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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 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the southern city of Kandahar. Governor Asadullah Khaled says the bomber set off the explosive today at a dog fighting competition attended by hundreds of people. He blamed the attack on Taliban but so far no one has claimed responsibility.

Kosovo’s parliament has approved the declaration of independence from Serbia. The 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 street 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 correspondent Scaro Stones reports.

President Bush says the United States will continue to work with its allies to do the very best he 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 the bulk can still be stable. "

Serbia opposes independence for the predominate 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 serves who were remain in Kosovo. President Bush says he's hopeful that Kosovo’s decision will not lead to further violence. Scaro Stone, VOA news with the President in Dar es Salaam.

President Bush has met with Tanzania’sPresident in Dar es Salaam and signed a nearly 700 million dollars grant to help stimulate economic growth in that eastern African nation. Mr. Bush spoke about the move at the news conference. "I was proud to sign along with the President the largest millennium challenge account in the history of the United States, here in Tanzania. It will provide nearly 700 million dollars over 5 years to improve Tanzania’stransportation network, security, reliable supplies of energy and expand access to clean and safe water. My hope is that such an initiative will be part of an effort to transform parts of this country to become more hopeful place, Mr. President. " Mr. Bush also urged the US congress to renew his 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 Scarl Bar reports from Nairobi.

Government and opposition negotiators prepared to resume a fourth-week of talks after a 3-day break for consultations with their leaders. Chief mediator Kofi Annan said the two sides have made considerable progress toward political settlement of December elections. 1000 people were killed and several hundred thousands were displaced in violence that erupted after the opposition said the vote was rigged. US secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was expected Monday in Kenya 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 proposed coalition government. The opposition which wants nearly one half of the seats in parliament has demanded a sizable number of ministerial posts under such an arrangement. Scarl Bar, VOA news Nairobi.

Pakistani voters have prepared for Monday's long-awaited parliamentary elections and meet 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 off 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 wearing something bulky and 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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