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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 Assadullah Khalid says the bomber set off the explosive today at a dog fighting competition attended by hundreds of people. He blamed the attack on the 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 step forward proud independent and free. Tens of thousands of Jubilant Arabic 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 make sure that there is no violence surrounding Kosovo's declaration of independence. VOA White House correspondance Scott Stearns 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's no violence surrounding Kosovo's decision. At a news conference in Tanzania, Mr Bush were asked whether he supports the independence of Kosovo, the president did not answer the question directly, saying instead that the future of the province is central to regional security.

Our position is that its status must be resolved in order for the Balkans to be stable.

Serbia opposes its independence for the predominant ethnic Albanian province and says it will use any 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 he is hopeful that Kosovo's decision will not lead to further violence. Scott Stearns, VOA News with the president in Dara Salam.

President Bush met with Tanzania's president in Dara Salam and signed a nearly 700-million-dollar grant to help stimulate economic growth in the east African nation. Mr Bush spoke about the move at a news conference.

I was proud to sign along with the president, the largest malaynian challenge accounted in the history of United States here in Tanzania.

It provides nearly 700 million dollars over 5 years to improve Tanzania's transportation network, secure reliable supplies of energy and expand access to clean and safe water. My hope is that such an initiative would be part of efforts to transform parts of this country to become a more hopeful place, 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 Kenyan, government and opposition negotiators are preparing to resume reconciliation talks after making progress last week on the political solution to the Kenyan crisis. Correspondance Scott Bob reports from Nairobi.

Government and opposition negotiators prepare to resume the fourth week of talk after 3 days break for consultations with their leaders. Chief mediator Kofi Annan said the two sides have made considerable progress toward political settlement of the December elections. One thousand people were killed and several hundred thousand 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 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 seats of the parliament, has demanded a sizable number of ministerial posts under such an arrangement. Scott Bob, VOAnews, Nairobi.

Pakistani voters are preparing for Monday's long-awaited parliamentary elections amid concerns of more violence following a deadly bomb blast. The suicide attacked an opposition political rally late Saturday near the border of Afaghanistan, killed at least 47 people and left many others wounded.

Iraqi official say a woman suicide bomber has blown herself up in a central Baghdad store, killing at least 3 people. The US military, however, says only the bomber was killed in today blast while 2 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, VOAnews. You can get more news on the Internet at VOAnews.com
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