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WORLD NEWS --- Aug 5th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS --- Aug 5th, 2010

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

The Obama administration says the long struggle to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is coming to an end. And that new action will be about cleanup efforts. The government's oil response Chief Thad Allen spoke Wednesday in Washington. He said the latest effort by oil company BP to close the well is working. However, he said the job will not be complete until a relief well being drilled is finished. The broken well must also be closed permanently with mud and cement.

In the United States, a federal judge has canceled a ban by the state of California on same-sex marriage. Judge Vaughn Walker's decision comes nearly 2 years after voters in the state approved a disputed measure known as "Proposition 8". The measure defined marriage of as the union between a man and a woman. California voters approved the measure by a small majority in 2008. That was months after the California Supreme Court made same-sex marriages legal. Legal experts say the decision Wednesday could lead to a United States Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

Flood waters in Pakistan are moving south into the central province of Punjab. Northwestern Pakistan has already been hit with flood waters that have affected more than 3,000,000 people. Officials are working to transport thousands of people from Punjab as water flows into villages destroying homes and farmland. Officials are also prepared for heavy rains to hit nearby Sindh province in the next few days. Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani visited Punjab on Wednesday and met with his cabinet to discuss relief efforts. Mr. Gilani said that 100,000 people have been rescued. Pakistanis are criticizing the government for what they say "are delays in providing aid". At least 1,500 people have been killed in the floods.

In Iran, government operated news agencies are denying reports that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the target of an attack Wednesday in Hamedan. A conservative website reported earlier that he escaped without harm from a small explosion near his vehicle.  Iran's official television station reports that the explosion was caused by fireworks that could have been meant to welcome the president. No injuries were reported. Mr. Ahmadinejad did not speak of the incident during his speech in Hamedan.

American government investigators say an American citizen has been arrested and charged with attempting to give material support to the Somalia-based group Al-Shabab. Officials say that Shaker Masri was arrested late Tuesday just hours before he was planning to travel from Chicago, Illinois to Somalia. He was also charged with attempting to provide support through the use of a weapon of mass destruction. If found guilty, the suspect faces up to 15 years in prison on each charge against him. The State Department considers Al-Shabab a terrorist organization.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

The United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon is supporting Israel's report about what started a clash between Israeli and Lebanese troops Tuesday. A UN statement says Israeli troops were on their own territory cutting tree branches when Lebanese troops opened fire. Lebanese officials dispute the report. They say the trees were in Lebanon and that its army acted in self-defense against Israeli aggression. 2 Lebanese soldiers, one Israeli officer and one reporter were killed in the fighting. Many others were wounded.

Judges at the special court for Sierra Leone have rejected a final protest from former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Mr. Taylor had attempted to block British model Naomi Campbell as a witness as his a trial. Ms. Campbell is expected in court on Thursday. Mr. Taylor is accused of supplying weapons to rebels during Sierra Leone's civil war in exchange for diamonds. The diamonds are known as blood diamonds since they were mined and sold to finance-armed conflict. Lawyers want to ask Ms. Campbell if Mr. Taylor gave her one of these diamonds in 1997. The 2 met at a dinner in South Africa given by Nelson Mandela. Both Ms. Campbell and Mr. Taylor denied the accusations.

Russian health officials are warning people in Moscow to protect themselves from the polluted air that has surrounded the city. Smoke from burning forests is entering homes, offices and even the underground transportation system. Officials say the smoke contains dangerous gases. They say being outside can be dangerous for even healthy people. The fires are a result of lack of rain and hot weather conditions. Daily temperatures in Moscow have reached more than 40 degrees Celsius. The fires have killed 48 people and destroyed thousands of homes in several villages and towns.

Burma says it has expanded the world's largest protected area for endangered tigers. The government announced that all of Hukaung Valley will be declared a protected tiger area. Scientists believe several hundred tigers are living in the protected area. It contains more than 17,000 square kilometers of land. The documents signed Tuesday expanded the wildlife area to more than 3 times its earlier size. Experts say Burma's decision is a major step in saving wild tigers. They are one of the world's most endangered species. There are an estimated 3,000 tigers alive in the wild today. There were about 100,000 a century ago.

And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour.

President Obama says the long battle to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is coming to an end. An American federal judge has canceled a ban by the state of California on same-sex marriage. And government investigators say an American citizen has been arrested and charged with attempting to give material support to the Somalia-based group Al-Shabab.

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

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