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Pakistani voters dealt a harsh blow to President Pervez Musharraf yesterday voting overwhelmingly against his political party in national parliamentary elections. Almost all the leading figures of Musharraf's ruling party were voted out of power. Early results show strong gains for the Pakistan Peoples Party, that's the party led by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed last December. The results were a strong rebuke of Musharraf's policies over the past five years and the U.S. government which just backed him as an ally in the Bush administration's so-called war on terror.
More follow-up from Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia today. Kosovo police called for help from NATO peace keepers after Serbs burned down run one boarder crossing and attacked another. The E.U.'s foreign policy chief Javier Solana traveled to Kosovo today to try to stave off a potential diplomatic crisis. And Serbia has recalled its ambassador form Washington in protest over America's support for Kosovo's declaration on Sunday. France, the U.K., Germany and Italy have also recognized the new state of Kosovo. Other states including Russia and Spain have not. More on this story coming up in the show.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Kenya's two shooting political parties to find a way to work together and end the political crisis that left more than a thousand people dead. Rice met separately with both the President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga. After those meetings on Monday, Rice said the time for reconciliation was yesterday.
Secretary CONDOLEEZZA RICE (U.S. Department of State): There needs to be a governance arrangement that will allow real power sharing, that will allow a coalition, indeed a grand coalition, so that Kenya can be governed.
MARTIN: Rice is the most senior U.S. official to visit Kenya since the disputed December 27th election triggered protests and mass ethnic conflict around the country.
Now the news closer to home. New York Yankee's pitcher Andy Pettitte said he's sorry for using performance enhancing drugs. Pettitte was named in the recent Mitchell report on doping in baseball and later admitted using human growth hormone, now banned in baseball. Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.
TOM GOLDMAN: Andy Pettitte's hour long news conference came less than a week after his sworn testimony was revealed at a congressional hearing involving Pettitte's long time friend and teammate Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee, the former personal trainer for Clemens and Pettitte. Pettitte wasn't at the hearing but his testimony that Clemens admitted using human growth hormone years ago seemed to corroborate McNamee's story that McNamee injected Clemens with banned drugs. Clemens denies any drug us. Pettitte's laments getting caught up in the dispute between Clemens and McNamee.
Mr. ANDY PETTITTE (Pitcher, New York Yankees): Being included in the middle of a situation between two men I've known for a long time has been a very difficult time for me over the last couple of months.
GOLDMAN: Pettitte said he regretted his own use of HGH which he said he did in 2002 and 2004 to help heal form injury.
MARTIN: NPR's Tom Goldman reporting.
Finally, new grist for conspiracy theorist. A throve of hidden object related to President John F. Kennedy, his 1963 assassination was revealed yesterday. Among them A purported transcript between Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and his killer Jack Ruby. The leather gun holster that held the gun Ruby used to shoot Oswald and some brass knuckles found on Ruby when he was arrested. The Dallas County district attorney presented the articles at a news conference. The Dallas morning news first reported the existence of the transcript on Sunday. The articles have been kept inside a courthouse safe for nearly two decades.
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