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WORLD NEWS --- Oct 7th, 2010

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WORLD NEWS --- Oct 7th, 2010

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

A group of American lawmakers is asking President Obama to urge Chinese President Hu Jintao to release 2 Chinese dissidents from prison. 30 members of the House of Representatives asked Mr. Obama to seek the release of Liu Xiaobo and Gao Zhisheng. Mr. Liu is an activist who works to support political freedom in China. He has been accused of inciting subversion and has been sentenced to 11 years in jail. Reports say Mr. Liu could be this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Price to be announced Friday. Gao Zhisheng is a lawyer known for defending cases involving ethnic minorities and religious freedom.

The International Monetary Fund says the world's economy will grow 4.8% this year with slower growth expected next year. IMF experts say developing countries are leading, what they call the fragile and uneven recovery from the recession. The experts are expecting the economies of developing countries to grow more than 7% this year. They expect wealthy nations to grow just 2.7%. The IMF's Chief economist Olivier Blanchard said the world economy is not likely to fall back into recession. However, he said the financial system still needs reforms. He urged wealthy nations to cut government deficits, increase private demand and expand exports. Mr. Blanchard spoke to reporters in Washington.

Former United Nations officials are urging the European Union to support an investigation into possible crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma. The United States and other countries have already supported the establishment of an investigation. The plan was proposed in March by Tomas Ojea Quintana. The UN special rapporteur for human rights in Burma. The investigation could lead to legal action by the international criminal court. Before Mr. Quintana, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro and Yozo Yokota held the UN human rights position. They described the human rights violations in Burma as severe and widespread.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Burma's military government to release political prisoners before next month national elections. r. Ban said Wednesday that he is continuing to appeal to Burma's government to make sure the elections are open and free. He says he has been telling this message to Asian leaders and will repeat it during a UN-ASEAN meeting. Burma is set to hold its first elections in 20 years on November 7th. The new legislature could include representatives who are critical of the government. But severe restrictions on opposition parties have limited the candidates permitted to run for office.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Administration officials say President Obama spoke to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Wednesday by telephone. Mr. Obama expressed American support for President Correa and democracy in Ecuador. He said resolving tensions in Ecuador must be done in a way that obeys the constitution. Last week, hundreds of police officers and soldiers in Ecuador demonstrated in the streets of Quito. They were protesting plans to cut additions to their wages. The protesters threw tear gas at President Correa while he tried to meet with them. He took shelter in a hospital where he was later rescued by Special Forces.  At least 5 people died in the violence.

The United States has apologized to Pakistan for a NATO helicopter raid that killed 2 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border. The commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, said coalition forces deeply regret the loss of life. He promised they would work more closely with the Pakistani military to make sure such an incident does not happen again. The United States ambassador to Pakistan also apologized for the soldiers' deaths. An investigation by Pakistan and NATO found that the attack could have been avoided with better communication between coalition forces and the Pakistani military. The raid took place last Thursday when NATO helicopters crossed Pakistan's border while chasing suspected militants.

Security officials in Tajikistan say at least 27 people were killed when a military helicopter carrying Special Forces unit crashed on Wednesday. One official said 20 members of the State National Security Committee and 7 army soldiers died in the crash in Rasht Valley. Members of the Tajik national guards were operating the helicopter. National guards’ officials confirmed only the deaths of 4 crew members in the crash. They described the crash as an accident caused by technical failure. Tajik arm forces launched an operation in the Rasht Valley last month. The move came after an attack on a military convoy killed 28 soldiers. The Al-Qaeda linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan claimed responsibility for the September attack.

The European Union is expressing concerns that a chemical spill in western Hungary could cause an environmental disaster in neighboring countries. An EU official told VOA the group fears the industrial waste will reach the Danube River and cross borders. If it does, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine could be affected.  Hungary's Environment Secretary says cleaning up the spill could take a year. Officials say 4 people are confirmed died because of the chemical spill at a metal factory in Ajkai. About 120 others were reported injured. Officials say several people are still missing.

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

A group of American lawmakers is asking President Obama to urge Chinese President Hu Jintao to release dissidents Liu Xiaobo and Gao Zhisheng from prison. The IMF says the world's economy will grow 4.8% this year. And President Obama has expressed American support for President Correa and democracy in Ecuador.

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

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