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BBC News, I'm Marian Marshall.

As international efforts continue to try to resolve the political crisis in Kenya, the scale of the humanitarian emergency triggered by the violent aftermath of last week's disputed election is becoming clearer. United Nations officials say they are struggling to get food to more than a hundred thousand people forced to flee from their homes in the west of the country. The UN humanitarian coordinator for Kenya Elisabeth Lwanga says the UN is doing all it can to help the people most affected.

"Clearly since last weekend, there has been a lot of internal displacement people running for their lives. There have been some lives lost, the numbers are not quite clear yet. But we are looking at more than a hundred thousand people internally displaced. "

President Bush's envoy Jendayi Frazer has arrived in Nairobi to help find an end to the political impasse. She is expected to hold talks with President Mwai Kibaki and his defeated opposition challenger Raila Odinga.

President Bush has said that while there is concern about a slowdown in the United States economy, the financial markets remain strong and solid. He was speaking after meeting his top economic advisers to discuss drafting a package to stimulate the national economy as it weathers a credit crunch, a housing slump and rising oil prices. President Bush acknowledged there were some problems with unemployment and with high prices for basic commodities.

We've had 52 straight months of job creation, but job growth slowed last month, the core inflation is low, but US consumers are paying more for gasoline and for food, that consumer spending is strong, yet the values on many of the homes in America are beginning to decline.

The campaign for nomination of Democrat and Republican candidates for the U. S. presidency has moved to the state of New Hampshire where voting takes place next Tuesday. Buoyed by that wins in Iowa, the Democrat Barack Obama and the Republican Mike Huckabee have been out campaigning across the State. Political observers say though that opinion polls in New Hampshire at the moment now really favor Mr. Huckabee's closest rival in the Iowa contest Mitt Romney. On the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton who came third in Iowa is the narrow favorite for the nomination in New Hampshire.

The Colombian authorities say DNA testing on a three-year-old boy living in a foster home in Bogota showed he is almost certainly Emmanuel Rojas, one of the three hostages the FARC rebels have said they would release last month. A deal for Emmanuel's release brokered by the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez fell through. The Columbian Deputy Defense Minister Sergio Jaramillo said the rebels' behavior was improper.

"We are all obviously very surprised by the FARC's behavior. After all President Chavez had tried to help, even named his operation 'Operation Emmanuel', but we now know that the whole time it was clear that the FARC would never have delivered the boy because they never had him. "

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The American computer chip maker Intel has withdrawn from a project aimed at giving millions of cheap laptop computers to children in developing countries. Intel said it pulled out because the board of the "One Laptop per Child" project wanted it to stop promoting rival machines. Correspondents say Intel's decision is a major blow to the so-called "hundred dollar laptop campaign" which has already struggled to keep the price below 200 dollars.

The Mauritanian government has described as unjustified a decision by the organizers of the Dakar Rally to cancel this year's event because of security concerns. The Rally had been due to start in Lisbon on Saturday. However, after four French tourists were killed in an attack last month linked to Al-Qaeda, The rally organizers decided the event shouldn't go ahead. But a senior Mauritanian diplomat Abderrahmane Habib said his government had decided to mobilize a three thousand strong force to protect the route.

We are not aware of any particular security threats in Mauritania. Once again, Mauritania has always been a safe country, a country where security is guaranteed. And this is a decision in any case that really took us by surprise.

Mikheil Saakashvili who is running for re-election as president of Georgia on Saturday has defended his role as the country's leader. He said Georgia was still a democratic pioneer among ex-Soviet republics, despite the authorities' suppression of big anti-government protests in November. Mr. Saakashvili said action to suppress the protests was unpleasant but necessary.

A court in Los Angles has awarded the sole custody of the children of the American pop star Britney Spears to their father Kevin Federline. Spears' visitation rights have also been suspended. On Friday the troubled singer was taken to hospital for a clinical evaluation following a dispute at her home. She had refused to hand over the children to (her father) their father.

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