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WORLD NEWS - September 17th, 2009

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WORLD NEWS - September 17th, 2009

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It is 00:30 universal time and here is the news in Special English

A partial vote count in Afghanistan shows the President Hamid Karzai won the country’s presidential election. But his victory will not be confirmed until accusations of illegal voting are investigated. The results were announced Wednesday by Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission. They showed Mr. Karzai won more than the 5o% needed to avoid a second vote. His main opponent Abdullah Abdullah received about 28% of the ballots. An election official said 38% of registered voters completed ballots in the election. The threat of Taliban attacks kept many Afghans away from voting stations. The election results are not final until a United Nations supported group confirms the results.

President Obama says there will be not quick decision on whether or not to send more American troops to Afghanistan. Mr. Obama says Wednesday his aim is to develop the right plan for Afghanistan. He said the war in Afghanistan has so far let a clear plan. On Tuesday the top of American military officer Admiral Michael Mullen said the United States will probably need more troops to defeat Taliban rebels in Afghanistan. Also Wednesday the Obama Administration gave American lawmakers a set of proposal of targets to measure progress in Afghanistan.

President Obama’s special representative to the Middle-East has arrived in Lebanon. Former Senator George Mitchell and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman are expected to discuss the Middle East peace process. Mr. Mitchell arrived in Beirut late Wednesday after two days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials. The talks failed to end differences over halting Israeli Settlement Building. The State Department spokesperson says Mr. Mitchell made progress in efforts to restart official peace talks. But the spokesman says additional meetings are needed.   

Vice-President Joe Biden says he believes that rebels who continue to bring violence to Iraq by attacking civilians will eventually fail. Mr. Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki spoke Wednesday to reporters in Bagdad. Mr. Biden expressed American support for a security agreement which calls for “withdrawal of United States troops” by the end of 2011. The Vice-President said the recent increased violence will not change that time limited. Mr. al-Maliki said the two also discussed increasing Iraq’s economy and the fight against Terrorism.

Human Rights Watch says Burma’s military government has doubled the number of political prisoners in the past two years. The rights group said Wednesday the Burma is holding more than 2,000 political prisoners. 100 people were jailed in recent months. Burma has dismissed criticism of its human rights record. The country said it is putting into action a "roadmap to democracy." The plan includes holding national elections next year for the first time in 20 years. Human Rights Watch says the political prisoners must be released immediately if the elections are to have any “real meaning.”

You are listening to the news in VOA special English

The Islamic militant’s group Al-Shabab is urging more foreign fighters to come to Somalia enjoined its fight against Somalia government. A top of Al Shabab commander says Muslim fighters should take part in what he called “a Holy War.” The announcement was reaction to the death of Terrorist suspect Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in an American military raid Monday. He is believed to be linked to the bombing in 2002 of an Israeli owned Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya.

The Chairman of United States Senate Finance Committee has announced a plan to reform the country’s health care system. Senator Max Baucus released the “ten-year, $856 billion” plan on Wednesday. The major was required the individual to have insurance to pay for health care. But the bill dropped a proposal for a government operated health program. It also called for expending the nation health care program for poor Americans. The bill has little Republican Party supported. It also is opposed by some members of President Obama’s Democratic Party.

Cuba is criticizing President Obama for not changing American policy for the Island nation. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told reporters Wednesday that the measures of President Obama had taken to improve ties have not been enough. He said the American President has taken a less aggressive position toward Cuba. But Mr. Rodriguez said the changes must include lifting trade restrictions. Earlier this week Mr. Obama renewed trade restrictions against Cuba that have been in place for 47 years. The Obama Administration has said trade restrictions against Cuba will remain in place to push for democratic change there.

Finally this news the world's largest social website has grown so popular. It now has more users than most countries have citizens. The American based company Facebook says Wednesday it has added about 100,000 new users each day over the last two months. It now has 300 million members. 70% of the users lived outside the United States. The United States Census Bureau said there are about 307 million people living in the United States. Facebook’s popularity has increased greatly since it was first developed by college students more than five years ago.

And now briefly here again is major news of the hour read in special English

Election officials in Afghanistan say a partial vote count shows that President Hamid Karzai won the country’s presidential election.

President Obama’s special representative to the Middle-East George Mitchell is in Lebanon for talks.

And Human Rights Watch says Burma’s military government has doubled the number of political prisoners in the past two years.

That’s the news in VOA special English from Washington.

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