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WORLD NEWS – October 9th, 2009

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WORLD NEWS – October 9th, 2009

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It is 01:30 universal time and here is the news in special English

The United Nations Security Council has voted to extend an order permitting NATO led troops to remain in Afghanistan. The resolution permits the International Security Assistance Forces to stay until October 13th of 2010. It also calls all member states to help strengthen Afghan security forces by assisting with workers, equipments and other resources. Separately the Council strongly condemned the suicide attack near the India’s embassy in Afghan capital, Kabul. The attack killed at least 17 people and wounded 80 others. A Taliban Militant spokesman claims responsibility for the attack.

A diplomatic delegation has left Honduras without reaching an agreement on the political crisis over the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya. The delegation from the Organization of American States left Thursday. Delegates spoke with representatives of temporary government and with Mr. Zelaya. Some diplomats also met with temporary President Roberto Micheletti. He criticized them for failing to understand why Mr. Zelaya was removed from power by force on June 28th. He also criticized the suspension of aid to Honduras.

President Obama’s special representative to the Middle East is urging Israelis and Palestinians to restart peace talks. Former Senator George Mitchell met with Israel’s President and Foreign and Defense Minister Thursday. Mr. Mitchell told the Israeli officials that United States will continue efforts to restart the negotiations. Earlier Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate temporary agreements and settle difficult issues later. He spoke to Israeli Radio. In the United States State Department spokesman Ian Kerry said it is important to get both sides to meet a restarted negotiation.

An Iranian Revolutionary Court has given a death sentence to an opposition activist linked to protests after the presidential election earlier this year. The court has ordered Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani to be hanged for his part in arrest. Iranian opposition websites and an Iranian Parliament’s statement reported the court’s decision. Earlier Iran's Mehr news agency described Zamani as an activist member of a Terrorist group that fought against the Islamic government.

Turkey and Armenia will sign a historic agreement in Zurich, Switzerland Saturday. The agreement aims to establish diplomatic ties and open the country’s shared border. Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in support of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan was fighting Armenian supported separatists in its territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The dispute could harm Turkey’s efforts to improve relations with Armenia. The American State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will support both countries by attending the ceremony on Saturday.

The United States House Representatives has passed a defense bill that calls for continue development of costly jet-engine for fighter airplane. The total cost of defense bill is $ 680 billion. The Obama administration opposed money for the engine. Lawmakers approved the bill Thursday including $ 560 million to continue work on the engine. Officials say the engine is waste of money. But supporters say it will provide competition and cut costs in the future. It is not clear if the President will veto the bill. Also the bill requires Terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Base, Cuba to be held for 45 days after the administration confirms they are not a security threat. Only after that time will the suspects be released.

You are listening to the news in VOA special English

Taiwan’s High Court has confirmed its order to keep former President Chen Shuibian in prison. The High Court made the decision after Taiwan’s Supreme Court ordered it to reconsider an earlier decision to keep Chen in prison. On Thursday the Supreme Court said the High Court had failed to provide evidence the Chen is hiding money in foreign countries. The High Court says Chen could flee the Island if he is released. The former President has been sentenced to life in prison on corruption charges. He is preparing an appeal.

The top Democrat in the United States Senate says the Senate Finance Committee will vote next Tuesday on a health care reform bill. Senate majority leader Harry Reid made the announcement. He said Congress is now closure and ever to passing health care reform. On Wednesday the Congressional Budget Office said the Senate Bill will cost $ 829 billion over the next ten years.

The United States space agency is planning to crash a rocket into the moon on Friday. The agency will use the event to look for water in lunar soil throughout by the explosion. NASA plans to help the rocket strike the moon extreme southern area. The rocket will crash and be observed by a space craft. It will use special instruments to look for signs of water in soil meters below the lunar surface. Space agency officials say finding more water on the moon could help lunar exploration. NASA announced the discovery of water in the moon last month.

In the United States a judge has approved the sale of the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers owned by Sun-Times Media Group. The judge approved the sale of newspapers to a group of local investors led by Chicago Banker James Tyree. The deal is expected to be completed in late October. The Sun-Times Media Group sold legal protection from its creditors in March.

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

The United Nations Security Council has voted to extend an order permitting NATO led troops to remain in Afghanistan.

A diplomatic delegation has left Honduras without reaching an agreement on the political crisis there.

And President Obama’s special representative to the Middle East is urging Israelis and Palestinians to restart peace talks.

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

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