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I'm Bill Thompson from the VOA News Center in Washington.

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 25 others injured in a suicide bomb explosion at a main election rally in northwestern Pakistan. The bomb went off in a town in North-West Frontier Province, close to the stage where people had gathered to hear the Awami National Party leader speak. He was unhurt. Also today, at least 2,000 police officers were dispatched to a small southeastern town as former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's party holds its first rally since her assassination in December. Pakistan meanwhile is scoffing at a senior US official's assertion that Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders are operating out of the remote tribal areas of Pakistan. A Foreign Ministry spokesman says Islamabad will take action if Washington can provide intelligence to back up its claim.

Residents of four US states are voting or going to party caucuses today to choose nominees for president. Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in a tight race for the Democratic Party's nomination, while Senator John McCain is now the heavy favourite to win the Republican nomination after his chief rival, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, suspended his own campaign on Thursday. As VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports, Senator McCain has some serious work to do to unify the Republican Party behind his candidacy.

Conservatives have long clash with McCain over his initial opposition to President Bush's tax curb program and his support for measures that would establish a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham raised doubts about McCain in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. "I think the question is what you've been doing for conservatives lately." Later, McCain was greeted by the same group with a mixture of jeers and cheers. "All I ask of any American conservative, moderate, independent, or enlightened Democrat, is to judge my record as a whole and accept that I am not in the habit of making promises to my country that I do not intend to keep." Many conservatives also dislike McCain because he has a reputation as a maverick Republican who has been willing to work with liberal Democrats on issues such as climate change and campaign finance reform. Jim Malone, VOA News, Washington.

Turkish lawmakers have approved controversial constitutional amendments that will end a decades-old ban on Islamic head scarves at the country's universities. The change will allow female students to wear head scarves as long as the scarves are tied under the chin, leaving the face more exposed. Burqas(also burkas ^^), however, which cover the entire body, will remain prohibited.

Group of Seven finance ministers are worried that the US economy is going to slide even further and that will hurt global economic growth. In a draft statement today at the G-7 meeting, the finance leaders pledged to work together to promote stability. US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson acknowledges that the global economy faces downside risks that are in his words "serious and persisting".

US officials say that as many as six detainees now being held at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba may face charges in the next few days related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Military prosecutors are said to be considering seeking the death penalty against at least one of those expected to be charged. Among those facing charges is Khalid Sheik Mohammed, a former senior aide to Osama bin Laden and a principal planner of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

Two separate attacks in Iraq have left 5 American troops dead, 4 killed yesterday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Baghdad, the other killed in an explosion during an operation in northern Iraq. Meanwhile, Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc says it is negotiating with the government on a possible return to the Iraqi cabinet.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will continue to target Kurdish rebels operating in northern Iraq. Mr. Erdogan says the offensive will continue in his words "until we win".

Lebanon's presidential election has been postponed again. It's the latest in a series of delays during the country's political crisis. Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says the parliamentary voting session will be moved now to February 26th.

I'm Bill Thompson, VOA News. More news on the Internet at voanews.com.
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