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WORLD NEWS - 00:30 UTC, May 9, 2006


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It is zero hours thirty Universal Time, I'm Jim Tedder in Washington.

The United States Defense Department has decided to delay the planned deployment of more than 3,000 troops to Iraq. A spokesman said the American commander in Iraq made the decision because of the security and political situation there. He said no troop reduction will take place at this time. The group that was supposed to be deployed is in Germany. It was to have started moving to Iraq in the coming days and replace a group that is to leave in July.

In Iraq, new violence has killed at least 13 people. Officials also report finding the bodies of 5 kidnapped victims, two reporters and three police officers.

The Defense Department says United States air attacks in Afghanistan have killed at least 4 suspected Taliban fighters near the border with Pakistan. An American military spokesman said the air attacks were launched after United States and Afghan forces saw militants putting rockets in a truck. He said satellite pictures show that the missile landed in Afghanistan near the Pakistani border. He said coalition forces were speaking directly to the Pakistanis during the operation. Pakistani officials say the attack took place inside Pakistan and wounded 3 civilians.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has dismissed the surprised letter to President Bush from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She says, it says nothing about issues of concern to the United States. She told reporters the letter is about 18 pages long, and talks about history, philosophy, and religion. She says it is not the place to find a diplomatic opening to discuss the nuclear question with Iran. Ms Rice is in New York meeting with other diplomats from the permenment United Nations Security Council members. They are discussing possible restrictions against Iran. The United States suspects Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon; Iran denies this. China and Russia say they will veto restrictions on any move that threatens military force against Iran.

Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must know that Iran can be destroyed. Mr. Peres was commenting on an earlier statement by the Iranian President that Israel should be destroyed. He told reporters Israel would defend itself under any condition. Mr. Peres said Iran is not just a threat to Israel but also a danger to the whole world. He warned of a world arms race if Iran builds a nuclear weapon. He also said some bombs could fall into the hands of terrorists. And he called on the United Nations Security Council to act.

A group of Asian lawmakers has called on the United Nations Security Council to do something about Burma's treatment of its Karen people. The lawmakers are members of a group within the association of southeastern Asian nations. They condemned what they called Burmese aggression against the Karen. Reports say Burmese soldiers have forced about 11,000 Karen from their villages in recent weeks. The lawmakers say those attacks were meant to clear the Karen out of the area around the new Burmese capital. They say the UN must carry out its responsibility and act against those taking part in the attacks. The Karen is one of Burma's main ethnic groups. The group has been fighting for independence for more than 50 years.

Two Australian miners have walked out of a mine in which they had been trapped since April 25th. Rescue workers say the two men were in good condition after being trapped in Beaconsfield Gold Mine on the southern island of Tasmania. The miners were trapped in a steel cage more than one-kilometer underground after an earthquake sent rocks into the mine. Rescue teams have been supplying them with food and drink in recent days.

China has asked Albania to surrender 5 Chinese Muslims who are seeking protection after being released from an American prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A statement from China's ambassador to Albania accused the five of belonging to a terrorist group. Albanian officials have said they are considering the requests from the five Chinese who are ethnic Uigurs. The five arrived in Albania on Friday after American officials found they were not a threat to the United States. American officials said the Uigurs could not be sent back to China because they would be in danger there. China's government has accused Muslim Uigur separatists of several terrorist attacks in the past 20 years. Human rights groups have criticized China for repressing the ethnic group.

President Bush says he is asking congress for 225,000,000 dollars in emergency food aid for the Darfur area of Sudan. He spoke on an American television broadcast. Mr. Bush also said he is sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday. He said she will urge members to deploy UN peacekeepers in Darfur more quickly. And Mr. Bush said he has asked Sudanese President Omar al Bashir to express clear support for the UN force.

President Bush has nominated Air Force General Michael Hayden to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Bush said General Hayden has more than 20 years of experience in the area of intelligence. He said General Hayden will enforce the policies of secrecy and responsibility necessary for national security. General Hayden cannot take the office unless the United States senate approves.

And now briefly here again is the major news of the hour in Special English. The United States will delay the planned deployment of more than 3,000 troops to Iraq. The United States says air attacks in Afghanistan have killed at least 4 suspected Taliban fighters near the border with Pakistan. And Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has dismissed the letter to President Bush from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And that's the news in VOA Special English from Washington. This is Jim Tedder reporting.

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