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WORLD NEWS - 01:30 UTC, January 11th, 2011

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It is one hour thirty Universal Time and here is the news in Special English.

The 22-year-old American accused of shooting 20 people while attempting to kill a member of congress made his first court appearance Monday. Jared Loughner had his hands and ankles tied as he entered a courtroom in Phoenix, Arizona. He is facing federal charges for the shooting. The suspect told the court he understands his rights. His court appearance comes 2 days after the attack in Tucson. 6 people were killed and 14 others injured. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was among those wounded.

President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy offered each other sympathy after citizens of both countries met violence deaths recently. Mr. Sarkozy spoke during a visit to the White House Monday. He said the French people are deeply moved by the tragedy in Arizona. Mr. Obama offered his sympathy to the French people over the kidnapping and murder of 2 French citizens in Niger. French officials say they are almost sure al-Qaeda linked militants are responsible for those killings. Mr. Sarkozy said France and the United States are allies in the fight against terrorism.

Sudanese officials say at least 36 people have been killed in 3 days of heavy fighting in the county’s disputed Abyei area. Leaders of 2 tribes treated accusations Monday about the continued fighting in oil-rich Abyei on Sudan’s north-south border. A United Nations spokesman says UN peacekeeping troops are expending their duties in Abyei. He said the UN is extremely concerned about the clashes and is attempting to confirm the number of dead. Separately, people in South Sudan continue to crowd voting centers to decide on possible independence for the South. Voting has been peaceful in most areas. The election continues through Saturday.

The Tunisian government has ordered the temporary closing of all schools and universities after clashes between protesters and police. The unrest has taken place mainly in several rural towns near Tunisia’s border with Algeria. Some observers say it is the result of unemployment and high food prices. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali appeared on national television Monday and promised to create tens of thousands of new jobs. He called the unrest a terrorist act.

Reports from Haiti say international observers will suggest that the country’s government supported candidate for president be barred from a runoff election. The reports discuss an unfinished document from the Organization of American States. The OAS sent a team to Haiti to confirm the vote count from Haiti’s presidential elections last November. The document was presented Monday to President Rene Preval. News reports said the OAS team found that correct election rules were not followed. And there reportedly was evidence that information on vote count sheets had been changed.        

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is rejecting the offer of a cease-fire from the Basque separatist group, ETA. The prime minister says the only choice for the group is to disarm and break up. He told Spanish television Monday that ETA’s offer is no good. And he said there is no question that in time the violence will stop. Earlier Monday, ETA called for a permanent cease-fire that could be internationally confirmed. The group said it is prepared to end armed resistance but it did not talk about breaking up or disarmed. In the past, ETA has declared cease-fires that did not last more than a few days or months.

A bomb killed a police chief and wounded 4 office guards Monday in western Iraq. Officials said the bomb exploded near several cars including one carrying Mohammed Faisal, the police chief in the town of Hit. The town is about 110 kilometers west of Bagdad. Police and other security officials are the main targets of militants as Iraqis struggle to create a new government.

China is permitting people who live in the eastern city of Wenzhou to invest directly overseas. They will be part of an experiment of program to help ease inflation. The Wenzhou Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau announced the program on its website. It said citizens of the city can invest up to 3 million dollars overseas each year in any one project or 200 million dollars a year.

South Korea has rejected a North Korean appeal for discussions between the two sides. South Korea described the appeal as an attempt to get more economic aid. North Korea had proposed that a working-level discussion take place on January 27th in Kaesong near the border with the South. The North said the talks could be a way to prepare for higher-level discussions between the Koreans.

In the United States a judge has sentenced former congressman Tom Delay to serve 3-5years in prison. The sentence was announced Monday at a court in Austin, Texas. Last year, a Texas court found Delay guilty of illegally giving 190 thousand dollars to several Republican Party candidates. His lawyers proposed that he be released and given a suspended sentence. The judge did, however, a great to their request for the former congressman’s temporary release from jail until his legal appeal is considered. Government lawyers say Delay could be free for months or even years as his appeal makes his way through the court system.               

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

The Arizona man accused of shooting 20 people while attempting to kill an American lawmaker made his first court appearance Monday. Sudanese officials say at least 36 people have been killed in 3 days of fighting in the Abyei area. And reports from Haiti say international observers will suggest that the government supported candidate for president be barred from a runoff election.

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

 

 

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