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WORLD NEWS – June 23rd, 2009

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WORLD NEWS – June 23rd, 2009

Written by the Voice of America

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It is zero hour thirty universal time and here is the news in Special English.

Witnesses in Tehran say Iranian police broke up hundreds of protesters as they began to gather on Monday. The opposition demonstrators had met in Central Tehran in the face of a heavy police presence. Some reports say police use tear gas against them. The country’s special security force, the Revolutionary Guard, said it would use force to stop protests. Earlier, Iranian media reported ten people killed and at least one hundred injured in the fierce clashes Saturday between security forces and demonstrators in Tehran. The reports also said at least four hundred fifty-seven people were arrested.

American officials have defended the Obama Administration reaction to the Iranian election crisis. The Administration spokesman says many in Iran would love for the United State to become the center of the story, but the President knows that is not helpful. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg says he does not agree with critics who say Mr. Obama has reacted too carefully to the Iranian violence. He says some influential voices in Congress from both parties have recognized that the issue is about the Iranians and it’s for the Iranians to decide. Some Republican Party lawmakers have criticized President Obama for not taking a stronger public position on the situation in Iran.

The leader of the International Media Rights Group-Reporters Without Borders says he is concerned that Iran may expel all foreign reporters. Jean-François Julliard says soon no one would be there to tell what is happening in Iran. Mr. Julliard said thirty-four Iranian news reporters have been jailed on Monday. Sunday, Iran expelled the British Broadcasting Cooperation’s permanent reporter in Iran. And News Week Magazines says one of its reporters was detained in Iran Sunday morning. He says he has not been heard from since that time.

Iraqi officials say at least twenty-six people have been killed in Baghdad. More than fifty others were wounded. Officials say seven people were killed in a suicide bombing near local government offices in Abu Ghraib. Three students were also killed in a bomb explosion as they were on their way to school in the southern city area. Bomb attacks were also reported in Karrada and Shaab areas in Baghdad. Security officials also report several attacks in the northern city Mosul. American troops are expected to leave Iraqi cities by the end of this month.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the Islamic head-to-foot cloth covering called the “Burqas” is not welcomed in France because it turns women into prisoners. Mr. Sarkozy made the statement in a historical speech to both Houses of French Parliament and Chateau of Versailles near Paris. He said the “Burqas” is not a religious symbol but a sign that violates French values. France is homes to Europe’s largest population of Muslims, only a small number of Muslim women in France wear the “Burqas”. The head of Paris’s largest religious center says he hopes the ban will not lead to bad feelings in Muslims. Mr. Sarkozy’s speech was the first to both houses of parliament by a French president in one hundred thirty-six years.

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