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WORLD NEWS - August 23rd, 2009

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WORLD NEWS - August 23rd, 2009

Written by Voice of America. 请指正!

And so you have found once again here at VOA special English now at 00:30 universal time. In the news of this day

A Taliban Commander says that the Pakistani Taliban has appointed a new leader to replace Baitullah Mehsud. A 42-member committee chose Kaimullah Mehsud for the position. The 28 year-old have served as a Taliban’s military chief in three tribal areas. A militant commander told reporters on Saturday that Kaimullah Mehsud was appointed because Baitullah Mehsud is too sick to carry out his duties. American and Pakistani officials say that they believe Baitullah Mehsud was killed in an American missile attack early in August.

International election observers in Afghanistan say the violence and the aggression prevented the presidential vote on Thursday from being completely free. The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan tells VOA that the Taliban cut off the fingers of two voters in Kandahar province. The group says its observers saw election officials pressuring some voters. Other voters were seeing carrying their own ballot cards to voting stations. Election observers from the European Union called the election process “generally fail” but they said the election could not be considered completely free because of the threat of violence.

A conservative Iranian lawmaker says that some religious leaders want Iran’s President to reconsider his nomination of three women for his new Cabinet. Lawmaker Mohammad Taqi Rahbar leads the religious workers within Iran’s Parliament. But he said it is an invented idea to choose women as ministers. He said there are "religious problems" about women when it comes to supervising others. He said that the government should consider these problems. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad named Fatemah Ajorlu as minister of welfare and social security, he named Marziyeh Vahid-Dastjerdi as minister of health and Susan Keshavarz as minister of education. The Parliament still must approve the nominees.

Reports say that the American Defense Department is increasing efforts to tell the Red Cross about the identities of Terrorism suspects. The suspects are being held at special military detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The New York Times and the Associated Press reported on Saturday that the changing of American policy took place earlier this August with no public announcement. The reports say that the military has decided to quickly provide the International Committee of the Red Cross with the names of suspects at the two prisons. A Defense Department spokesman said that the reports do not give new information. He said the United States military makes every effort to register detainees with the Red Cross.

And you are listening to this news in VOA special English

Police in Venezuela have used tear gas to break up crowds of demonstrators protesting a new education law. The law strengthens the control now President Hugo Chavez over schools and universities. Thousands of protesters marched through the capital, Caracas on Saturday.  Some carried signs describing the legislation as "Cuban law." Supporters of the law demonstrated in another part of the city. Critics of the law say it could lead to teaching students politically influence material. Supporters say the law requires teaching to be open to all ways of thinking.

In Nigeria several Rebel leaders in Niger Delta have accepted the government pardon. Ebikabowei Victor Ben of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta also known as MEND was one of about 25 Rebel leaders who took part in the ceremony to mark their agreement. The ceremony to surrender weapons took place on Saturday in Bayelsa state. But in a statement MEND says it will restart attacks after a cease-fire ends September 15th. MEND criticized the weapon ceremony. Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar'Adua offered the amnesty after a rebel campaign against the oil industry caused a large drop in fuel production. The 60-day amnesty plan continues through October 4th.

The head of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation has denounced Scotland’s decision to release the plane bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. FBI director Robert Mueller wrote a letter to Scottish Justice Minister. In the letter Mr. Muller said that the release is good news for Terrorists around the world. Mr. Muller also said the release shows a lack of understanding of the mourning families who lost love ones in the bombing. The Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill announced al-Megrahi release on Thursday saying that he is near death from cancer.

And Indian and Nepal have agreed to a new trade of the agreement. The deal will permit goods made in Nepal to be sold tax-free in Indian markets. Officials say that the treaty was signed on Saturday during a visit to New Delhi by Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. The two countries also agreed to improve security along their shared border to prevent Militant's attack.

And briefly now is the major news of the hour

A Taliban Commander says that the Pakistani Taliban has appointed a new leader to replace Baitullah Mehsud.

Election observers in Afghanistan say violence prevented the presidential vote from being completely free.  

And reports say that the American Defense Department is increasing efforts to tell the Red Cross about the identities of Terrorism suspects.     

So end this news at this hour in VOA special English.

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