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WORLD NEWS - August 14th, 2009

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WORLD NEWS - August 14th, 2009

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From:http://www.unsv.com/voanews/specialenglish/scripts/2009/08/15/0030/

And now the news in VOA special English, I’m Crisbertz Cruz reporting from the VOA News Center in Washington.

The Former Afghan President Berhanuddin Rabbani has survived an attack on his vehicle in Kunduz province. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Three Taliban fighters were killed in the fighting. The Afghan Police say no one traveling with the former President was hurt. Mr. Rabbani is a supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah. Afghan Police and the Rebels fought each other for a second day in another area of Kunduz. Officials say 8 Rebels and 2 Policemen were killed. Also Thursday an American soldier was killed by gun fire in the South and a bomb killed 3 British soldiers and 2 Policemen.

In Pakistan officials say military strikes on Taliban bases in Northwest Tribal areas have killed at least 22 Rebels. The strikes took place in the Kurram and Orakzai Tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan. Officials say Taliban Commander Hakimullah Mehsud leads the bases. Pakistani officials say he is possible replacement for Pakistani Taliban Chief Baitullah Mehsud. Pakistan says Mr. Baitullah Mehsud was killed last week in a suspected American missile strike. American officials say there are now a signs of disorder among forces loyal to Baitullah Mehsud. But the Taliban Commanders say he is still alive.

Police in Iraq say two suicide bombs have killed at least 21 people in the Northern Province of Mosul. 32 others were wounded. Officials say the two explosions happened in the crowded coffee shop in the city of Sinjar. They say most of the victims are the Yazidi group, the Kurdish speaking minority in the area. The attack comes two years after 4 suicide bombs explored in the same area killing more than 400 Yazidis.

The Israeli military says there is no evidence that any Arabic soldiers were kidnapped. Earlier the Army said that the female soldier reported seeing another solider being forced into a car. Officials did not say where the suspected kidnapping happened. The Palestinian news agency, Ma'an said it received a statement from the Palestinian militant group called Al-Quds Army. They claimed to a kidnapped the soldi er near Ben-Gurion Airport.

Scottish officials say that they are considering an early release for a Libyan found guilty in the explosion of the passenger plane 21 years ago. The Scottish Justice Secretary says he has not yet decided on the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the former Libyan Security Agent is sick with cancer. He has always claimed that he was not guilty of the attack that killed 270 people over the Lockerbie, Scotland. The court sentenced him to life in prison. It is possible released it caused intense debate around the world. Libya has asked that he will be able to serve the rest of sentence there.

You are listening to news in VOA special English

American officials are considering a prison in Michigan as possible place for Guantánamo Base detainees. Officials from the Defense Justice and Homeland Security Department joined the Michigan officials Thursday in visiting the prison north of Detroit. The Obama Administration said no final decisions have been made. Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra opposed moving the prisoners to his state. He has said that men at the American military prison in Cuba are some of the most dangerous people in the world. Officials also look at the military prison, Fort Leavenworth in the State of Kansas. There are all about 230 prisoners at Guantánamo .

The former Cuban President Fidel Castro cerebrated his 83 birthday by publishing a stop of the world economic crisis, immigration and climate change. Mr. Castro disputed statement from the United States and the Europe that “the world of recession may be easing”. He also said a recent meeting at North American leaders failed to solve questions on Mexican immigration to the United States. He also criticized a Canada’s new Visa requirement for Mexicans. A special show a picture of Mr. Castro opened in Havana on Wednesday. The picture taken by his son showed Mr. Castro wearing a baseball hat and appearing healthier. He has not been seen in public since having a medical operation more than 3 years ago.

Venezuelan police has used tear gas to stop separate groups of protesters. Some protesters gathered to support the disputed Education Bill. Other Protesters opposed it. The proposal law will give the government greater control over Venezuela’s education system. Critics say with the results that too much government influence over student opinion. Supporters say the Education Bill requires teaching to be opened to all for thinking. The National Assembly expected to approve the Bill.

The new United States diplomat for North Korean issues said he is going to Asia next week. Philip Goldberg says the visit will include talks on using United Nations’ restrictions against North Korea. The diplomat announces this trip at the new conference in Washington Thursday. He will visit Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Japan. Mr. Goldberg believes the new international press aimed the forcing North Korea back into nuclear negotiations is having in an effect. But he warns the process will take time. The new restrictions include the call for U.N. member countries to observe North Korea's sea and air shipments suspected of being related to nuclear weapons.

And musician legendary inventor, Les Paul has died the age 94. He changed music in the 1940s when he invented the solid-body electric guitar. Mr. Paul’s guitar became famous for its very loud sound. In 1952 Gibson Guitar Company began manufacturing the Les Paul guitar. It continues to be one of the popular guitars around the world. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says “the rock and roll as we know it would not exist without his music invention.”

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

Former Afghan President Berhanuddin Rabbani has survived an attack by the Taliban.

In Pakistan officials say military strikes on Taliban bases in Northwestern Tribal areas have killed at least 22 Rebels.

And former Cuban President Fidel Castro cerebrated his 83 birthday Thursday.

And that’s the news in VOA special English. I’m Crisbertz Cruz reporting from Washington.

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