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By Compiled from wire service reports by Robert Kilborn / February 22, 2008



Across the former Yugoslavia, ethnic Serbs vented their anger again Thursday at the declaration of independence by Kosovo. In the Serb capital, Belgrade, analysts said they worried that the protests could escalate into a silencing of opposition and pro-Western political forces, as seen in the Slobodan Milosevic era. Above, police at a Serbia-Kosovo border crossing confront angry protesters.

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Kenya's government said it has agreed in principle to a power-sharing solution to the ongoing political crisis that would result in creation of a prime ministership. But negotiators for President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga were still discussing how the post would be filled and what its responsibilities would be. Odinga is considered virtually certain to fill the role, although he has accused Kibaki of reneging on a pledge to give it to him in exchange for his support in the presidential election of 2002.

A declaration by Moqtada al-Sadr to be read at Friday prayers is expected to extend the cease-fire between his militant followers and US and Iraqi forces, sources close to the radical Shiite cleric said. They said the extension likely would be for another six months.

Despite the bitter cold, an estimated 25,000 protesters gathered in a public square in Armenia's capital for a second straight day, calling on authorities to annul the presidential election and schedule a new one. The supporters of defeated candidate Levon Ter-Petrosian claimed their poll-watchers had been the target of violence and vowed to protest "nonstop ... until we win." Elections officials said Ter-Petrosian won 21.5 percent of the vote, compared with just under 53 percent for Prime Minister Serge Sarkisian.

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