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WORLD NEWS --- Sep 23rd , 2010

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WORLD NEWS --- Sep 23rd , 2010

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It is 1:30 universal time and here is the news in Special English.

President Obama says the United States is redefining how it helps other countries meet development goals. He spoke Wednesday at a United Nations meeting of world leaders in New York. Mr. Obama said for too long the United States has measured its aid efforts by the money it spends and the food and medicines it delivers. The President said attention should also be given to helping in other nations build their own growth to create conditions where aid is no longer needed. His comments were made on the final day of a meeting to discuss the progress of Millennium Development Goals set 10 years ago by UN members. These goals include ending extreme poverty and fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS.

In Iran, at least 12 people were killed in a bombing at a military march honoring the 30th anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War. Officials say at least 70 others were injured in the explosion which took place in the northwestern town of Mahabad. Investigators say most of the victims were women and children. No one has claimed responsibility. However, local officials have blamed Kurdish separatists.

Negotiators are seeking an early settlement with Iran about its nuclear programs. Top diplomats of the 5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany met in New York Wednesday. The group says it wants to re-established talks with Iran on a nuclear fuel exchange. The exchange was proposed last October. The European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton announced the plan after the meeting.

A new book reports a strong division among President Obama's top advisers on the operations of war in Afghanistan. 2 newspapers, the Washington Post and the New York Times, published parts of the book on Wednesday, it is called Obama's Wars. The writer of the book Bob Woodward questioned Mr. Obama and his advisers about war operations. Mr. Woodward reports that the President was supporting an operation to end the war and not a long-term nation building program in Afghanistan. However, it says that top military commanders wanted more American troops to fight the Taliban militants. President Obama agreed to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. However, he announced that American troops would begin withdrawing from Afghanistan in July of 2011.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed separate agreements with Honduras and El Salvador to support plans to strengthen economic development in those countries. Ms. Clinton signed the agreement Wednesday with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez in New York. The plan aims to increase economic growth through money sent from people working the United States. The goal is to bring more people into the financial system. The Inter-American Development Bank estimates that Latin America and Caribbean countries receive 50 billion dollars each year from workers in the United States.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych says he does not believe seeking membership in the European Union will hurt recently renewed relations with Russia. Mr. Yanukovych spoke to the Associated Press in New York Wednesday. He said that Ukraine has chosen to work toward joining the EU and that its government programs are organized by that goal. Russia disagrees with the EU on many issues and sees the group as interfering in its influence in Europe. Mr. Yanukovych also says that the Ukraine will cooperate with but never join NATO.

The Movement for Democratic Change party in Zimbabwe says one of its supporters has died after being injured in an attack during a constitutional reform meeting. A spokesman for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party announced the death Wednesday. The party has accused President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party of causing the violence at several public meetings on reform. ZANU-PF leaders denied the charge. Witnesses said protesters threw stones and shouted at people taking part in several public of events Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Harare and Bulawayo.

Delegates to a conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency are expected to vote on a resolution calling on Israel to join a Disarmament Treaty. Egypt's delegate to the conference spoke to the 151 nation group Wednesday in Vienna. He criticized Israel for refusing to agree to nuclear disarmament in the Middle East. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied having nuclear weapons. However, it is widely believed to have such weapons. The head of Israel's Atomic Energy Commission said on Tuesday that Israel is not the only state not to have signed the treaty and has received unfair attention.

A report by 3 United Nations appointed human rights experts says Israeli forces violated international law when they raided a group of ships bringing aid to Gaza. Israeli forces killed 9 activists on the ships during the attack in May. The UN human rights council's investigators said Israel's blockade of Gaza was unlawful because of the humanitarian crisis there. It described the Israeli attack as excessively violent and without reason. Israel says its soldiers acted in self-defense when they shot and killed 8 Turkish activists and one Turkish-American on one of the ships.

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

President Obama has told UN leaders that the United States is redefining how it helps other countries meet development goals. At least 12 people in Iran have been killed in a bombing during a military march. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed agreements with Honduras and El Salvador to help strengthen economic development in those countries.

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

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