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I'm Susan Yarky from the VOA news center in Washington.
An Afghan provincial governor says 80 people have been killed and many other wounded in a suicide bomber attack in the southern city of Kandahar.Governor Asadullah Khalid says the bomber set off the explosives today at dog fighting competition attended by hundreds people.He blamed the attack on Taliban but no far no one has claimed responsibility.
Kosovo's parliament has approved the declaration of independence from Serbia.Extraordinary session opened today with region's prime minister Hashim Thaci calling Kosovo from the state 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 White House correspondent Scott Sterns 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 the 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 and the order for the Balkan is to be stable.Serbia opposes independence for the predominantly ethnic Albanian province and says it will use every political measure possible to prevent recognition of Kosovo's independence.Serbia says it will protect ethnic minority Serbs who remain in Kosovo.President Bush says it's hopeful that Kosovo's decision will not lead to further violence. Scott Sterns,VOA news with the president in Dar es Salaam .
President Bush has met with Tanzania's president in Dar es Salaam and signed the nearly 700 million dollar grant that help stimulate economic growth in the east African nation.Mr.Bush spoke about the move at the news conference.I'm proud to sign along the president the largest millennium challenge account in the history of the United States here in Tanzania.It provides nearly 700 million dollars over five years to improve Tanzania's transportation network,secure reliable supplies of energy and spend excess to clean unsafe water.My hope is that such initiative will be part of an effort to transform parts of this country to become more hopeful places.Mr.President.
Mr.Bush also urged the US congress to renew his global AIDS program.President Bush wants to double the size of the program from the 15 billion dollars already spent to 30 billion over the next five years.
In Kenya,government and opposition negotiators are preparing to resume reconciliation talks after making progress last week on the political solution to the Kenyan crisis.Correspondent Scott Bob reports from Nairobi.Government and opposition negotiators prepare to resume a fourth week of talks after three day break for consultation with their leaders.Chief mediator Kofi Annan said the two sides have made considerable progress toward political settlement on the December elections.1,000 people were killed and several hundred thousand were displaced in violence that erupted after the opposition said the vote was rigged.US Secretary of State Condalezza Rice was expected monday in the Kenyan 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 Kenyan 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 won nearly one half of the seats in Parliament have demanded a sizable number of ministerial posts under such arrangement.Scott Bob,VOA news, Nairobi.
Pakistani voters are preparing for monday's long awaited parlimentary elections and it concerns of more violence following a deadly bomb blast.The suicide attack at an opposition political rally late saturday near the border with Afghanistan killed at least 47 people and left many others wounded.
Iraqi officials say a woman suicide bomber has blown herself up in a central Bagdad store,killing at least 3 people.The US military,however,says only the bomber was killed in today's blast while two people were wounded.Military says Iraqi soldiers fired at the woman when they saw her wiring something both end holding wires in her hand.
I'm Susan Yarky,VOA news.You can get more news on the internet at voanews.com.


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