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WORLD NEWS – July 30th, 2009

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WORLD NEWS – July 30th, 2009

Written by the Voice of America

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

American Secretary of State has praised Britain’s sacrifice in fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan. She made the comment Wednesday after talks in Washington with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. During a new conference, she expressed sadness over the loss of troops, but also said coalition forces have made good progress. Mr. Miliband said Britain will stay in Afghanistan although there is decreasing support for the war among the British public. Britain has lined thousands of ground troops in Afghanistan, only the United States has more troops in the country. David Miliband also called for other NATO allies to do more to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.

American Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it is possible that the United States may speed up the withdrawal of American forces in Iraq. Mr. Gates spoke Wednesday after a two-day visit to Iraq. He said security conditions are improving in the country. Two American military groups, a total of ten thousand troops are expected to leave Iraq by the end of this year, but Mr. Gates said an additional 5,000 might leave if the situation continues to improve.

Fighting continued in northern Nigeria as government forces battled members of Muslim rebel group. Police reports say the latest clashes have been centered in the area capital of Maiduguri. Officials say at least 180 have been killed in the fighting, and they say at least 3,000 people have been temporarily displaced. On Tuesday, government forces in the city showed the home of leader of the Boko Haram group. That group is thought to be responsible for series of deadly attacks across the area. These include attacks on police and government offices. The violence started Sunday when the group attacked a police station in Bauchi state following the arrest of some of their leaders.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is willing to go to North Korea if it will help restart talks on the country’s nuclear program. Mr. Ban spoke to reporters Wednesday in New York city. He said he still supports six-nation talks on Indian - North Korea’s nuclear program, but he said it that does not work, there should be another form of discussion. Mr. Ban is a former South Korean Foreign Minister. He said he welcomes and supports North Korea’s recent offer to hold talks with the United States. The United States says talks including other nations are the best way to communicate with North Korea. North Korea has said that talks with the United States, South Korea, China, Japan, and Russia are dead.

The United States coast guard has ended its search for nearly 70 Haitians who probably drowned earlier this week near the Turks and Caicos islands. The Haitians are on a crowded boat that turned over. It was carrying as many as 200 people. The coast guard helped plan a 52-hour search using ships and aircraft. Near 120 were rescued. At least 15 others were killed.

You’re listening to the news in VOA Special English coming to you from Washington.

President Obama visited the states of North Carolina and Virginia on Wednesday to talk about health care reform. He says his plan will provide more security to Americans with medical insurance and limit the power of insurance companies. Mr. Obama said that his plan includes a series of protections that will hold insurance companies responsible for unfair actions. He also said insurers will not be permitted to deny people coverage because of their medical history. Earlier Democratic Party lawmakers in the House of Representatives reached a compromise on how to pay for the health care reforms.

The American representative to the United Nations says international restrictions could be replaced on Eritrea because of its actions in Somalia. Susan rice spoke to a committee of American lawmakers Wednesday. She said Eritrea’s actions are harming security in east Africa. Susan rice said Eritrea has been given weapons to extremist groups in Somalia including the Islamic militant group al-Shabab. She said these efforts are weakening the temporary government in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Ms Rice says Eritrea’s actions have direct affect on American security and they are unacceptable.

(Sensitive issues to be omitted in two paragraphs).

Briefly here again is the major news of the hour.

American Secretary of State has praised Britain’s sacrifice in fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan. American Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it is possible that the United States may speed up the withdrawal of its forces in Iraq. And the United States coast guard has ended its search for nearly 70 Haitians who probably drowned earlier this week.

And that’s the news in VOA Special English coming your way from Washington.

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is willing to go to North Korea if it will help restart talks on the country’s nuclear program. Mr. Ban spoke to reporters Wednesday in New York city. He said he still supports six-nation talks on Indian - (ending) North Korea’s nuclear (weapons) program, but he said it (if) that does not work, there should be another form of discussion. Mr. Ban is a former South Korean Foreign Minister. He said he welcomes and supports North Korea’s recent offer to hold talks with the United States. The United States says talks including other nations are the best way to communicate with North Korea. North Korea has said that talks with the United States, South Korea, China, Japan, and Russia are dead.
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