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WORLD NEWS - 00:30 UTC, November 12th, 13th,14th 2010

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WORLD NEWS - 00:30 UTC, November 12th, 2010

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

Pakistani officials say a powerful bomb has killed at least 18 people in the city of Karachi. More than 115 people including children were wounded in the attack. Officials said militants began firing weapons near a police building before exploding the bomb. The explosion destroyed the headquarters of the office of Crime Investigation Department. The force of the explosion damaged several other buildings and vehicles in a high security area in Pakistan's largest city. The Pakistani Taliban took responsibility for the attack.

Iraq's president has asked Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to remain in his position and form a new government. But a dispute in parliament on a new power-sharing agreement has caused the Sunni-supported opposition to walk out of the negotiations. Iraqi lawmakers have voted to keep Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani in the position of president. He has asked Mr. Maliki to return to office for another 4-year term [who is 30 days] who has 30 days to form a Cabinet. Earlier Osama al-Nujaifi was named speaker of parliament, he is part of the Sunni-supported Iraqiya coalition. But he and other members walked out of parliamentary meetings to protest the rejection of a series of their demands. Mr. Nujaifi later returned.

Leaders of the Group of 20 major economic powers have opened meetings in South Korea. The G20 leaders had a working dinner Thursday at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. They were to meet again Friday for the final day of the meeting. Before the dinner, President Obama said he believes that the leaders can find a way to guarantee balanced and continued economic growth. However, G20 countries remain divided about the issue of trade imbalances. The imbalances have produced huge surpluses in countries like China and Germany, but a huge trade deficit in the United States.

The political party supported by Burma's military rulers has won a majority of seats in both houses of parliament in the nation's first election since 1990. The result was widely expected. Leaders of western countries and rights groups said last Sunday's election was not free or fair. They said the election was an effort to make military rule seem like civilian leadership. The military's political party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party won a big majority in areas announcing results so far.

The wife of a jailed Chinese activist is closing her children's AIDS group because of what she calls abuse by tax officials. Zeng Jinyan said tax officials were repeatedly inspecting her organization. Ms. Zeng's group supported efforts to help children suffering from AIDS and children who have lost their parents to the disease. Ms. Zeng is the wife of activist Hu Jia, who was jailed in 2008 on charges of subversion. She had pressed officials to deal more openedly with AIDS.

You are listing to the news in VOA Special English.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have begun talks about Mideast peace efforts. Secretary Clinton said she and the Israeli leader would discuss every thing during their meeting in New York City. Mr. Netanyahu said he is seeking ways to restart negotiations with Palestinians and get what he called a historic agreement. Ms. Clinton said Wednesday that Israel's plan announced this week to build 1,300 new homes in East Jerusalem was not productive. Direct talks between Israels and Palestinians were last held in September.

The leader of the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah says the group will "cut the hand" of anyone who tries to arrest its members. Hezbollah's chief Hassan Nasrallah spoke Thursday. He said Hezbollah will not accept accusations against its fighters or leaders. The group has been accused of involvement in the killing of former Lebanese prime minster Rafik Hariri in 2005. Media reports say Hezbollah members could soon be charged. The United Nations is leading an international investigation of the killing.

Hundreds of people have protested in Moscow against the government's answer to a series of attacks on journalists. An estimated 400-500 people Joined a demonstration in Moscow's Pushkin Square, no arrests were made. Last week, reporter Oleg Kashin was attacked. The incident was videoed and has received wide attention. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the country's top lawyer to oversee the investigation. Also Thursday Russia reopened a criminal investigation of the severe beating of reporter Mikhail Beketov. Eight reporters have been killed in Russia this year. Only one case has resulted in an arrest.

Health officials in Haiti say 724 people have died in an outbreak of cholera. The Health Ministry reports hospitals have treated more than 11,000 people with the disease since the outbreak began last month. A United Nations official in Haiti says cholera continues to spread. But he said fast action by the government and international health groups has saved lives. Health workers are concerned that cholera will spread quickly in the capital Port-au-Prince where conditions are crowded. One death and over 170 cases have been reported in the capital so far.

