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I am Suan Yankee from the VOA news center in Washington.

Illinoise senator Barack Obama swept down more delegates Saturday in his bid for democratic presidential nomination, winning the days of two caucuses and one primary. On the republican side, former Arkansas governor Michael Huchebee won two victories. VOA's R P reports.

Barack Obama won handling in Louisiana, Neblaska and Washington State with a comfortful lead in all three contests over New York senator Hillary Clinton. Speaking to reporters In Richman, Virginia, Obama celebrated his victory. This win should help Obama as he moved to next settlement of important contests in Maryland and the Distict of Columbia where he is heavily favored and in Virginia which is hardly contested. On the Republic side Saturday, Michael Huchebee shot down victories in both Kansas and Louisiana to republican front-runner John McCain. He is widely abued as the probable republican nominee, he faces rips with his party over his position of the states on such issues as tax cuts and immigration reform. R P, VOA news, Houston.

US defense secretary Robert Gates has made a direct appeal to European goverments to send more troops to join the war in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today at a International Security Conference in Munich, Germany. He said the threat of Islamic extremists is real and voiced concerns that many Europeans may not , in his words, comprehend the magnitude of direct threat to European security. Gates said the situation in Afghanistan is threatening in turn to NATO in a two-t organization, of those willing to fight extremism and those who are not.

The top US military officer met with Pakistani military commanders in northwest frontier province today. A M, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff travelled to the provincial capital M to discuss Pakistani military efforts against Al-Qaida and Taliban in the reigon here in Afganistan. His visit came a day after meeting with Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and army chief A in Islamabad. A said today the threat of Islami extremism is growing in Pakistan.

Burma's military goverment says it will hold a referendum on a new constitution in May and plans general elections in 2010. As R C reports from Bankok the news is greeted with hope but skepticism by both Burmese and foreign analysts.

The announcement by state-controlled media has been received with cautious optimism by Burmese who viewed the news as a possible step forward after more than four decades of militrary rule. But human rights groups are warning it may be attempted by the military government to raise the 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 injuried many more. The opposition national league for democracy, NLD, led by Nobel laureate * has also reacted cautiously to the announcement about election. A spokeman says it does not make sense to set a day for election before the results of referendum are known. R C for VOA news, Bankok.

The US military says documents captured from the leaders of Al-Qaida in Iraq show the group has been weakened in at least two parts of the country. The military said today a letter written by a senior Al-Qaida emir gives a pessimistic account of the group prospect in western Iraq's A province and says the letter was found in November. A W, a Sunni tribal leader turning against Al-Qaida in Iraq in 2006, formed the first US ally's weakening council.

Israeli Prime Minister Olmert has vowed to pursue any one involved in terrorist attacks on Israel. Mr. Olmert comments came at a 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 acting dipatches aninis. He says Israel must act in an orderly and authentic manner.

The United Nations refuge agency says thousands of people from Sudan's Darfur region have fled to neighboring Chad following government attacks on three towns. The office of UN High Commissioner for Refuge says the agency is sending a team to investigate the situation. Sudan's army confirmed Friday's military operation.

I am Suan Yankee, VOA news. More news on the internet at voanews.com.
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