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WORLD NEWS --- Sep 7th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS --- Sep 7th, 2010

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

A NATO official says 2,000 more troops may be going to Afghanistan. The official spoke to reporters in the Belgian capital, Brussels. He said the request for additional troops came from the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus. He did not say which of the alliance's 28 members would send the new troops. The international force in Afghanistan already has 140,000 troops. Separately, General Petraeus has criticized a plan by a Christian group to burn copies of Islam’s holy book on September 11th. The general said the planned burning of the Koran is the kind of action the Taliban would use for propaganda purposes. He said it could endanger American troops and damage the war effort in Afghanistan. Hundreds of Afghan's demonstrated in Kabul Monday to protest the plan by the Dove World Outreach center. The protesters shouted death to America as they demonstrated near an Islamic center. Similar protests were held Saturday near the United States embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 19 people in the country's northwest. 9 police officers and several children were among the dead in the town of Lakki Marwat. More than 40 other people were hurt. The attacker used his vehicle to strike a police station. Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani condemned the violence. Lakki Marwat is near North Waziristan, where many Taliban and Al-Qaeda supporters are said to live. Hours after the bombing, security officials said a suspected American missile strike killed at least 5 militants in North Waziristan.

The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iranian officials are restricting the activities of international nuclear inspectors. The agency said Iran has refused to answer questions about possible secret nuclear activities for the past 2 years. It also said Iran has failed to answer requests from its nuclear inspectors. In June, Iran barred 2 inspectors from entering the country because of what it said were their false and wrong statements. The IAEA has rejected the criticism.

Friends and family members of an Iranian woman say they fear officials soon could carry out her execution. A court in Iran sentenced Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani to death by stoning for having sex with someone other than her husband. Her son and one of her lawyers said Monday the ban on death sentences observed during Islam’s month of Ramadan will end this week. The Associated Press reported that the lawyers said the stoning sentence could be carried out at anytime. However, Italy's Foreign Minister says Iranian officials told the Italian ambassador that no decision has been taken. France has also communicated with Iran about the case.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

North Korea is preparing for its biggest political gathering in 30 years. Huge signs announcing the Workers Party gathering have appeared in many parts of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. State-media reported that Party delegates were gathering in the city for the meeting. Media reports said that such conferences are called only when urgent or extraordinary issues arise.

Officials in China and the United States are congratulating each other on improving ties between the countries after tensions earlier this year. Chinese Communist Party official Li Yuanchao said Monday that some problems had hurt China's relations with the United States. He added that the relations between the 2 sides are now much improved. He spoke in Beijing to 2 American officials, Thomas Donilon and Larry Summers. Mr. Summers is head of President Obama's National Economic Council. He said the President has noted the importance of a strong relationship with China and plans by Chinese President Hu Jintao to visit the United States.

President Obama has announced a 15-billion-dollar plan to rebuild America's roads, railroad systems and airport runways. The President proposed the 6-year plan Monday during a visit to the state of Wisconsin. He said the plan would involve rebuilding 240,000 kilometers of roads and improving the nation's air-travel control system. Mr. Obama promised to work with Congress to make sure the plan will not add to the government's deficit. However, he did not identify program cuts or tax increases to pay for it. President Obama spoke to Labor Union leaders and Union members on America's Labor Day holiday.

Strikes are threatening to halt many activities in France this week. The strikes could halt air traffic and train service as well as schools. Labor Unions are organizing the strikes. Union leaders say they expect hundreds of thousands of people to take part in demonstrations Tuesday. The demonstrations are to protest a French government proposal to raise the country's retirement age from 60 to 62. The government has said that raising the retirement age could save France billions of dollars.

In South Africa, public service unions say they are suspending a nationwide strike that has closed many schools and hospitals. However, union leaders said they have not accepted the government's latest wage offer. The government has offered a pay raise of 7.5%. The Labor Unions are seeking an 8.6% increase. Union members are expected to return to work Tuesday after being on strike for 3 weeks.

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

A NATO official says 2,000 more troops may be going to Afghanistan. North Korea is preparing for its biggest political gathering in 30 years. And in France, union led strikes are threatening to halt many activities this week.

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

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