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

Pakistani officials say a powerful bomb has killed at least 18 people and injured over 100 in the city of Karachi. Iraq's President has asked Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to remain in his position and to form a new government. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have begun talks about Mideast peace efforts.

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

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It is now 00:30 universal time and here is the news in Special English from the Voice of America. I'm Robert Cohen in Washington.

Burma's military government appears to be close to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. Government officials told the French news agency Friday that they were sure she would be freed, but the officials did not give a time. The vice-chairman of her banned National League for Democracy party, said he was told that her release order have been signed.

Asian and Pacific leaders meet in Japan Saturday for talks on easing trade restrictions in the area. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting is taking place in the port of Yokohama. It follows talks in South Korea among leaders of the group of 20 major economies. The Asian and Pacific leaders are expected to discuss trade balances and money issues during the meeting. President Obama is expected to urge for a fair trade agreement that would cut import taxes for nine countries. The United States failed to reach a free trade agreement with South Korea during the G20 summit. It also could not get China to ease restrictions on the value of its money.

The United Nations has accused North Korea of providing banned nuclear and ballistic missile equipment to Burma, Iran and Syria. U.N. experts made the accusation in a report released this week. Diplomats said the report was ready 6 months ago, however, they said China blocked its publication. The report called for international efforts to stop North Korea from sharing its nuclear and missile-related equipment and technology. It also urged an investigation of how North Korea has been able to avoid U.N. measures banning them.

The European Union has accepted an Iranian proposal for a December 5 meeting to discuss the country's nuclear program. However the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton rejected an Iranian suggestion to hold the talks in Turkey. The EU wants the talks to be held instead in Austria or Switzerland. Ms. Ashton has been negotiating with Iran as a representative of the 5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany. Her office says she agreed Friday to hold the talks after discussions with the group.

President Obama says the new coalition government in Iraq will be representative, inclusive and demonstrate the will of the Iraqi people. Mr. Obama said the country's power-sharing agreement marks another important step for modern Iraq. He spoke to reporters Friday in South Korea. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also praised the agreement. Mr. Ban said it will serve the interest of the Iraqi people. Iraqi leaders agreed to the deal Wednesday. Under the plan Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will stay in power for another 4-year term. A member of the Sunni-supported Iraqiya coalition will hold the job of parliament speaker. And Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani will remain Iraq's president.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Doctors have told King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to rest after he hurt his back. King Abdullah is suffering from what doctors are calling a herniated disc in the spinal cord. A herniated disc causes severe pain but is not life-threatening. It is treated with rest and physical exercise. King Abdullah has not been active in the government since June. Saudi officials have not given a clear reason for his inactivity.

Greek forces seized a ship with pro-Palestinian activists on Friday. The activists say they were being held captive by the ship's captain. However, a spokeswoman for the Greek company operating the ship said the activists had entered the ship illegally. The company said the captain had feared the activists would force the ship to sail to the Gaza Strip. He believed they wanted to violate an Israeli blockade of Gaza. On Thursday the ship suddenly left Libia with only 10 aid workers. A larger group of aid workers were planning to take aid to Gaza through Egypt. The ship is now in the Greek port of Piraeus.

A judge in the American state of Tennessee has sentenced a former university student to one year and a day in detention. 22-year-old David Kernell was found guilty in April of illegally opening the e-mail of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. District Judge Thomas Phillips suggested Friday that Kernell serve his time in a treatment center instead of a prison. However, he said the decision could be changed by the federal Bureau of Prisons. He also said Kernell must report to a court officer for the next 3 years. The former student told the court he will feel guilty for his actions for the rest of his life. He was accused of getting entry to Ms. Palin's e-mail in 2008.

Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki has died. He was 76 years old. Polish Radio's National Symphony Orchestra said he had been sick for a time. Mr. Gorecki was best known for his "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs". The musical work is about war and loss. It includes a message written by a young Polish woman on the wall of a prison during World War II.

Briefly here again is the major news of the hour.

