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I'm Susan Yackee from VOA News Center in Washington.

Illinois Senator Barack Obama swept up more delegates Saturday in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, winning the day's two caucuses and one primary. On the Republican side, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee won two victories. VOA's Greg Flakus reports.

Barack Obama won handily in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington state, with a comfortable lead in all three contests over New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Speaking to reporters in Richmond, Virginia, Obama celebrated his victories. "Today the voters from the west coast to the Gulf coast to the heart of America stood up to say Yes we can." These wins should help Obama as he moves to the next set of important contests, in Maryland and the District of Columbia, where he is heavily favored, and in Virginia, which is hotly contested. On the Republican side Saturday, Mike Huckabee chalked up victories in both Kansas and Louisiana, to Republican frontrunner John McCain is widely viewed as the probable Republican nominee, he faces rifts within his party over positions he's taken on such issues as tax cuts and immigration reform. Greg Flakus, VOA news, Houston.

US Defense secretary Robert Gates has made a direct appeal to European government to send more troops to join the war in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today at an International Security Conference in N Germany. He says the threat of islamic extremism is real, and voice concern that many Europeans may not in his words "comprehend the magnitude of the direct threat" to European security. Gates said the situation in afghanistan is threatening turn NATO into a two teared organization of those willing to fight extremism and those who are not.

The top US military officer met with pakistanian military commanders in the northwest Frontier province today. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of Joint Chief of Staff, traveled to the provincial capital Peshawar to discuss pakistanian military efforts against al-Qaeda and Taliban in the region nere afghnistan. His visit came after meetings with pakistanian president Pervez Musharraf and army chief Ashibark Pervez Kayayini in islamabad. E said today that the threat of islamic extremism is growing in pakistan.

Burma's military goverment says it will hold a referendum on a new constitution in May and plans generally elections in 2010. As Ron Corben reports from Bangkok, the news is being greeted with hope, but skepticism by both Burmese and foreign analysts.

The announcement by state controlled media is being received with cautious optimism by Burmese who view the news as a possible step forward after more than four decades of military rule. But, human rights groups are warning it may be a tactic by the military government to ease international pressure to reform after it violently suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations last year. The crackdown on protest marches led by Buddhist monks killed at least 31 people and injured many more. The opposition National League for Democracy(NLD), led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has also reacted cautiously to the announcement about elections. A spokesman says it does not make sense to set a date for elections before the results of the referendum are known. Ron Corben for VOA news, Bangkok.

The US military says documents captured from leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq show the group has been weakened and at least two parts of the country. military says today that a letter written by a senior al-Qaeda Emir gives a pessimistic account of the group's prospects in western Iraq's Anbar province, says the letter was found in november. (Ambar is) where Sunni tribal leaders turned against al-Qaeda in iraq in 2006 and formed the first US allied awakening council.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed to pursue anyone involved in terrorist attacks at Israel. Minister Olmert's comments came at cabinet meeting today, the day after a palestinian rocket seriously wounded an Israeli boy. Mr. Olmert says Israel will target all terrorist elements including those who act as dispatchers and handlers. he says Israel must act in an orderly and authentical manner.

The United Nation's Refugee Agency says thousands of people from Sudan's Darfur region have fled to neighboring Chad following goverment attacks on three towns. the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee says the agency is sending a team to investigate the situation. Sudan's army confirmed friday's military operations.

I'm Susan Yackee, VOA news. More news on the internet at voanews.com.

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