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WORLD NEWS - 00:30 UTC, January 13th, 2011

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

Lebanon’s coalition government collapsed Wednesday as members of the Hezbollah Party and its allies announced they were resigning from the cabinet. 11 of the 30 cabinet members resigned to protest United Nations supported investigation. The investigation involves the 2005 killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The resignations took place as his son, now Prime Minister Saad Hariri, met with President Obama in Washington. The Obama administration says during their meeting the president discussed the importance of the UN investigation. He said it would help end a period in which political murders in Lebanon have gone without punishment.

American Vice President Joe Biden has urged Pakistan’s leaders to fight growing religious extremism. Mr. Biden spoke Wednesday in Islamabad after talk with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani and Army Chief Ashfaq Kayani. Mr. Biden said the United States is not the enemy of Islam. He said the United States supports Muslims noting Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States. Mr. Biden also said that al-Qaeda terrorists are a threat to both Pakistan and the United States. He defended American efforts in Pakistan saying it is extremists not the United States who violate Pakistani independence. Mr. Biden also condemned the murder last week of the governor of Punjab province, Salman Taseer.

Witnesses in Ivory Coast report more fighting between forces loyal to current leader Laurent Gbagbo and supports of Alassane Ouattara. Mr. Ouattara is the internationally recognized winner of presidential elections in November. Mr. Gbagbo’s Interior Minister said at least 6 policemen were killed in Abidjan Wednesday. Several police cars were burned during heavy fighting early in the morning. Witnesses said at least 1 civilian was also killed. They reported hearing more gunfire at midday. The fighting has been in the cities of Abobo area which supports Mr. Ouattara. Late Wednesday, Mr. Gbagbo announced the area would be under a night curfew. The top army officer who has supported Mr. Gbagbo warned that security forces are ready to fight back.

America’s top military officer says coalition forces are making progress against the Taliban. But the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen also said there would be more violence in many parts of Afghanistan this year than in 2010. Admiral Mullen spoke to reporters in Washington Wednesday. He said the Taliban is a difficult enemy to defeat. Admiral Mullen also said militant shelters in Pakistan must be shut down for coalition forces to succeed in Afghanistan. And he said he was concerned about the growing of al-Qaeda threat in Yemen. He said the group there is trying to kill as many Americans and westerners as it can.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Haitians are observing the one year anniversary of the earthquake that killed 250 thousand people and left 1 million homeless. Many people were white clothing as they attended prayer service. The color white represents mourning in Haitian culture. A Catholic religious service took place in Port-au-Prince at a church that was destroyed by the earthquake. Haitians also observed a minute of silence in honor of those who died in the country’s most powerful earthquake in 2 centuries. At the United Nations headquarters in New York Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and others observed 47 seconds of silence. That is how long the earthquake lasted. He said 47 seconds is not a long time but the earthquake had created a never ending period of sadness.

President Obama and his wife Michelle have arrived in the southwestern state of Arizona. They are there to honor the victims of a shooting in which 6 people were killed by a gunman. The shooting took place Saturday in Tucson. President Obama will speak Wednesday night at a ceremony at the University of Arizona. He will also speak privately with family members of the victims. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head during the attack. She is still in the hospital. The doctor says she is becoming more responsive. Among those killed were a 9-year-old girl, a federal judge and an aide to Ms. Giffords.

A report from the United States Central Bank says the American economy has grown slightly in recent month. The Federal Reserve says manufacturing and buying have gained strength across much of the country. But the report also says the housing market remains weak. Another report said the country’s deficit shrank slightly in December as income rose faster than spending. But some experts say the government is still set to have a deficit while above 1 trillion dollars for the year.

Oil prices are increasing as oil stores in the United States fall and world demand rises. Experts say the price increase is a result of an American government report. It shows that stores of oil in the United States fell for the 6th week in a row. The improving world economy has also led to a new demand for energy supplies. The demand for oil throughout the world could reach a record this year of 88 million barrels a day.     

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

Lebanon’s coalition government collapsed Wednesday as members of the Hezbollah Party and its allies announced they were resigning from the cabinet. Witnesses in Ivory Coast report more fighting between forces loyal to current leader Laurent Gbagbo and supports of Alassane Ouattara. President Obama and his wife Michelle are in Arizona to honor the victims of a shooting in which 6 people were killed by a gunman.

And that’s the news in VOA Special English coming to you from Washington.

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