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WORLD NEWS - January 17th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS - January 17th, 2010

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And so you have found us here once again at VOA special English now at 00:30 universal time; in the news of this day

Aid workers struggled on Saturday to provide supplies to survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. Officials say there are problems in getting aid to the places for where needed. The American military is operating Haiti’s damaged main airport in Port-au-Prince where many of the supplies are arriving. Some airplanes sent by foreign donors and governments were forced to turn back because the airport is overcrowded.

Four days after the earthquake people are living on the streets with little either food or clean water. There are reports of some fighting for supplies across the city. Haitian officials said on 40,000 of the dead have been buried in groups. They said that the number of the dead could reach as high as 200,000.

President Obama met with former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in Washington to talk about their work to help the people of the Haiti. Mr. Obama asks the two former Presidents to help collect money to pay for assistant’s efforts. The former Presidents joined to create what it called “the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund”.

Lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked President Hamid Karzai’s second attended that creating a new Cabinet. The Parliament rejected 10 0f Mr. Karzai’s 17 nominees. The Parliament charged that the nominees were corrupt or poorly prepared. Mr. Karzai said he regrets the Parliament’s decision. Among the people the lawmakers approved was Shukria Barekzai, she is among three women nominated. Ms. Barekzai said that she hopes the President will include more women on his third list of nominees.

The Defense Ministry in Yemen says it has captured 3 Al-Qaeda militants near the border with Saudi Arabia. The Ministry said that the men were carrying explosives and other weapons. The arrests were one day after Yemeni security official said an airstrike kills 6 local members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The dead reportedly included the group’s military chief. On Saturday Zaidi rebels claimed they shot down a Saudi military helicopter in Yemen. The rebels also are known as Houthis. They say they attacked the helicopter on Friday as it was getting near the border area of Jabal Dukhan.

Diplomats from 6 nations meeting in New York on Saturday started to consider possible new restrictions against Iran and its nuclear program. European Union official Robert Cooper said after the meeting that the 6 nations will continue to seek a negotiated settlement. He said that the 6 nations have begun considering other measures. The talk brought together the diplomats from Britain, Russia, China, France, Germany and the United States. The goal is to get Iran to accept an agreement to send most of its low-enriched uranium overseas for processing. Iran did not honor an unofficial time-limit of December 31st to accept the deal. The United States and some other nations are concerned that Iran will use enriched uranium to develop nuclear weapons.

This is the news in VOA special English

The United States has expressed a deep concern about an incident involving arrest of activists in Egypt. Those seized were travelling to Naj Hammadi to show support for the victims of a gun attack at the Coptic Christians religious center last week. A spokesman for the American State Department urged the Egyptian government to honor the rights of free expression. The spokesman also urged that Egypt observed the legal rights of those who were detained. On January 6th gunmen fired into a religious service; 6 Coptic Christians and a Muslim policeman were killed in Naj Hammadi.

Iraq’s former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is announced for he called “along religious alliance of candidates” for Parliamentary elections in March. Mr. Allawi is Shiite. He and Sunni Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi announced the new coalition in Bagdad on Saturday. Mr. Allawi said that the new "Al-Iraqiya Alliance" will seek up a balance government. Iraq’s Election Commission has banned some of the candidates because of findings of a committee in the Parliament. The Committee said that the candidates were linked to the Baath Party of executed former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

And Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is travelling to Burkina Faso. He reportedly is to help complete an agreement for the unity government in Guinea. An assistant to Mr. Sirleaf does not say why he is going to Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. But observers say he is likely to take part in completing a deal that calls for the unity government in Guinea to organize elections within 6 months. The deal calls for the wounded military leader Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara to go into exile as he recovers from at the term on his life. His decision on Friday to remain out of power clears the way for Guinea’s return to civilian rule.

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

International aid workers are struggling to get supplies and medical aid to survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.  

 

Lawmakers in Afghanistan have blocked President Hamid Karzai’s second attended that filling a new Cabinet.

The Defense Ministry in Yemen says it has captured the 3 Al-Qaeda militants near the border with Saudi Arabia.

So end this news of this hour in VOA special English and we thanks you are listeners

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