Burma's military rulers appear to be close to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. The European Union has accepted an Iranian proposal for a December 5 meeting to discuss the country's nuclear program. And President Obama says the new coalition government in Iraq will be representative, inclusive and demonstrate the will of the Iraqi people. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki remains in power for another 4 years.

From Washington, that's the news in VOA Special English.

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It is 00:30 universal time. I'm [] in Washington.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi walked free Saturday to the welcome of thousands of her supporters and the praise of world leaders. She smiled and waved to the crowd outside her lakeside home in Rangoon. Many of her supporters wore clothing with her picture and the words "We Stand with Aung San Suu Kyi". She urged the crowd to work in unity to gain the goal of democracy. She also called for the people to come to her political headquarters on Sunday to hear her speak.

World leaders are praising the new freedom of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, she was released Saturday from house arrest in Rangoon. President Obama said Aung San Suu Kyi is a hero of his. He said she should have been freed long ago. He called on Burma to release all of its 2,200 political prisoners. Burma's military rulers have detained Aung San Suu Kyi for 15 of the last 21 years. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa said she was an example to the world of moral bravery. The retired clergyman had a group of retired world leaders called the Elders. British Prime Minister David Cameron and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also praised Aung San Suu Kyi. China had no immediate answer to her release.

President Obama is campaigning for the United States trade plans. Mr. Obama is meeting with other leaders of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation in Yokohama, Japan. Saturday is the first day of the APEC meeting. President Obama told the EPAC leaders that 70 percent of American exports go to Asia. He said the expected economic growth in Asia could lead to competition that can help both Americans and Asians. Mr. Obama said the economic success of the United States is linked to Asian economic success.

Police in Bangladesh beat back hundreds of protestors in the capital Dhaka on Saturday. Protestors were trying to prevent officials from removing former prime minister Khaleda Zia from her home in the city. Ms. Zia leads the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. She said the police forced her from her home but defense officials said she left the home to obey a court order. Hundreds of activists set fire to vehicles and attacked police near the party headquarters. Fighting also broke out near Ms. Zia's house where she has left for almost 30 years. The government owns the home and the government of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants the land where the house stands for families of army officers who have died.

Iraqi lawmakers have approved a political deal to form a new government. Lawmakers approved the plan during a Saturday meeting of parliament. They agreed to meet again November 21. Earlier Saturday Iraqiya members said they would support the plan. However, on Tuesday Iraqiya lawmakers walked out of a parliament's meeting. Their spokesman said Saturday that the incident was a misunderstanding.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has accepted the resignation of the Prime Minister and his government. Mr. Sarkozy acted before expected changes in the Cabinet. The French president's office released the statement on Saturday. The statement said his acceptance ends the duties of Prime Minister Francois Fillon and clears the way for Mr. Sarkozy to appoint new Cabinet members. But political observers say it is possible that Mr. Fillon could be asked to return as prime minister in the new government.

In Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says he will seek a vote of support from lawmakers. But he said he would not ask for the vote until Parliament approves the 2011 budget. The Prime Minister commented in a letter Saturday to the speakers of the upper and lower houses of Parliament. Mr. Berlusconi wrote that the government plans to learn if it still has the support of the Senate and the lower Chamber of Deputies, immediately after the budget is approved. He said he decided on the vote because several ministers plan to resign next week. Those ministers support Gianfranco Fini, a political opponent of Mr. Berlusconi.

A series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan killed 17 people on Saturday, 3 of those killed were soldiers. Officials say a motorcycle bomb killed 8 people in a market in the Kunduz area, several other were wounded. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the market attack in the north. In eastern Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked an observation station at the Jalalabad city airport. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization says its troops answered the attack and killed 6 militants. NATO also reports that 3 of its soldiers died in a militant attack in southern Afghanistan.

Briefly here again is the major news of the hour.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi walked free Saturday to the welcome of thousands of supporters and praise of world leaders. In late news the government of French Prime Minister Francois Fillon resigned Saturday. The move lets President Nicolas Sarkozy make changes to the Cabinet. And in Italy, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says he will seek a vote no confident.

That's the news in VOA Special English. I am [] reporting today from Washington.

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