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WORLD NEWS – October 20th, 2009

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WORLD NEWS – October 20th, 2009

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Investigators supported by the United Nations have ordered Afghanistan’s officials to cancel election results at 210 voting stations. The Electoral Complains Commission said it found clear evidence of cheating at those voting stations. It said examples included missing materials and a result’s form that was changed to add 300 votes. The Democracy International Election Observer group says its study shows that President Hamid Karzai has dropped below 50% that is presented Mr. Karzai needed to avoid a second election with its closest competitor Abdullah Abdullah. The President’s office says the report contains nothing new but a presidential spokesman said Mr. Karzai will accept the commission’s report if it is confirmed by Afghan election officials.

American Secretary State Hillary Clinton says Afghan President Karzai will announce Tuesday how he plans to resolve his country’s disputed presidential election. Ms. Clinton said she is hopeful that a clear and lawful solution will be found in the coming days. She did not say if Mr. Karzai will accept a second election. American official said Sunday President Obama will not decide whether to send more troops to Afghanistan until the election is settled.

The Pakistani military says its troops continue to attack Taliban targets in South Waziristan. Army General Athar Abbas reported that military forces seek control a mountaintop near the town of Kotkai. He said 9 soldiers and 78 militants have been killed in three days of fighting. Pakistani army commanders say 30,000 troops are fighting 10,000 militants including foreigners. Official say more than 100,000 civilians have fled the area before the offensive.

Pakistan's Prime Minister has asked visiting American officials to speed the movement of money to pay for the costs of its war against Taliban Militants. Yusuf Raza Gilani made the appeal in meetings with Senator John Kerry and General David Petraeus in the Pakistani capital. He also called for the United States to supply important equipments to Pakistan military as it continues an offensive against militants in South Waziristan. Mr. Gilani told the American officials that he expected a large increase in the number of people fleeing the fighting. He said he hopes for more American aid to help the refugees.

Sudanese officials have expressed careful approval for a new American policy that includes help for the Sudanese government if it works toward peace. Sudanese presidential advisor Ghazi Salaheddin said the policy is better than earlier ones. But he criticized the United States use of the term “genocide” to describe the situation in Darfur. The new policy seeks to end conflicts and human rights in Darfur. It is also an attempt to help carry out a peace agreement ending the North-South civil war. And it seeks to make sure that Sudan does not provide a safe place for international terrorists.

You are listening to the news in VOA special English

The Chief of International Atomic Energy Agency says talks about Iran’s nuclear program are offered to a good start. Mohamed ElBaradei spoke after the first day of talks in Vienna, Austria. Representatives from the IAEA, Iran, Russia, France and the United States are attending the meetings. They are discussing a proposal to ship uranium from Iran to Russia and France where it will be made into fuel for nuclear reactors. Earlier an Iranian spokesman said his country will continue to enrich some of its own uranium even if it receives higher quality uranium from Russia and France.

The chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards says Iran will take action against those responsible for a suicide bombing that killed 6 guards. 36 other people were also killed. General Mohammad Ali Jafari is blaming a Sunni Militant group for the bombing. He said the group Jundallah has directed ties to the United States, Britain and Pakistan. The bomb exploded in southeastern Iran Sunday during a meeting of Revolutionary Guards and Shiite and Sunni tribal leaders. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged the President of Pakistan to help find those responsible. President Ahmadinejad said terrorists are hiding in Pakistan and should be arrested.

American Defense Secretary Robert Gates has begun a week-long trip to Asia. Earlier in the states of Hawaii he led the ceremony passing control of the United States Pacific Commander from Admiral Timothy J. Keating to Admiral Robert F. Willard. In Tokyo he will meet with Japan’s new leaders. He is expected to discuss Japan’s decision to withdraw two ships that served as refueling stores for vessels supplying international efforts in Afghanistan. Defense Department official say they hope the Japanese leaders change their minds and continue with the refueling.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain is urging world leaders to attend climate meeting in Denmark later this year. Mr. Brown spoke in London to delegate from the world 17 largest carbon gas producing countries. He said failure by their leaders to join him in Copenhagen on Dec 7th will threaten the world environment so far few world leaders have said they will attend the event supported by the United Nations. The Copenhagen Meeting aims to develop a new world agreement to replace the climate change treaty now in effect. The Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012.

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

Investigators supported by the United Nations have order Afghan’s officials to cancel election results at 210 voting stations.

The Pakistani military says its troops continue to attack Taliban targets in South Waziristan.

And officials in Sudan have expressed careful approval for a new American policy that includes help for the Sudanese government if it works toward peace.

That’s the news in VOA special English

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