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WORLD NEWS – February 20th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS – February 20th, 2010

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And so we meet once again you and I are in name of VOA special English at 00:30 universal time

In the news of this day

The African Union has suspended Niger. The action came a day after rebel soldiers seized President Mamadou Tandja. The Head of the African Union Peace and Security Council banned the Niger from activities and demanded it return to constitutional order. The Council met on Friday in Addis Ababa. Niger’s new military leader made his first public appearance. Salou Djibo promises to set up but decision making group. The military says the head of ministries will carry out government business for now. At first the military dismissed the whole government. Witnesses say that Niger’s capital, Niamey remained calm on Friday. Businesses and government offices operated as usual.

Iran’s top leader says that his country does not believe in atomic weapons and is not seeking them. Iranian State TV reported the comments of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He spoke on Friday during a ceremony before the launch of a new Iranian built navy ship. On Thursday the International Atomic Energy Agency expressed concern that Iran may be working to develop nuclear weapon. The Iranian leader said that the United Nations’ claim may not sense. On Friday Iran representative to the UN agency said again that Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful. Russia, France and Germany warned that Iran could face new international sanctions.

Officials in northern Morocco say that at least 36 people have died in the collapse of part of a religious center during Friday’s Prayers. The incident happened that the Bab Berdieyinne Mosque in historic city of Meknes. AT least 70 others are reported injured. Officials blamed heavy rain for the collapse.

A top police official has been killed in an attack in southern Yemen. The government says that another person was also killed and 3 were wounded. It said rebels carried out the attack. Militants in the area accused Northerners unfairly using oil resources in the area. Last week a troop was reached between the government and Shiite rebels in the Northerners. On Thursday security forces searching for al-Qaeda fighters arrested 3 suspected militants in the Eastern Maarib area.

The former United Nations’ nuclear Chief Mohamed ElBaradei has returned home to Egypt. Hundreds of supporters welcome him at Cairo airport though the government had warned the Egyptians not to go there. At one point the cerebration delayed Mr. ElBaradei for leaving airport. Mr. ElBaradei has said he will consider entering politics. He said he made run for President in 2011 if free elections can be guaranteed. Some opposition groups hoped he can prevent President Hosni Mubarak from passing power to his don. Mr. Mubarak has been in power for almost 30 years.

This is VOA special English

Opposition members of the Ivory Coast say at least 5 people were killed on Friday when police fired on demonstrators. Officials say that at least 12 people were injured in the shooting in the town of Gagnoa. Other demonstrations are reported across the country on Friday. Thousands of protests since President Laurent Gbagbo dismissed the government. He also dismissed elections of officials in a dispute involving the country’s voter lists. The action is likely to delay the presidential elections that vote has been postponed 6 times since 2005. Opposition groups accused Mr. Gbagbo of trying to delay the election in order to stay in power. They say they no longer recognize him as President.

The African Union has told Madagascar’s leader Andry Rajoelina that he must cooperate with the power- sharing agreements by March 16th. If not the organization said that they will put restrictions on the unrecognized leaders. The head of the AU Peace and Security Council said that the restrictions could include economic measures and the travel ban. He spoke at organization met in the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday. International negotiators have been calling for the unity government and new elections since Mr. Rajoelina seized the power last March. Mr. Rajoelina agreed to a power-sharing deal with the leaders of three opposition groups last August in Mozambique. An additional agreement was signed in Ethiopia in November but none of the agreements have been carried out.    

And sport’s news of Golfer Tiger Woods has made a public apology for having relationships with women outside of his marriage. The famous golfer spoke on TV on Friday. He apologizes to his family, supporters, other golfers and business partners. He said he wants his marriage and family live to remain private but admitted that he was unfaithful to his wife. Mr. Woods denied physical mistreatment of his wife and other accusations. He asked the media to leave his wife and children alone. Tiger Woods says he plans to return to the sport of golf but did not give a date. He said he would consider returning to the professional golf later this year.

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

The African Union has suspended Niger a day after rebel soldiers seized President Mamadou Tandja.

Iran’s top leader says that his country does not believe in atomic weapons and is not seeking them.

And officials in Morocco say that at least 36 people have died in the collapse of part of a religious center during Friday Prayers.

SO end this news of this hour in VOA special English we thank you are listeners and we are always at your service.

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