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VOA Special English - WORLD NEWS - January 22nd, 2010

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VOA Special English - WORLD NEWS - January 22nd, 2010

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It is 0:30 universal time, and here is the news in Special English.

The United States military says it has reopen the heavily damaged port in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. The chief of the United States Southern Command General Douglas Fraser said, the port should be able to receive 150 containers of supplies each day. He said that number will grow to at least 250 containers a day when a private ship arrives Friday. Wreckage around the port, damaged roads, and delays of the city's main airport have slowed aid to victims of the earthquake last week. General Fraser said 3 new airports have opened in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic to receive supplies. But road travel to destroyed areas remains difficult.

President Obama is calling for stronger supervision of America's largest banks and lending companies. He says it is time to control the banks which took risks that led to the country's financial crisis. The President says he want to prevent the failure of banks and other financial companies in the future. He said taxpayers should never, in his words, be held hostage by the worry that the failure of one huge bank could damage the whole financial system. The President said banks should not increase in size and they should not have their own securities trading operations. The President asks lawmakers to consider these points as they work on financial reform legislation.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has criticized China, Iran, and other countries for limiting freedom of expression on the internet. Ms. Clinton said instant messaging, blogs, and email have opened new ways to exchange ideas, but she said they have also created new targets for repression. Ms. Clinton said countries or individuals who take part in internet attacks should face punishment and international condemnation, and she criticized internet repression in China, Iran, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Egypt and Viet Nam. Ms. Clinton also praised what she called "Iran's citizen Journalists". They send pictures and videos of opposition protests that did not appear in state controlled media. Opposition internet sites in Iran say officials are threatening to shut down 15 publications if they criticize the government. Opposition groups say the threat is aimed at daily and weekly newspapers, and economic and cultural publications. One expert said Iran's government will give a warning for each violation and will shut down publications after several warnings. He says the campaign against news organizations has put 75 reporters in prison. More than 200 others face detention.

Iran says it was limited amount of money people can withdraw from their banks each day. Iran's central banks says it will bar people from making withdraws of more than 115 millions Rials starting Thursday. That is about 15,000 dollars. Finance Minister Shamseddin Hosseini said restrictions are needed to fight what he called "financial terrorism". That includes money received illegally that is then used for legal trade. The banks new rules also require Iranian banks to report their financial activities. In another move Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said three zeros will be dropped from the value of Iran's money. The move appears to be meant to ease inflation.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

The United States Secretary of Homeland Security says security at international airports must involve more than full-body X-ray machines. Janet Napolitano met with European Union Security Ministers in Toledo Spain. She said the United States and the European Union must cooperate more in gathering and sharing information. She also said the two sides must develop new technology for identifying individuals who are threats.

Pakistan's military says it cannot expand its offensive against militants in the northwest of the country for at least 6 months. Army spokesman General Athar Abbas said Pakistan needs more time to secure its current gains. He spoke during the visit by United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Mr. Gates said he is satisfied to let Pakistani officials decide how they should continue with offensive. The United States wants Pakistan to launch an offensive in North Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. Afghan Taliban and militants linked to al-Qaeda use the area to launch attacks in Afghanistan.

Burma is holding a meeting aimed at controlling human trafficking. Issues to be discussed includes sexual slavery and labor mistreatment in South-East Asia's Mekong area. United Nations observers have joint ministers from Burma, China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam, for two days of talks in the city of Bagan. Matthew Friedman, a UN official on Human Trafficking said only unity and cooperation can make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. The UN estimates that more than 9 million people were forced into labor in Asia's Pacific area since 2005.

A media rights group says Sri Lanka's President is using state operated media and government resources to support his re-election campaign. Reporters Without Borders says it recently completed a study. It found that President Mahinda Rajapakse and his supporters received almost all of the coverage on two state-owned television stations. The President faces 20 opponents in the January 26 election. His main competitor is former army chief Sarath Fonseka.

And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour. The United States military says it has reopen the heavily damaged port in the Haitian capital. Opposition internet sites in Iran say officials are threatening to shut down 15 publications if they criticize the government. And the United States Secretary of Homeland Security says security at international airports must involve more than full-body X-ray machines.

That's the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

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