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WORLD NEWS --- Sep 28th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS --- Sep 28th, 2010

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

Israel's decision to end its ban on new settlement building in the West Bank has brought international condemnation and caused to keep the peace talks alive. An American State Department official said the United States regrets that Israel did not extend its 10-month ban on Jewish settlement building. He said diplomat George Mitchell will return to the Middle East this week for talks on, what he called, the "dilemma" brought about by the end of the ban. Also on Monday, France President Nicolas Sarkozy met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris. Mr. Sarkozy invited the Palestinian leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to continue negotiations there next month. Mr. Abbas said there will be no quick decision on whether to continue or pull out of talks with Israel.

Palestinian officials in the Gaza Strip say an Israeli air attack killed 3 gunmen belonging to the militant group Islamic Jihad. Palestinian medical workers said Monday that they recovered 3 bodies from an area close to a refugee camp near the Israeli border. An Israeli military official confirmed the attack. She said the target was a group of militants who were preparing to fire a rocket toward Israel.

In Pakistan, the government has strongly protested 2 recent strikes by NATO helicopter pilots on Pakistani territory. The strikes took place last Friday and Saturday. United Nations officials say the attacks killed and left about 24 militants. The government says the incidents violate Pakistan's independence and UN rules for the international coalition fighting in Afghanistan. NATO says the cross-border attacks fell within agree upon rules of engagement. The Pakistan declares there are no rules that permit border-crossings.

Afghan and NATO forces are launching a new offensive against Taliban fighters around the southern city of Kandahar. Operation Dragon Strike is an air-and-ground operation. A NATO spokesman says the goal is to destroy Taliban positions around Kandahar and force Taliban fighters to leave the area or be killed.

North Korean media say Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of ruler Kim Jong-il has been named a general. The Korean central news agency announced the appointment just hours before the ruling party holds its largest meeting in 30 years. Some observers have said the meeting will prepare for a change of leadership from Kim Jong-il to Kim Jong-un. The news agency also reported the appointment of Kim Kyong-hui as a general. Kim Kyong-hui is the name of the North Korean leader's sister.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

In Venezuela, the ruling Social Party of President Hugo Chavez won parliamentary elections as expected. But the party failed to win the 2/3 majority needed to control all legislative opposition. The political opposition declared Monday that the election was a setback for Mr. Chavez. Official results show Socialist Party candidates won at least 94 seats in the 165-member National Assembly. An opposition coalition won 61 seats and a party that broke with the social lists won 2 others. 8 seats have yet to be decided.

Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha is asking the United Nations to forgive his country's 38-billion-dollar debt. He asked UN members Monday to act before the vote in January on independence for southern Sudan. Mr. Taha told the General Assembly that forgiving the debt would help fight actions, he says, lead to disagreements and conflicts. He urged the UN members to consider Sudan under the debt forgiveness rules they have had for the world's least developed countries. A Sudanese government minister says the government might reject the results of a planned vote on independence for southern Sudan. Youth and sports minister Haj Majid Suwar accused the south's army of moving out of areas set assigned for them under a peace agreement. He told reporters the south must withdraw its forces from all disputed areas and let supporters of a unified Sudan campaign freely. Or, he said, the government may choose not to recognize the results of the vote. Instead, he said it might take the issue to the United Nations, the United States and the African Union.

The International Monetary Fund says it is lending more than 350 million dollars to Angola. IMF Deputy Managing Director Murilo Portugal said the economy in Angola continues to improve and that reforms are starting to produce fruit. The payment is part of a 1.4 billion dollar loan to Angola. The IMF approved the loan last year. It is meant to help the African country deal with a drop in oil prices and the world's economic recession.

The Obama administration is proposing closer inspection of money moving in and out of the United States. Proposed rules would require on American banks to report all electronic money transfers. Current rules require that financial businesses report transfers involving more than 10,000 dollars. Supporters of the new rules say they would have helped American officials follow the hijackers responsible for the September 11th, 2001 attacks. The hijackers received 130,000 dollars from overseas in a series of transfers. Critics say the administration should show some evidence of criminal activity before officials are permitted to see private financial information of individuals and companies.

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

Israel's decision to end its ban on new settlement building in the West Bank has brought international condemnation and caused to keep the peace talks alive. In Pakistan, the government has strongly protested 2 recent strikes by NATO helicopter pilots on Pakistani territory. And in Venezuela, the ruling Social Party of President Hugo Chavez won parliamentary elections as expected, but failed to won the 2/3 majority needed to control all legislative opposition.

That's the news in Special English.

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