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Last updated: 26 October, 2008 - Published 00:24 GMT
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Sunday Dawn
Two main US Presidential candidates Obama and Mc Caine
Two main US Presidential candidates Obama and Mc Caine

Obama, McCain focus on the West

The two main candidates in the US presidential election are back on the campaign trail, focusing on vital states in the west of the country.

As the race enters its final ten days, opinion polls suggest the Democratic contender, Barack Obama, is maintaining his lead over the Republican, John McCain.

Mr McCain is spending the day in New Mexico, where Mr Obama will also be addressing rallies. The focus of the campaign has lately been on taxes, with the candidates clashing over whose proposals benefit ordinary Americans the most.

Sunday deadline for Israel govt negotiations

Ms Livni had given parties a deadline of Sunday to form a coalition

Israelis are expected to learn on Sunday whether the foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, will form a new government or call for a snap election.

Israel radio says that Ms Livni has abandoned her attempts to put together a new coalition but the report has not been confirmed.

She'd given potential partners a deadline of Sunday to decide whether to join her Kadima party in government but suffered a blow on Friday when Israel's largest ultra-religious party, Shas, turned her down.

The BBC correspondent in Jerusalem says that if there is a general election, Ms Livni faces a tough challenge from Binyamin Netanyahu, the leader of the main right-wing opposition party, Likud.

Also in the news:

- Faltering jaggery business in central Burma.

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Burma Debate(Repeat)

by U Maung Maung Than

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