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WORLD NEWS --- Jun 22nd, 2010

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WORLD NEWS --- Jun 22nd, 2010

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

Jerusalem's planning committee has approved a plan to destroy about twenty Palestinian homes to make room for a park and travel center. The project would be built in the Muslim Arab area of east Jerusalem. The project still needs more approves which officials say could take months. Last March, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pressured Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to suspend the project. Mr. Netanyahu expressed concern about Israel's image across the world. Palestinian leaders say this is another attempt by Israel to claim all of Jerusalem.

Iran has barred two United Nations inspectors from entering the country. Iran's nuclear energy chief says they presented fourth reports on Iran's nuclear work. Ali Akbar Salehi also accuses the officials of reporting secret information before it had been officially examined. He says Iran has asked the UN to replace them with two other inspectors. Mr. Salehi did not provide details. The UN is supporting its inspectors. UN officials say the May 31st report on Iran's nuclear activities and its nuclear supplies is fully accurate. Western counties suspect Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge.

NATO says nine of its soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. Three Australians and an American were killed Monday when their helicopter crashed in Kandahar province. A NATO statesman says there are no signs of enemy involvement in the crash. Severn Australian soldiers were wounded. Five other international troops died in attacks in the east and south. A Canadian soldier and four American soldiers were killed. Also Monday Britain announced its three-hundredth death in the nearly nine-year Afghan War. Separately, Afghan officials said at least fourteen suspected Taliban prisoners were freed Monday as parts of efforts to gain peace.

The United Nations says about 8% of the Afghan population suffers from drug dependence. That is double the world average. In the report the UN Office on Drug and Crime said one million Afghans use illegal drugs. It says the number of opium users has increased more than 50% since 2005. The report says heroin use has grown 140%. A UN official says years of war, low cost drugs and limited treatment programs have created a growing problem for Afghanistan. The official says half of the adult drug users give opium to their children. The report also found high drug use among Afghan police.

The Pakistan-born man accused of attempting to explode a car bomb in New York's Times Square area last month has told a court he is guilty of all charges. Faisal Shahzad admitted guilt Monday during a hearing at a courthouse in the city. Mr. Shahzad said in court that he considers himself a Muslim soldier. He said that unless the United States leaves Muslim lands including Afghanistan and Iraq he and others would attack.

In Iraq, the electricity minister has resigned after street protests over power cuts. Karim Waheed said he was resigning because of the failure to provide enough electric power. Protesters in at least two southern Iraqi cities had demanded his dismissal. He said his attempts to fix the power system were harmed by a lack of money and fuel. He also criticized Iraqis for expecting too much. He said the protests have been politic used by all sides. Public anger increased in recent days as temperatures reached fifty degree Celsius.

Kyrgyz security forces have raided an ethnic Uzbek village in the south. At least two people died. Twenty three others were wounded. Kyrgyz officials say the purpose of the raid was to search for criminals and weapons in Nariman. But rights groups say police carried out the raid because of a police officer was killed last week. Police detained at least seven people. Rights groups say several people were beaten.

Search teams have found a wreckage airplane that crashed in the Republic of Congo. The eleven crashed victims included Australian mining officials and one of Australia's richest men. No survivors were found. Cameroun's officials say the plane was found in thick jungle near the border between Congo and Cameroun.

The joint United Nations African Union operation in Sudan's Darfur area says three of its peacekeepers have been killed. Peacekeeping officials say the soldiers were from Rwanda. They were guarding a base building project near Jebel Marra when gunmen shot them. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the attack and called on Sudan to bring the gunmen to justice.

Prices for stocks and highly trade materials rose Monday after China's promise to increase market influence on the value of its money. The Chinese money the Yuan rose to about 6.8 to the American dollar. That is the Yuan's highest value in several years. Oil and copper prices also rose as investors expect that stronger Chinese money will increase imports of some goods.

At the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to name an advisory committee on suspected human rights violations at the end of Sri Lanka's civil war. A UN diplomat made the statement Monday but refused to be identified. Diplomats said the three-member committee would not investigate charges.

And in World Cup play, Portugal has defeated North Korea seven-to-zero and each teams second World Cup game. Chile has defeated Switzerland one-to-zero. That match took place in Port Elisabeth. In the last game of the day, Spain defeated Honduras two-to-zero in Johannesburg.

Jerusalem's planning committee has approved a plan to destroy about twenty Palestinian homes to build a park and travel center. Iran has barred two UN inspectors from entering the country. And NATO says nine of its soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

And that's the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

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