Bush begins Africa trip
US President George W Bush arrived in Tanzania, his second stop in a six-day Africa visit that will also take him to Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia.
Bush began his trip earlier Saturday when he made a brief stop in the western African country of Benin and met with its president, Thomas Yayi Boni, in Cotonou before flying on to Tanzania.
President Jakaya Kikwete greeted the US president on arrival in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam Saturday evening.
He said he is sending US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Kenya Monday to support negotiations mediated by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.
Post-election violence has threatened the stability and economic well being of one of Africa's most successful democracies. The stalemate over the disputed polls in December sparked a wave of violence that has left more than 1,000 dead and more than 300,000 displaced.
Bush said Rice would stress to the participants in the talks "that there ought to be a power sharing agreement" and an end to violence.
Before heading for Tanzania Bush stressed US support for the fight against malaria: "I stand here as a friend and partner ... prepared to fight sickness and poverty."
At the top of the US president's agenda is Africa's vital role in US strategic security interests - a role that he says can best be guaranteed by supporting economic development and fighting the AIDS and malaria epidemics that undermine Africa's welfare.
"We have seen that conditions on the other side of the world can have a direct impact on our own security," Bush said on Thursday. "We also know that if Africa grows in freedom and prosperity and justice, its people will choose a better course."
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday vowed to expand military cooperation with the country's allies, noting that Moscow is ready to offer them its most advanced weapons. Putin hailed the Russian military's action in Ukraine, which has triggered massive Western sanctions, and thanked Moscow's allies for their support. “We highly appreciate that we have many allies, partners and people who share our thinking on various continents,” he said.
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China has carried out fresh military drills near self-governed Taiwan in response to the ongoing visit of US lawmakers to the island as high tension, sparked earlier this month by the visit of US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to Taipei, continues in the Taiwan Strait. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory and says official ties between the island and another country is a violation of the mainland's sovereignty.
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Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to six more years in prison on Monday in a judgment that could further anger supporters of the 77-year-old Nobel peace prize laureate. It's the fourth round of criminal verdicts against Suu Kyi since the military seized power in a 2021 coup and brings her total jail term to 17 years, extinguishing any chance of her staging a political comeback while the junta remain in power.