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I am Susan Yankee, from the VOA news center in Washington.

An Afghan provincial governor says 80 people have killed and many others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in southern city of Kandahar. Governor A D K says the bomber set off the explosive today at a dog-fighting competition attended by hundreds of people. They blamed the attack on Taliban but so far no one has claimed responsibility.

Kosovo's parliament has approved the declaration of independence from Serbia. Extraordinary session opened today with the region's prime minister Hashim Thaci calling Kosovo from this date forward proud, independent and free. Tens of thousands of jubilant ethnic Albanians packed streets outside the parliament building as Mr. Thaci read the declaration to lawmakers. Earlier president Bush said he will work with allies to ensure there is no violence surrounding Kosovo's declaration of independence. VOA's White House Scott Sterne reports.

President Bush says the United States will continue to work with its allies to do the very best it can to make sure there is no violence surrounding Kosovo's decision. At a news conference in Tanzania, Mr. Bush was asked if he supports independence for Kosovo. The president did not answer the question directly, saying instead the future of the province is central to regional security. "Our position is that its status must be resolved in order for Baltic to be stable", he said. Serbia opposed its independence for predominately ethnic Albanian province and says it will use every political measures possible to prevent recognition of Kosovo's independence. Serbia says it will protect ethnic minority Serbians who remain in Kosovo. President Bush says he is hopeful that Kosovo's decision will not lead to further violence. Scott Sterne, VOA news with the president in Dar es Salaam.

President Bush has met with Tanzania's president in Dar es Salaam and signed a nearly 700 million dollar grant to stimulate economic growth in the east African nation. Mr. Bush spoke about the move at the news conference." I am proud to sign along with the president the largest millennium challenge in the history of the United States here in Tanzania. It provides nearly 700 million dollars over 5 years to improve Tanzania's transportation network, secure and reliable supply of energy and expanding access to clean and safe water. My hope is that such initiative will be part of an effort to transform parts of this country to become a more hopeful place. Please, Mr. president", he said. Mr. Bush also urged the US congress to renew his global AIDS program. President Bush wants to double the size of the program from 15 billion dollars already spent to 30 billion over the next 5 years.

In Kenya, the government and opposition negotiators are preparing to resume reconciliation talks after making progress last week on political solution to the Kenya's crisis. Correspondent Scot Bob reports from Nairobi.

Government and opposition negotiators prepare to resume a fourth-week talks after a three day break for consultation with their leaders. Chief mediator Kofi Annan said two sides have made considerable progress toward political settlement on the December election. 1000 people were killed and several hundreds of thousands were displaced in a violence that erupted after the opposition said the vote was rigged. US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was expected Monday in the Kenya's capital to meet with president Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga. A senior administration official said a main purpose of Rice's mission was to underscore that the Kenya's government does not have the unqualified support of the US government unless it compromises in the talks. Government negotiators reportedly have resisted a proposed coalition government. The opposition which own nearly one half of the seats in parliament have demanded a sizable number of ministerial posts under such arrangement. Scot Bob, VOA news, Nairobi.

Pakistani voters are preparing for Monday's long -awaited parliamentary elections to meet concerns of more violence following a deadly bomb blast. A suicide attack on an opposition political rally late Saturday near the body with Afghanistan killed at least 47 people and left many others wounded.

Iraqi officials say a woman suicide bomber has blew herself off in a central Baghdad store, killing at least 3 people. US military however says only the bomber was killed in today's blast where two people were wounded. Military says a Iraqi soldier fired the woman when they saw her wearing something bulgy and holding wires in her hand.

I am Susan Yankee, VOA news. You can more news on the internet at voanew.com.











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