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WORLD NEWS - January 28th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS - January 28th, 2010

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It is 1:30 universal time and here is the news in Special English.

The United States is supporting an Afghan plan to let Taliban fighters who reject violence rejoin Afghan society. American diplomat Richard Holbrooke expressed support for the plan Wednesday. He spoke one day before an international donor conference on Afghanistan opens in London. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to announce details of what he calls "his reintegration plan" during the conference. Mr. Holbrooke said Wednesday that any Taliban members rejoining Afghan society will have to disarm and rejected any ties to al-Qaeda. He also said that other unacceptable Taliban policies will have to be discussed, including the group’s treatment of women.

An international search team has found the flight records from an Ethiopian passenger plane that crashed on the coast of Lebanon. Security official say the recorders were found Wednesday about 10 kilometers west of the Beirut airport. The recorders were over 1000 meters below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea. The Ethiopian airline's jet was traveling to Addis Ababa. All 90 passengers on board are believed to have died.

A French rescue team has pulled a young girl alive from under the wreckage in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. The rescue comes 15 days after a major earthquake ruined most of the city. Also Wednesday United Nation's Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said emergency supplies are getting to earthquake survivors in Haiti more quickly every day. Mr. Ban said the UN operation in Haiti and UN agencies are working to help those affected by the quake. The earthquake killed an estimated 200,000 people. Mr. Ban also said 150 health care centers and hospitals have been set up and are operating in Port-au-Prince.

President Obama plans to say he has never been more hopeful about America's future, but he both say that both political parties must come together to help solve the nation's problems. President Obama is to give his first State of the Union speech Wednesday night. He will say that it is time for lawmakers to overcome divisions and meet their responsibility to the American public. President Obama will speak at a time when his public approval ratings have been decreasing. The nation's current unemployment rate is 10 percent, and the federal budget deficit is predicted to be over one trillion dollars.

Porfirio Lobo has been sworn in as new president of Honduras. Mr. Lobo promised Wednesday to move past recent political unrest. His administration replaces a temporary government that other counties have refused to recognize. This temporary government took control after the military ousted former president Manuel Zelaya last June. On Wednesday Mr. Zelaya went to the airport in Tegucigalpa where he took a flight to the Dominican Republic. He is to begin a new life in exile there. A large crowd gathered at the airport to see Mr. Zelaya leave.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the battle against extremism in Yemen requires more action from the Yemeni government and the world. She spoke Wednesday at an international meeting in London. The United States, Britain, and other countries have promise to support Yemen in its fight against extremism and terrorist threats. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband led the meeting. He discussed the importance of dealing with what he called "the root causes" of militancy in Yemen. He said that officials believe Yemen should start talks with the International Monetary Fund about how to ease the poverty that leads to violence.

Sri Lankan officials say President Mahinda Rajapakse has been reelected. Officials declare that Mr. Rajapakse received nearly 58 percent of the votes Wednesday. His former military chief Sarath Fonseka received about 40 percent of the vote in the election Tuesday. Mr. Fonseka has refused to accept defeat. He says cheating took place during the vote. He also accused the Sri Lankan president of planning to kill him. The government has denied the claim.

South Korean officials say North Korea has fired another series of shots into the Yellow Sea. This is the third time North Korea has shelled the area in the past 2 days. North Korea says the shelling is part of the yearly military exercise. It fired off a first series of shells Wednesday morning. South Korea responded with warning shots. North Korea fired a second series Wednesday afternoon and third Thursday morning. South Korea says it is watching the situation very carefully. North Korea says it has the right to carry out exercises in its own waters and will not halt the operation.

An American Defense Official is traveling to Japan for a security meeting and talks on the future of an American airbase on the island of Okinawa. Assistant Secretary of Defense Wallace Gregson is on his way to Okinawa. Under earlier administrations in both countries the United States and Japan agreed to move the Futenma airbase to a less populated area of Okinawa. The move to a place near the city of Nago was part of a reorganization plan for American forces in Japan. But Japan's new prime minister has said he is reconsidering that plan. And people living in Nago recently elected a mayor who opposes the move. The United States still believes the plan to move the base is the best choice.

And now here again is the major news. The United States is supporting an Afghan plan to let Taliban fighters who reject violence rejoin Afghan society. A French rescue team has pulled a young girl alive from under the wreckage in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. And President Obama plans to say he has never been more hopeful about America's future during his first State of the Union speech.

And that's the news in VOA Special English, coming to you from Washington.

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