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WORLD NEWS - February 3rd, 2010

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It is 00:30 universal time and here is the news in Special English.


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his country is ready to send uranium to other countries for enrichment. Mr. Ahmadinejad told State TV that Iran has no problem with sending low-enriched uranium to France and Russia. Under an UN-supported plan Iran would give uranium back several months later when it is enriched to a 20 percent level. Iran has been unwilling to accept the deal because it said it is concerned that not all the uranium will be returned. Iranian President Ahmadinejad also says his government may release 3 jailed Americans in exchange for Iranians held in US prisons. He told Iranian State TV Tuesday that talks about such an exchange are taking place. He did not say which Iranians he wants the US to release. Iranian officials detained the 3 Americans last July after they crossed into Iran from Iraq. Iran has accused them of spying. Family members say the 3 were walking in Iraq's Kurdish area when they accidently crossed into Iran. The US says the accusations are false and has called for their release.


Administration officials say President Obama is to meet with Tibet's exiled religious leader the Dalai Lama. China has repeatedly warned that such a meeting would harm relations between the US and China. Ties between the two countries are already tense because of disagreements over Taiwan, internet restrictions and other issues. And Obama administration official said the President told Chinese leaders last year that he would meet with the Dalai Lama and that he would aim to go ahead with those plans. The US says it is important to have relationships with China and Tibet's exiled government.


Pakistani intelligence officials say at least 16 militants have been killed in a suspected American missile attack in the northwestern tribal area. Reports say suspected pilotless airplanes fired more than 12 missiles at a militant center in North Waziristan. The area is a base for the Haqqani militant group. The group is blamed for crossing the border into Afghanistan to attack American, NATO, and Afghan troops.


Bosnian police have raided a village that is home to a group of highly conservative Muslims. Officials in Bosnia-Herzegovina say 600 officers took part in the raid on Gornja Maoca Tuesday. Police arrested 7 suspects including 1 foreigner, whose name and nationality, were not released. They also seized weapons and computer storage devices. A spokesman for the government's legal office says police were looking for people suspected of spreading national, racial and religious hatred. Gornja Maoca is home to Bosnia's Wahhabi group of Muslims. This group lives by the most restrictive reading of the Koran and ignores all other laws.


You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.


A top American military official says he believes lifting the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military is the right thing to do. Admiral Michael Mullen is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He told lawmakers Tuesday that he is deeply troubled by a policy that, in his words, "forces people to lie about who they are in order to defend their country." Mr. Mullen's statement is the strongest yet from the military, though he stated that he was speaking only for himself. He attended a meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Mr. Gates said his agency has formed a high-level group to study the policy for one year. The policy permits homosexual Americans to serve in the military as long as they do not make their sexuality public.


The UN says efforts to help Haiti recover from the recent earthquake are gaining strength. But UN officials say there still are important needs. UN humanitarian chief John Holmes said health care for the injured and sick is getting better, although it is still not good. He said most of the necessary life-saving operations already have taken place. But he says important drugs are needed. Mr. Holmes said more people are receiving food. The World Food Program aims to reach 2 million people in the coming days. The Jan 12 earthquake killed up to 200,000 people, another 1 million are homeless.


Officials in Haiti have questioned 10 Americans accused of trying to take Haitian children out of the country without permission. The 5 men and 5 women were detained last Friday as they try to enter the Dominican Republic with 33 children. The Americans say they were taking the children to a center for parentless children. But some of the children with them said they have living parents. An aid group, SOS Children's Villages, is now caring for the children. It says some parents have arrived to get their children. The 10 American suspects are part of a Christian aid group, called the New Life Refuge, Children's Refuge.


The 82nd Academy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday in Los Angeles, California. The films "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" each received 9 nominations. They included Best Picture and Best Director for James Cameron of "Avatar" and Kathryn Bigelow who directed "The Hurt Locker". Mr. Cameron was formerly married to Ms. Bigelow. She won the top award at the Directors' Guild of America awards last week. If tradition holds that would make the favorite to win the Academy Award that is known as Oscar. No woman has ever received the Oscar for directing.


And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour in VOA Special English. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his country is ready to send uranium to other countries for enrichment. Administration officials say President Obama is to meet with the Dalai Lama. And a top American military official says he believes lifting the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military is the right thing to do.


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

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