In a blunt warning to Serbian leaders, Kosovo's prime minister said they should forget about trying to exert control over the newly declared state. Hashim Thaci said he is in "constant contact" with NATO to prevent "anyone from touching even one inch" of its soil. Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica has vowed that his government would continue to rule areas of Kosovo where "loyal citizens" wish to be under Serbian authority.Skip to next paragraph
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Negotiations over a settlement to Kenya's political crisis were suspended Tuesday by mediator Kofi Annan. But he insisted that they "have not broken down." The ex-UN secretary-general is under pressure to bring President Mwai Kibake and opposition leader Raila Odinga to a solution by Thursday, when the latter's supporters have vowed to resume nationwide protests. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the US would draw its own conclusions "about who is responsible for the lack of progress." Without elaborating, she said the US would "take necessary steps" if a deal isn't reached.
A special tribunal in Nigeria rejected two legal challenges to last year's election of Umaru Yar'Adua (l.) as president. The plaintiffs, who had alleged such massive vote-rigging as to make the outcome "not credible," were defeated in the election. Both said they would appeal Tuesday's rulings to the Supreme Court. The tribunal said they had failed to prove that violations of electoral law were serious enough to invalidate Yar'Adua's victory.
Mediator Amr Moussa of the Arab League left Beirut Monday night after failing again to achieve a breakthrough in Lebanon's political crisis, and parliament postponed for the 15th time its vote for president. Moussa said feuding pro- and anti-Syrian politicians had agreed to a new set of talks but remain unable to bridge the gap over sharing power in a new government. Lebanon has been without a president since November.