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World News - April 18, 2009

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World News - April 18, 2009

written by Voice of America

And so you have found us here at VOA Special English at one hour thirty universal time.

In the news of this day, President Barack Obama says that the United States is seeking a new beginning with Cuba. He says his Administration is ready to work with the Cuban Government on such issues as human rights, immigration and the economy. President Obama spoke on Friday at the opening of the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Obama said that he believes that the relations between the United States and Cuba can be moved in a new direction. Some Latin American leaders are demanding that the United States and a 74-year-old ban on trade with Cuba. Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said he and his allies will vote against the final declaration of the meeting to protest the ban. Cuba was not invited to attend.

The American special representative to the Middle East says a two-state solution is the only way to settle the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Diplomat George Michelle spoke on Friday after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other officials in the West Bank. On Thursday Mr. Michelle met with Israeli officials in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel does not want to rule the Palestinians, but he expressed concerns about a separate Palestinian state possibly expanding the power of Hamas. The top Palestinian negotiators said Israel’s position could politically weaken Palestinian‘s moderate while helping extremists.

A death during protests at a group of twenty meeting in London earlier this month may meet the legal meaning for murder. A video recording of the incident showed a British police officer pushing 47-year-old Ian Tomlinson to the ground. Mr. Tomlinson later collapsed nearby and died. Britain’s Police Supervision Group said on Friday that a police officer now has been questioned on suspicion of murder. Medical investigator’s first ruled that the newspaper salesman died of a heart attack. British officials have received nearly 150 complaints about police behavior during the world economic meeting in London.

American Senator John Kerry now says that humanitarian group expelled from Darfur may not be permitted to return. Mr. Kerry spoke in Darfur on Friday. On Thursday he met with Sudanese official in Sudan’s Capital Khartoum. After that meeting, Mr. Kerry said that the government promised to permit some humanitarian aid. Mr. Kerry will not meet with President Omar al-Bashir during his three-day visit to Sudan. The Sudanese President is wanted by the international court on war crimes. Mr. Bashir ordered the aid groups to leave after the court published charges against him.

And you are listening to this news in VOA Special English.

Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka are repeating calls for a truce with government forces. Tamil officials Salvalasa Pakamaden says the group is ready to take part in the negotiations for a permanent ceasefire. He called on the international community to take steps to end a human disaster. About 100,000 civilians are trapped in a small area. They are surrounded by government troops pressing an offensive against Tamil rebels.

On Friday, India called on Sri Lanka to extend a two-day ceasefire to permit civilians to leave the conflict area. Sri Lanka has rejected calls for a permanent truce.

China is protesting the US trade policies to the World Trade Organization. China is protesting an American law that bans the import of Chinese canvas. China said the law violates international agreements. The rules of the World Trade Group give the two nations sixty days to settle the dispute. If China and the United States can not agree, the WTO dispute settlement committee to decide the issue. The two countries banned each other’s farm birds in 2004 because of fears about the spread of the disease bird flu.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has released findings on carbon dioxide and other gases that scientists blame for climate change. The report is a step toward Federal Regulation of those six guesses. The new regulations could require more fuel-efficient cars and limit carbon dioxide gases from power centers. American law calls for two months of public comment before new federal regulations take effect.

And there are new warnings on the new economic crisis from the chief of the United States Central Bank. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve said on Friday that damage from the economic crisis is likely to last for a long time. Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the crisis will leave Americans poorer for years to come. Earlier in the week Mr. Bernanke had said that there were some signs that the big decline in economic activity may be leveling off. He added that recovery depends on the ability to calm the financial markets and to get credit flowing again.

And so briefly now hare again is the major news of this hour.

President Barack Obama says that the United States seeks a new beginning with Cuba. A death in London during protests at the group of twenty meeting this month may meet the legal definition of murder. And Senator John Kerry now says Sudan may not permit expelled aid group to return to Darfur. So ends this news at this hour in Special VOA English. We thank you our listeners and we are always at your service.

 

 

 

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