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WORLD NEWS - August 28th, 2009

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WORLD NEWS - August 28th, 2009

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It is 01:30 universal time with world news in VOA special English; I’m Crisbtz Cruz reporting from VOA Headquarters in Washington.

Officials in Pakistan say at lease 29 people were killed Thursday in a suicide bomber attack and a suspected American air strike. Officials say the suicide bomber attacked the main border crossing into Afghanistan at Pakistan's Khyber Pass. 21 people were killed; most were border guards, and at least 15 others were wounded. Local officials say the attacker explored his bomb near a group of guards who have gathered to share their Ramadan meal. Earlier officials said a suspected American air strike killed 8 people in the South Waziristan area. At least 7 others were reportedly wounded. Officials say the strike targeted a militant hiding place.

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging Iran to continue talks on its disputed nuclear program. Ms. Merkel said Thursday that stronger restriction in the energy and financial industries would be considered if Iran does not agree to negotiate by September. The United States and other western countries believe Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. Iran says it is developing nuclear energy.

An important Iranian Human Rights lawyer has been released from prison. Abdolfatah Soltani says he will attend to bring charges against the judges and lawyers who detained him. He also says the charges against him are not based on the Iranian law. Mr. Soltani was detained June 16th after supportably taking part in unrest. He was late accused by a judge of questioning Iran June presidential election. The Human Rights lawyer said several months earlier he had made an official complain against the same judge in a separate human rights case. He said it was illegal for the same judge to trial his case. Mr. Soltani is the one of the thousands of the Iranians arrested for protests following the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Many remained on trial.

The American State Department has expressed concern over reports linking one of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s vice presidential candidates to the illegal drug trade. The State Department spokesman made the comment after a report was published in the New York Times newspaper. It said the United States could put restriction on the candidate Mohammad Qasim Fahim; he is a former Defense minister and military chief. The report says relations between the United States and Afghanistan could be harmed if Mr. Karzai is elected and Mr. Fahim takes office. 

Mourners are paying their final respects to Senator Edward Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts. Members of the public gathered to see Mr. Kennedy’s body at the presidential library and museum of his brother, former President John F. Kennedy.  Earlier a group of cars brought Mr. Kennedy’s body and also his family members from the family home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The family held the religious ceremony earlier Thursday at the Senator’s home. Mr. Kennedy died of the brain cancer Tuesday at the age of 77.

You are listening to the news in VOA special English

The United Nations Security Council has extended the operations of the peacekeeping forces in Sothern Lebanon for another year. The 15- member Security Council voted Thursday to continue the operation in a resolution. It included the expansion of cooperation between the UN forces and Lebanese armed forces. The UN peacekeeping force has been in Lebanon since 1978. It was expanded after the end of the war between the militant group Hezbollah and Israel in 2006. The "34 days Conflict" killed about 1,200 people in Lebanon and 160 in Israel.

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has shared a Ramadan meal with Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he wanted to share respect for Islam as one of the world greatest religions. Mr. Rasmussen is visiting Turkey during Islam’s Holy Month, the Ramadan to improve ties between NATO and Muslim nations. He has also urged greater Turkish involvement in NATO operations in Afghanistan. Turkish officials first opposed Mr. Rasmussen’s leadership of NATO. Mr. Rasmussen angered Turkish officials when he opposed Turkey’s request to become a member of European Union.

Gabon’s Interior Minister is warning against protests that take place without official permission during the presidential election Sunday. Jean-Francois Ndongou said the government will use the law with firmness as needed. He also urged people to return home after they voted. Several opposition candidates have called for their supporters to watch voting stations. Some have expected concern about reported problems with voter lists. There are a total of 23 presidential candidates.

And the head of the United States Central Bank Ben Bernanke has joined millions of the Americans in having his identity-stolen. Someone stole the bag belonging to Mr. Bernanke’s wife at a restaurant near their Washington home. The criminal was particular group that used computers and other equipment to quickly made false forms of identification. They used the false documents to steal money from the victim’s bank. The Bernanke has quickly informed police and their banks of claim and prevented the loss of any money. The criminal group has targeted hundreds of other people. One member has admitted stealing identities. Police were looking for people who have worked with him.

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

Officials in Pakistan say 29 people were killed in the attacks in the northwest Pass of the country.  

The UN Security Council has extended the operations of peacekeeping forces in Sothern Lebanon for another year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging Iran to continue talks on its disputed nuclear program.

And mourners are paying their final respects to Senator Edward Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts.

And that’s the news in VOA special English; I’m Crisbtz Cruz in Washington. 

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