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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.

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.


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