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I am Susan Yankee, from the VOA news center in Washington.
An Afghan provincial governor says 80 people had been killed and many others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in southern city of kandaha. Governor asdulhali says, the bomber set off the explosives today at a dog fight 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. Extraordinary session opened today with the region's prime minister Hashim Thaci calling Kosovo from this day forward proud, independent and free. Tens of thousands of jubilant ethnic Albanians passed street outside the parliament building as Mr. Thaci read the declaration to lawmakers. Earlier, President Bush said, he will work with the allies to ensure there is no violence surrounding Kosovo's declaration of independence.
VOA's White House correspondent 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 the independence of Kosovo, the president did not answer the question directly, saying instead the future of the province is essential to regional security. "Our position is that its status must be resolved and the order of Balkan should be stable ". Serbia opposed this independence for predominant ethnic Albanian province. And says it will use any political measure possible to prevent the recognition of Kosovo's independence. Serbia says they will protect ethnic minority Serbian who remaining in Kosovo. President Bush said 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 Tanzanian's President in Dar es Salaam and signed a nearly 700 million dollars grant and they hope it simulate economic growth in the eastern African nation. Mr. President Bush spoke about the move at the news conference. "I am proud to sign along with President the largest millennium challenge account the history of United States and Tanzania. It provides nearly 700 million dollars over five years to improve the Tanzanian transportation network and secure the reliable supply of energy and expend the access to clean and safe water. My hope is that such initiative will be a part of an effort to transform parts of this country become more hopeful place, Mr. President. Mr. President Bush also urged US congress to renew his globe aids program, Mr Bush wants to double the size of the program from 15 billion dollars already spent to 30 billion dollars over next five years.

In Kenya, the government and opposition negotiators are preparing to resume the reconciliation talks after making progress last week on the political solution to Kenya's crisis, correspondent Scot Bob reports from Nairobi. "Government and opposition negotiators prepare to resume the forth-week talks after three days break for consultations with the leaders. Chief mediator Kofi Annan said the two sides had made considerable progress toward the political settlement on December elections. " one thousand people were killed and several hundred of thousand were displaced In the violence that erupted after the opposition said the vote was rigged. The US secretary of States Condoleezza Rice was expected Monday in Kenya capital to meet the president Mwai Kibaki and the opposition leader Raila Odinga. A senior administration official said a main purpose of Rice's mission was to underscore that Kenya government does not have unqualified support of the US government unless it compromises in the talks. The government negotiators reportedly have resisted a proposed coalition government. The opposition which won nearly one half seats in parliament has demanded the sizable number of ministerial post under such arrangement. Scot Bob, VOA news, Nairobi
Pakistan voters prepared for Monday long-awaited parliamentary elections are met concern of more violence following a deadly bomb blast, the suicide attack on an opposition political rally late Saturday near the border with the Afghanistan, killed at least 47 people and left many others wounded. Iraqi officials say a woman suicide bomber has blew herself up at central Bagdad store, killing at least 3 people. US military however says only bomber was killed in today's blast where 2 people were wounded. Miliary says Iraqi soldiers fired at the woman, when they saw she 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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