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WORLD NEWS --- Sep 15th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS --- Sep 15th, 2010

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had ended a day of direct peace talks in Egypt. The 2 leaders held an extra unplanned meeting with American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. But there are no reports of any new progress in issues that divided the 2 sides. Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas are to meet Wednesday in Jerusalem. American diplomat George Mithcell said the talks are generally moving in the right direction. However, he did not say if there had been any progress on the issue of Jewish settlements. The Obama administration believes Israel should extend a 10-month partial ban on building in the settlements. The ban is to end September 26th.

An American woman freed by Iran has been reunited with her mother. Officials say Sarah Shourd met her mother at the airport in Oman Tuesday. The reunion took place just hours after Ms. Shourd was freed from Evin Prison in Tehran. She was detained in Iran for more than a year. Ms. Shourd left behind 2 male friends, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who remain in detention. Officials arrested the 3 after they walked into Iran from northern Iraq. Iran accuses them of spying and entering the country illegally. Family members say they crossed the border by accident. President Obama welcomed the news of Sarah Shourd's release. Iranian officials say they will extend Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal's detention for 2 more months.

The French Senate has voted to ban the public use of Muslim head covering for women. The vote is the final step in making the ban legal. 246 lawmakers voted to approve the ban, only one vote oppose the ban. The law has already passed in the National Assembly. Opponents of the bill have 10 days to fight the measure in France's constitutional council before President Nicolas Sarkozy signs the legislation into law. The law will make it illegal to Muslim women to wear a full face-covering which only shows the eyes in public. France has one of the largest Muslim populations in Western Europe. And estimated 2,000 Muslim women in France wear the face-covering veil.

NATO says Afghan and coalition forces in Helmand province killed up to 23 militants in 3 separate operations. A NATO statement said joint forces requested rocket artillery fire to surprise militants after being attacked late Monday. NATO also confirmed that its troops captured a member of the Haqqani militant group in Khost province. The troops also ceased weapons. In Wardak province, joint forces killed 3 militants, supervising the manufacture and transport of homemade bombs.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

The United States is offering Sudan the possibility of restarting full diplomatic relations if it improves conditions in the western Darfur area. Sudan must also agree not to disrupt a vote that could lead to the independence of the country's south. American diplomat Scott Gration said Tuesday that the United States has offered Sudan new rewards that include returning an ambassador to Khartoum, providing aid and supporting debt relief. Mr. Gration said the American proposal makes clear what Sudan can gain for making progress in the south. And he said Sudan could face additional restrictions if it fails to make progress. He said the United States is worried that time is running out to solve disagreements for organizing the vote for independence.

Thousands of heavily armed police officers guarded towns across Indian control Kashmir Tuesday. The officers had earlier received orders to shoot anyone disobeying a curfew. Police urged people to stay indoors. Police fired at a group of stone-throwing protesters in Baramulla, near the city of Kashmir. At least 6 people were injured. The government in New Delhi said it will discuss the growing tensions in Kashmir with all political parties on Wednesday. The government has suspended all flights to and from Srinagar because of the worsening security situations. At least 88 civilians have died in Kashmir since protests began 3 months ago. Kashmir separatists have fought since 1989 to win independence from India or unite with Muslim majority Pakistan.

China has again demanded that Japan release a Chinese fishing boat captain whose boat crashed into 2 Japanese guard ships. A Chinese Ministry spokeswoman says it is important that Japan release the captain immediately and safely. Japanese officials have said government lawyers are deciding whether to charge the captain with a crime. The boat incident took place last week in the East China Sea, near a group of islands both countries claim. Japan also detained the boat's 14 crew members but freed them on Monday. Earlier Tuesday, China postponed a lawmaker’s visit to Tokyo. Li Jianguo has planned to visit to Japan for 5 days starting Wednesday.

In the United Stats, weather experts say Hurricane Igor (is threatening as 口误) is strengthening as it moves across the Atlantic Ocean in the direction of Bermuda. The National Hurricane Center says the ocean storm is expected to remain a very powerful storm through Thursday. Igor has wind speeds of up to 230 kilometers an hour. Ocean waves caused by the storm are expected to begin affecting the Leeward Island and reach Puerto Rico by Wednesday.

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

Israel 's Prime Minister and Palestinian President have ended a day of direct peace talks in Egypt. An American woman freed by Iran has been reunited with her mother in Oman. And the United States is offering Sudan the possibility of restarting full diplomatic relations if it improves conditions in western Darfur.

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

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