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Vote counting has begun in Pakistan where general election was held today following months of political violence. Partial earlier results could be available later today. Official returns are not expected until Wednesday. Opposition parties are predicting strong gains in the balloting. VOA’s BN reports from capital Islamabad.

Local media reported morning turned-out was late in Pakistan cites but picked up in the afternoon. After casting his vote in R P, President Musharraf told state television that he wants all parties to in to the confrontation of politics that have gripped the country in recent month. (confrontation policies) Mr.Musharraf said he is ready to work with whatever parties win the election and whoever becomes the country’s new prime minister. The president has said he believes law makers allied with his PMLQ party will win a majority of seats despite recent surveys that s opposition parties have strongest support. Voters are choosing law makers for seats and Pakistan’s national assembly as well as the four provincial assemblies. Election officials have denied there is a plan to rig the vote but simmering politically motivated violence in recent month has raised concerns about how opposition parties will respond if they believe the election was rigged.
VOA news, Islamabad.

A suicide car bomber has kill at least 37 people and wounded more than 30 in southern Afghanistan, the second such deadly attack in 24 hours. Until a ministry official said today’s attack targeted a Canadian military convoy in the town of S B in the southern province of Ghandehar. Officials say those killed in blast were civilians. At least 3 Canadian soldiers were wounded. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for today’s bombing. The blast came one day after Afghanistan’s deadliest suicide attack since the Taliban was elsted in 2001. At least 100 people were killed Sunday when a bomber blew himself up in a crowd of people watching a dog fighting competition outside Ghandahar city.

President Bush has reaffirmed his support for Kosovo’s independence. President told the U.S. television interview in his words “the Kosovoers are now independent”. But he stopped to assure the formally recognizing of Kosovo’s statehood, saying the United States will be guided by the United Nations’ blueprint for the territory. Mr. Bush spoke on the trip to Africa today as deeply divided European Union foreign ministers met in Brussels to discuss Kosovo’s declaration of independence. All 27 EU member countries have endorsed this B A and added a ministry of mission to Kosovo to foster its stability.

U.S. sectary of state C Rice is in Kenya to meet with the various parties in the country’s reconciliation talks. The U.S. official’s one-day visit is seen as raising international pressure for a political settlement to the dispute Kenyan elections. VOA’s GB report’s from Nairobi.

U.S. sectary of state C Rice arrived in the Kenyan capital and admittedly met with the chief mediator in the crisis talks, former U.N security general Kofi Annan. After the meeting, Rice said the December elections did not produce an outcome that would lead to the governments of Kenya, so that outcome now has to be produced by negotiation and goodwill.

There needs to be a government’s arrangement that will allow real problem sharing, that will allow a so that Kenya can be governed.

Rice’s one-day visit also included separated meetings with President W T and opposition leader AA. The two sides have agreed on a need for a political solution to the Kenya crisis, but government negotiators have rejected power sharing which the opposition demands. Rice was sent to Kenya by President Bush who also said the U.S. government wants to see a power sharing agreement. Kenya’s foreign minister M reacted angrily to the remark, saying any solution must be a Kenyan one.
Scott Bob VOA news, Nairobi.

President Bush traveled to Tanzania’s rural north today to promote the fight against mosquito born malaria. Mr. Bush announced the plan in 2005 to reduce malaria death by 50% in 15 sub-Saharan African countries, the worst effected region in the world.

The top U.S. negotiator on North Korea’s nuclear weapon programs has arrived in China. On a trip that is focused on helping restart this armament talks. Speaking with reporters today in Beijing, Cristopher Hill said he has met with Chinese officials and welcomed any support, any opportunity to meet with North Korean representatives in China.

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