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

Voting counting has begun in Pakistan where a general election was held today following months of political violence. Partial early results could be available late today. Official returns are not expected till Wednesday. Opposition parties are predicting strong gains in the balloting. VOA's B N reports from the capital, Islamabad.

Local media reported morning turnout was late in Pakistan's cities but picked up in the morning. After casting his vote in Rawalpindi, president Pervez Masharraf told state television that he wants all parties to end the confrontational politics that has gripped the country in recent months. Mr. Masharraf said he is ready to work with whatever party win the election and whoever become the country's new prime minster. The president has said he believes lawmakers allied with his key party may win the majority of seats despite recent survey that indicated opposition party had the stroggest support. Voters are choosing lawmakers for seats in Pakistani National Assembly as the lowest full provincial assemblies. Election Officials have denied there is a plan to rig the vote, but similarly politically motivated violence in recent months has raised concerns about how opposition parties will respond if they believe the election was rigged. B N, VOA news, Islambad.

A suicide car bomber has killed at least 37 people and wounded more than 30 in southern Afghanistan, a second such deadly attach in 24 hours. Interior ministry officials say today's attack targeted a Canadian military convoy in the town of S in southern province Kandahar. Officials say those killed in the blast were civilians. At least 3 Canadian soldiers were wounded. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for today's bombing. The blast was one day after Afghanistan's deadliest suicide attack since Taliban was ousted in 2001. At least 100 people were killed Sunday when a bomber blew himself off in a crowd of people watching a dog-fighting competition outside Kandahar city.

President Bush reaffirmed his support for Kosovo's independence. The president told US television interview, in his words, "the Kosovos are now independent". But It stands short of formally recognizing Kosovo's statehood saying the Unites States will be guided by United Nations's blueprint for the territory. Mr.Bush spoke on a trip to African today as deeply divided European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels to discuss Kosovo's declaration of independence. All 27 EU member countries have endorsed dipatching a police and administrative mission to Kosovo to boost its stability.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Kenya to meet with various parties in the country's reconciliation talks. US official's one day visit is seen as a reason international pressure for a political settlement to the disputed Kenya's election. VOA's Scott Bot reports from Nairobi.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in the Kenya's capital and immediately met with the chief mediator in the crisis talks, Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. After the meeting, Rice said December election did not produce an outcome that would led to the government of Kenya, so that outcome now had to be produced by negotiation and goodwill. "There are needs to be a goverment arrangment that allows power sharing that allow a coalition, a grand coalition so that Kenya can be governed." Rice's one day visit also included separate meeting with president Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga. The two sides have agreeed on the need for politial solution to the Kenyan crisis, but goverment negotiators have rejected power sharing which opposition demands. Rice was sent to Kenya by presiden Bush who also said the US goverment wants to see a power sharing agreement. Kenyan Foreign minister M T reacted angrily to the remark, saying any solution must be a Kenyan one. Scott Bob, VOA news, Nairobi.

President Bush travelled to Tanzania' rural north today to promote the fight against mosquito-borne malaria. Mr.Bush announced the plan of 2005 to reduce malaria deaths by 50% in 15 sub-Sahara African countries, the worst affected region in the world.

The top US negotiator on North Korea's nuclear weapon program has arrived in China on a trip that is focused on helping restart stalled disarmament talks. Speaking with reporters today in Beijing, Christopher Hill said he has met with Chinese officials and welcome to any support and any opportunity to meet North Korea's representatives in China.

I am Suan Yankee, VOA news. More news on the internet at voanews.com.

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