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WORLD NEWS - Sep 25th, 2011

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Here is the news in VOA Special English. I’m Christopher Cruise reporting from the VOA news center in Washington.

Two American hikers released by Iran earlier this week will return to the United States on Sunday. Iranian authorities released Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer on Wednesday after a payment of 1 million dollars was made. The 2 had spent more than 2 years in prison on spying charges. After their release they flew to Oman where they spent 3 days with family members. They were detained in July 2009 along the Iran-Iraq border and charged with illegally crossing into Iran. They have always said that if they crossed the unmarked border into Iran it was by mistake.

At least 40 people were killed in Yemen’s capital Sana’a on Saturday. They died in clashes between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and student protesters. The clashes happened the day after the president unexpectedly returned to the country from Saudi Arabia and called for a truth.

The Palestinian foreign minister has criticized a new proposal to restart peace talks with Israel. Riyad al-Malki said the plan from the group known as the Middle East Quartet does not require Israel to stop building settlements. He also said it dose not call for Israel to withdraw to the borders in place before Israel took control of Palestinian territories in 1967. Mr. al-Malki commented the day after Palestinians asked for recognition of a Palestinian state by the United Nations.

New leaders of Libya and Egypt have made their first speeches before the United Nations General Assembly. Libyan National Transitional Council leader Mahmud Jibril and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr spoke to the General Assembly on Saturday. Mr. Jibril called on the international community to end all restrictions against his country. He said a new Libya is coming to life as a nation that supports democracy and equality. He said Libya wants to rejoin the international community. Mr. Amr told the delegates he represents Egypt in a new time and with a new face. He praised the people of Egypt for ousting longtime President Hosni Mubarak in February. He says the people fought for their belief in democratic reforms for human rights and for freedom.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

The United States Treasury Secretary has warned financial officials in Europe that they must act now to stop the European debt crisis from spreading. Timothy Geithner spoke to leaders of the International Monetary Fund on Saturday in Washington. He said European governments must work closely with the European central bank to prevent any country from failing to pay its debt. Mr. Geithner called government debt and band debt in Europe the biggest threats to the world economy.

In Libya, National Transitional Council fighters are battling well-armed supporters of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. The NTC fighters are trying to gain control of Mr. Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte. On Saturday, the fighters pushed into the town center where they faced strong resistance from pro-Gaddafi forces. The NTC fighters are also trying to gain control of Bani Walid, a desert town that is among the few remaining towns that Gaddafi’s supporters still control.

Few voters marked ballots Saturday in the Gulf nations of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. In Bahrain, the Shiite opposition refused to participate in parliamentary elections to fill 18 seats. The seats were left open when Shiite lawmakers in the Wefaq party left their seats in protest of the government’s attacks on pro-democracy demonstrators. Witnesses in Bahrain said voter participation was very light on Saturday. But the nation’s prime minister reportedly said the voter participation was huge. In the UAE, voters chosen by the Emirates rulers marked ballots to elect half of the members of a national advisory council.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization says a combined Afghan and coalition security force has killed 6 militants during a security operation in the north. NATO said the 6 militants were killed in the Chahar Bolak district of Balkh province. The alliance said one of the 6 was a Taliban leader who was responsible for attacks on aircraft in the area.

The United States space agency says pieces of a non-operational satellite have fallen back to Earth over the Pacific Ocean. NASA says it may never be known exactly when or where the pieces of the satellite fell. But it is most likely at the bottom of the Ocean. The parts could be spread along the path more than 800 kilometers long.

And finally this hour, the Dalai Lama says he will decide when he is about 90 years old whether he should be reincarnated. Tibetan Buddhists traditionally believe in the return in another body of a person who has died. The Dalai Lama is Tibet’s spiritual leader. In a statement Saturday, he said that when he is 90 years old he will meet with the high lamas of Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He will also talk with the Tibetan public and others who follow Tibetan Buddhism. He said that together they will decide if what he calls the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue. They will decide if there is a need for a 15th Dalai Lama to be recognized. The 14th Dalai Lama is now 76 years old. He said China should not be included in the talks to decide if he should be reincarnated. The Chinese government says Tibet is part of China.

Now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour in VOA Special English.

Two American hikers released by Iran earlier this week will return to the United States on Sunday. At least 40 people were killed in Yemen’s capital Sana’a on Saturday in clashes between forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and student protesters. And in Libya, National Transitional Council fighters are battling well-armed supporters of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in Mr. Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte.

Here is news anytime at voanews.com. That’s the news in Special English. I’m Christopher Cruise in Washington.

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