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WORLD NEWS --- May 25th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS --- May 25th, 2010

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It is 00:30 universal time. I'm Mario Ritter in Washington.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is a large amount of evidence that a North Korean torpedo sank a South Korean warship. Forty six South Korean sailors died in the attack. The South Korean born UN Chief told reporters and New York that he fully shares in the extensive condemnation of the accident. He called on the UN Security Council to take the correct measures after one of the South Korea's worst military disasters since the Korean War. Earlier South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said he will ask the Security Council to place new restrictions on North Korea. He also announced he is ending all enter Korean trade and closing his country's sea paths to North Korean ships. President Obama said he supports South Korea's actions.

Chinese President Hu Jintao has promised reform his country's monetary system in the slow and independent way. He spoke in Beijing after the opening of talks with American officials incluing Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Secretary Geithner said the United States welcomes what he says "is recognition by Chinese leaders that monetary reform is important". He also said the two sides have a common interest in the more open international trading system. Some of American lawmakers say China keeps the value of its money low to increase the country's exports.

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama says increase tensions on the Korean peninsula played part in his decision to keep an American military base on Okinawa. On Sunday Mr. Hatoyama announced plans to meet the terms of a 2006 agreement to keep the base on Okinawa. But he said he wanted the base moved from a crowded central city to the less populated northern coast.  The decision breaks a promise Mr. Hatoyama made, before taking power last year, that he would move the American air station off Okinawa.

Early results from Ethiopia's parliamentary elections show the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi winning by a large number of votes. Election officials say the ruling party is set to win at least 20 out of 23 parliamentary seats in Addis Ababa. Five years ago opposition parties won every seat in the city. Opposition parties and Human Rights Watch say the fairness of the election was threatened by the fact that votes were frightened before the election. Ethiopia's national elections board says the voting is free, fair and democratic. The European Union and the African Union are set to release their first reports on the elections this week.

President Obama met with Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri at the White House for talks on Middle East's security concerns and peace efforts. An Obama administration statement said the two leaders discuss the threat that results from the illegal movement of weapons into (Lemeda) Lebanon. It’s said Mr. Obama also talked about the importance of ensuring that Iran obeys its international responsibilities on enriched uranium.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Gunmen in Iraq have killed an Iraqi politician who won the seat in parliament for the coalition led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. Police and officials with Mr. Allawi's Iraqiya coalition say  Bashar Hamid al-Aqidi was shot Monday in the surprised attack near his home in Mosul. Another person with Mr. Aqidi was wounded in the shooting and one suspect was arrested. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing.

Armed tribesmen in Yemen have kidnapped two Americans traveling near the capital Sanaa. The travelers were captured Monday along with a Yemeni driver. During phone calls with news reporters the driver said the captures are demanding the release of tribesmen being held by officials in Sanaa. The American state department said the kidnapping is not believed to be a terrorist action. Instead, a spokesman said it appears that the tribe kidnaps travelers because it has disputed with Yemen's government.

American Defense Officials report that for the first time there are more United States troops serving in Afghanistan and in Iraq. There are ninety four thousand American troops currently in Afghanistan compare to ninety two thousand in Iraq. The latest troop numbers demonstrate the Obama administrations change of attention from Iraq to Afghanistan. President Obama has ordered withdrawal of all fighting forces from Iraq by September.

Iran has sent to the United Nations Nuclear Agency a plan to send some of its low enriched uranium to Turkey. In return, Iran says it would get higher enriched fuel for a medical research reactor in Teheran. Iran's State Run News Agency reports that under the agreement the low enriched uranium would remain Iran's property while it isn't Turkey. It also says Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency could send observers to Turkey to make sure the uranium is safe. The letter calls the exchange plan a starting point in cooperation with other nations.

And a top official from the United States Coast Guard says Energy Company BP is doing everything possible to stop a leak from the deep sea oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen says the American government has no interest in taking over the effort. Mr. Allen is heading the government’s response to the disaster. He said "to push BP out the way would raise the question of what other choice would be better". Mr. Allen's commands come one day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he does not believe that country's efforts to stop the leak.

Briefly here again is the major news of the hour.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is a large amount of evidence that a North Korean torpedo sank a South Korean warship. Chinese president Hu Jintao has promised to reform his country's monetary system. And President Obama has met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the White House.

That's the news in VOA Special English. I'm Mario Ritter in Washington.

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