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WORLD NEWS - Sep 28th, 2011

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

The Prime Minister of Pakistan is warning the United States to stop accusing Pakistan of supporting militant attacks in Afghanistan. Yousuf Raza Gilani says the accusations will only strengthen anti-American feelings in his country. Mr. Gilani made the comments to the Reuters news agency. He also said American military action to find Haqqani militants in Pakistan would disrespect its laws. Mr. Gilani’s statement came a day after the Pakistani military said it would not target the Haqqani organization. The military said it was already fighting too many other rebel groups.

Pakistan says it will take stronger measures to stop ethnic Uighur militants from using Pakistan’s territory to organize attacks on China. China accuses the Uyghurs of terrorist activity and blames them for deadly attacks in its western area. The Pakistani interior minister made the promise during a meeting with Chinese public security minister Meng Jianzhu. Mr. Meng was visiting Pakistan to talk about improving cooperation between the 2 countries to stop crime. Mr. Meng said China will give Pakistan over 1 million dollars more in aid to improve its police and other security agencies.

Fighters for Libya’s new government and leaders from the tribe of Muammar Gaddafi are attempting to negotiate a truce. The agreement would permit safe passage for families seeking to leave the city of Sirte, which is Mr. Gaddafi’s hometown. A commander for the National Transitional Council says the 2 sides are working on a plan so that the remaining families could leave. He said his fighters are also attempting to negotiate a ceasefire in Sirte. NTC fighters have surrounded the city; it is one of the last remaining centers of support for Libya’s former leader.

Israel is moving forward with a plan to build over 1,000 new homes for Jews in east Jerusalem. The Israeli government has said building could begin after a 60-day public comment period when objections may be raised. Palestinian leaders want the land in east Jerusalem as part of a future state. American and European officials also criticize the Israeli building plan. They argue that it could harm efforts to restart peace talks between Israel and Palestinians. The peace talks collapsed last year after Israel ended its ban on building projects in the West Bank.

Syrian forces have raided at least 2 towns in a continuing campaign against government opponents. Rights activists say at least 20 people were injured in Rastan after security forces with tanks entered the town. There have been many protests in the area against the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Also, the Syrian observatory for human rights says at least 2 people were killed after government forces entered a town in the north.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Kosovo Serbs clashed with NATO peacekeepers at a Kosovo-Serbia border crossing. The area has been tense for weeks. Four peacekeepers were wounded when protesters threw small bombs at them. The soldiers fired rubber bullets and teargas in reaction. They wounded at least 7 Serbs. One Serb was shot when he tried to steal a weapon from a peacekeeper. Serbian President Boris Tadic condemned the violence. He said peacekeepers are there to defend civilians not fight with them. But an official for the European Union in Kosovo says violence against peacekeepers is not acceptable.

The Greek parliament has approved a new property tax. The move is part of an effort to show international creditors that Greece is serious about cutting budget deficits. The new tax was announced earlier this month. It deeply angered Greeks who also face cuts in wages and retirement pay and other tax increases. Greece plans to collect the tax on electric bills. Earlier Prime Minister George Papandreou said he is sure that his country will meet the requirements of international investors. The Greek leader was to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Tuesday night to discuss his country’s debt crisis.

Indian officials say a low building has collapsed in the walled city of Delhi. The collapse killed at least 5 people. Rescuers are trying to reach at least 20 others believed to be trapped in the wreckage. Officials say work on a building nearby probably caused the collapse. The mayor of Delhi promised to investigate the accident.

Saudi activists say a court in Jeddah has sentenced a Saudi woman to 10 blows from a whip for violating a ban on women driving. No written law in Saudi Arabia bars women from driving, only religious orders or fatwas. The orders come from a very conservative form of Islam called Wahabism. The sentencing comes 2 days after Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah announced that women will have the right to vote and compete in local elections. The right is to start in 2015.

The lawyer for the doctor on trial for the death of Michael Jackson says the singer caused his own death. Dr. Conrad Murray is accused of giving a powerful drug to Michael Jackson and then failing to watch the singer’s health carefully. But the lawyer Edward Chernoff told the jury that Dr. Murray had refused to give the drug to the singer. He also said that Michael Jackson took the drug purposeful himself but took too much and died quickly. The lawyer said Mr. Jackson did not even have time to close his eyes.

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

The Prime Minister of Pakistan is warning the United States to stop accusing Pakistan of supporting militant attacks in Afghanistan. Fighters for Libya’s new government and supporters of Muammar Gaddafi are attempting to negotiate a truce in the city of Sirte. And Israel is moving forward with a plan to build over 1,000 new homes for Jews in east Jerusalem.

T hat’s the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

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