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WORLD NEWS --- Sep 12th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS --- Sep 12th, 2010

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It is 00:30 universal time. I'm Fritzi Bodenheimer in Washington.

American citizens and elected officials have remembered 9th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. President Obama and his wife Michelle and Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the different places where 4 hijacked airliners crashed. Almost 3,000 people were killed. Vice President Biden was in New York City where the 2 buildings of the World Trade Center fell. The names of those who died were read aloud by family members. Others held up pictures and art objects to remember the dead. Outside Washington, President Obama spoke at a ceremony at the Defense Department headquarters, the Pentagon. He said those who attacked the United States, attacked not just buildings but the very idea of America itself.

The Taliban is using the anniversary of the September 11th attacks to say the United States to should withdraw from Afghanistan. A Taliban statement criticized what it called America's wrong policy. It warned that the United States war effort is putting Americans in danger around the world. The Taliban message also claimed that the United States had been defeated in Afghanistan.

Iraq has agreed to pay Americans who were badly treated by former dictator Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War. American embassy spokesman David Ranz said United States and Iraqi officials signed the deal on September 2nd. He did not say how much money is involved. But the Christian Science Monitor newspaper says the amount if about 400 million dollars. A statement from Iraq's Foreign Ministry says the agreement is designed to resolve several legal claims for American citizens received from the former government. Some Americans captured by Iraq during the Gulf War were used as protection from a bullet and other weapons.

The Iranian lawyer for 3 American detained in Iran says their families are upset that the planned release of one of them has been canceled. Masoud Shafii spoke to CNN Saturday after Iran canceled plans to release Sarah Shourd. Iranian justice officials said the legal process was not completed.

India 's Trade Minister has criticized the United States for what he calls regressive policies that could delay economic recovery. Anand Sharma claims the United States has protectionist ideas that are, in his words, unhealthy for any economy. He commented Saturday during a conference in Bangalore for Infosys, a huge Indian information technology company. Recently, the American state of Ohio banned its departments from choosing foreign companies to carry out their projects.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Legal officials in Zimbabwe say 6 health workers have been arrested. Lawyer Jonathan Samukange says the workers were seized in Capital, Harare. Mr. Samukange said they were charged with acting as doctors and providing medicine without permission. He said the 6 helped operated health center and shelter for children without parents. The 6 include 5 Americans and one Zimbabwean. They work with an international church group that helps care HIV and AIDS patients. A police spokesman says it is the duty of the government to make sure all health centers are registered.

Congolese president Joseph Kabila has suspended mining in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Officials say the ban will cover mining operations in 3 provinces--North Kivu, South Kivu and Maniema. President Kabila ordered the suspension during a visit to Walikale, the center of the areas mining industry. He is trying to fight corruption in the industry and clear out rebel groups creating conflict there. Officials say they want to stop a crime group that is involved in minerals development.

In Greece, Prime Minister George Papandreou promised to cut business taxes next year to help the country's struggling economy. Mr. Papandreou made the promise in his yearly economic policy speech. He said the tax rate would be cut from 24% to 20%. The Greek leader spoke at a trade event in the city of Thessaloniki. He also promised to remove rules for businesses involved in electricity and transporting goods. Thousands gathered to protest the government new efforts to reduce the country's debt. Labor groups organized the protests to take place before Mr. Papandreou's speech.

In tennis, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia are to play the men's final of the United States Open Championship in New York. Djokovic defeated 5-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland Saturday. Nadal ousted Mikhail Youzhny of Russia to reach the United States Open final for the first time. In the women's final Saturday night, defending champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium plays Vera Zvonareva at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Briefly, here again is the major news of the hour.

President Obama led memorial events on the 9th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Iraq has agreed to pay Americans who were badly treated by former dictator Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War. And India's Trade Minister has criticized the United States for policies that he says could delay economic recovery.

That's the news in VOA Special English. I'm Fritzi Bodenheimer in Washington.

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