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WORLD NEWS - January 29th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS - January 29th, 2010

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

An international conference on securing Afghanistan has ended in London. Delegates promised more than 140 million dollars to help that nation. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband says the money will pay for the first year of the program made to persuade Taliban soldiers to rejoin Afghan society. The whole program is expected to cost about 500 million dollars. It will give jobs to former Talban fighters who have rejected violence and extremism.

NATO says its forces killed an Afghan clergyman as he was driving in Kabul. The incident resulted in a protest outside an American military base. A NATO statement said a military group fired on what appeared to be a threatening vehicle. The shooting seriously wounded the clergyman Mohammad Yunus who later died at a hospital. NATO says it has started an investigation and necessary action would be taken to make sure the troops obey rules aimed at protecting civilians.

The American Secretary of State says Iran has left the world with no choice, but to put more pressure on Iran to limit its nuclear activities. Hillary Clinton made the comments at a conference on Afghanistan in London. She discussed Iran with foreign ministers from China, Britain, France, and Germany. These countries are involved in negotiations to halt Iran's uranium enrichment program. Ms. Clinton said China's Foreign Minister Yang Jie-chi agreed to increase talks on new restrictions on Iran. Untill now China and Russia have resisted taking action against Iran for its nuclear activities.

The Obama administration has strongly condemned Iran for executing two political dissidents. A spokesman says the killings are a low point in Iran's unjust and violent campaign against peaceful dissent. Iran says it executed two opposition activists. Iranian media says Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmani Pour were hanged Thursday. A government lawer said the men admitted to planning murders and bombings. He said they also admitted belonging to the Kingdom Assembly of Iran. The Iranian government blames the group for bombing an Islamic center in the city of Shiraz in 2008. 13 people were killed.

President Obama says he will never reduce his support of Israel's security. But he said the struggle of the Palestinians must be recognized. He said he will make no apologies for helping Israel to stay secure in what he called a very hostile area. But Mr. Obama said millions of Palestinians lack jobs and education. He said the hopelessness they feel does not help the security situation. The United States supports a Tuesday solution to the Middle East crisis, and it is supporting both Israelis and Palestinians in efforts to begin series negotiations.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Police in Venezuela fired tear gas to break up a crowd of thousands of students gathered in the capital Caracas to protest shortages of electricity. The demonstrators were marching to the headquarters of the state electricity agency. News reports say 3 people were injured during the clash. Anger has been growing over water shortages and the devaluation of Venezuela's money. The county is in the middle of a recession and is struggling with high inflation. Students also protested this week against the government president Hugo Chavez for closing the opposition television station RCTV. Government officials ruled the station did not obey new rules requiring at broadcast speeches by the president.

An international group is reporting progress in its effort to stop attacks on ships near Somalia's coast. Officials with the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia say the number of successful attacks has dropped. They say more ships are taking measures to prevent them. Group chairman Carl Salicath says the group has developed message to help ships prevent hijackings. But he says only 3 out of 4 ships sailing in the area take the measures.

The United Nations Security Council has voted to extend its operation in the Ivory Coast by 4 months. The goal is to support the country's efforts to hold a presidential election. The election has been repeatedly delayed since 2005 because of disputes over who is legally permitted to vote. Ivory Coast officials say they hope to hold the election in late February or early March.

The United States military is working with the Haitian government to build a temporary medical building for earthquake victims. General Douglas Fraser leads the United States Southern Command. He said the building will have as many as 5000 beds. He said the American Navy hospital ship, the comfort, is reaching its care limit. That is because some injuries have required more treatment than expected. The General also said efforts to supply victims with food are not enough in some areas, but that situation is improving.

The United States says it is taking seriously a report from North Korea that an American has been detained. But officials say they cannot confirm the report. A State Department's spokesman says American officials will request permission to meet with the individual if the report is confirmed. North Korea's official news agency reported that an American man was detained Monday for entering the country illegally from China. The report said the unidentified man is being investigated.

Briefly here again is the major news. An international conference on Afghanistan has ended in London. Delegates promised more than 140 million dollars to help that nation. An American trade representative says the United States could be left out of Asian markets in the Pacific area. And police in Venezuela fired tear gas to break up a crowd of thousands of students gathered to protest shortages of electricity.

That's the news in Special English from Washington.

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