On Monday, the rival sides agreed on plans to assist 3000 people made homeless by more than a month of fighting.

US Secretary of State C Rice departs later today for London where she will meet with British officials to discuss growing concerns about NATO troop levels in Afghanistan. Bush Administration wants NATO countries to commit more troops there. VOA's Steven Gullus has more details in this report from the State Department.

Rice's London talks with Prime Minister Gorden Brown and Foreign Secretary Devid M have be portrayed here as strategy sessions in advance of the alliance-wide ministerial meetings on Afghanistan. Both the United States and Britain are moving to increase their troop commitment in Afghanistan especially in the volatile southern part of the country where insurgent activity by Tabliban has been increasing. The Bush Administration has made it clear it would like other NATO country to boost their Afghan contingents as well. Divisions over the issue flared into the open last week when Germany, whose forces were relatively stable in the northern part of Afghanistan, bluntly spurned a call by US defense minister Robert Gates to send combat troops and aircrafts to the south. Canada meanwhile threatened to pull its troops out of Afghanistan next year unless other allies send reinforcements.
Steven Gullu, VOA news, he State Department.

Meanwhile Japan says it will give Afghanistan 110 million dollars in aid to help with border security, literacy and in-the-plight refugees in the country. Japan announced its pledge toay at the beginning of a two day international conference in Tokyo on Afghan reconstruction aid. Representatives from 24 countries and internatioal organizations are atteding the meeting.
Speaking in Tokyo today the Afghan Foreign Minister thanked the international community for help and asked for its continued support.

US stock market indexes dropped sharply as trading got under way today. The Dow Jones Industry Average lost 1% to hit 12501. The S & P 500 fell one quarter of one percent to reach 1363 and Nasdaq was off 1.5% to hit 2348.

More details on this and more at voanews.com 24 hours a day. I am Frances Alonzo.


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