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WORLD NEWS - March 10th, 2010

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It is 0:30 universal time and here is the news in Special English.

Vice President Joe Biden is condemning Israel's decision to approve new housing settlements in disputed east Jerusalem. Israel announced its approval of the new building project Tuesday. Mr. Biden is visiting the area in an attempt to restart peace talks. He spoke Tuesday in Jerusalem after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. He said the Israeli announcement harmed the trust needed for negotiations. He called on both sides to not complicate the talks. Mr. Biden welcomed an agreement by Israel and and the Palestinians to begin indirect talks as a chance for the peace process.

Iran has urged China to resist pressure from western nations for new restrictions over the Iranian nuclear program. An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday that his government hopes China will have an independent policy toward Iran. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said China wants to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program through diplomatic means. Last week the British, United States and French ambassadors to the United Nations presented a long list of charges against Iran for failure to obey UN Security Council rules. Western nations suspected Iran is enriching uranium to make nuclear weapons. Iran says it is only trying to produce fuel for a research reactor. China has expressed opposition to new restrictions against Iran which provides much of China's energy supplies.

A leader of the Somali rebel group Hizbul Islam has been shot to death in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Witnesses say two gunmen shot Barre Ali Barre several times in the head. No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting. The rebel leader had criticised Somalia's most powerful rebel group al-Shabab. He had also recently opposed a decision by another Hizbul Islam commander Hassan Turki to join that group.

Haitian President Rene Preval says it would be a major mistake to rebuild Haiti's capital to the way it was before a huge earthquake in January. Mr. Preval said Tuesday that the goal now is not only to rebuild Port-au-Prince but also to build and invest in the provinces. He spoke during a joint news conference in Washington with Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The Haitian leader said past national policies only helped Port-au-Prince and the expense of other areas of the country. He said a huge movement of people to the capital led to careless building. The earthquake killed at least 217,000 people.

Greek Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou says President Barack Obama supports his call to take strong action against investors involved in speculating. The Greek leader blames speculators for damaging his country's economy. Mr. Papandreou spoke after meeting with President Obama Tuesday in Washington. He said the issue will be discussed at the Group of 20 meeting in June. Mr. Papandreou is seeking support for his efforts to pull Greece out of a financial crisis. The Greek crisis threatens to weaken Europe's economic recovery. Speculators are investors who buy billions of dollars in government bonds increasing the interest that must be paid on those bonds.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Turkey says its ambassador to the United States will not return to Washington until Congress makes its position clear about a resolution on genocide. A House of Representatives committee passed a measure blaming Ottoman Turks for the killings of hundreds of thousands of Armenian Turks. The killings took place during the period around World War One. The full house has not yet voted on the measure which lacks the force of law. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the issue could greatly harm Turkey's relations with the United States. President Obama had said before his election that he believes the killings were genocide. Now however, administration officials say Mr. Obama opposes the resolution.

Iraq's election commission has delayed announcing first results from the parliamentary elections Sunday. The commission says it has not counted enough votes. A spokesman for Iraq's independent high electoral commission said they would make an announcement after counting 30% of the votes. Election officials say they should reach that level on Wednesday or Thursday. Iraqi officials had planned to publish early results Tuesday for Baghdad and some provinces. The Iraqi capital has about 20% of the 325 seats in parliament.

Northern Ireland's legislature has approved a deal to move police and criminal justice powers from London to the government in Belfast. Lawmakers in the Northern Ireland Assembly voted 88 to 17 for the change. It is said to take effect on April 12. All 17 votes against the change came from the Protestant Ulster Unionist Party.

Tibetan activists are holding gatherings to mark the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. Rights groups planned demonstrate Wednesday outside the United Nations in New York and at the Chinese embassy in Washington, London and Paris. March 10th is the 51st anniversary of the rebellion that sent Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, into exile in India. It also marks the second anniversary of deadly riots in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. The Dalai Lama will speak Wednesday from Dharamsala, India. The exiled government of Tibet operates from there.

And now briefly here again is the major news of the hour.

Vice President Joe Biden is condemning Israel's decision to approve new housing settlements in east Jerusalem. Iran has urged China to resist pressure from western nations for new restrictions over the Iranian nuclear program. And a leader of the Somali rebel group Hizbul Islam has been shot to death in Mogadishu.

That's the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

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