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WORLD NEWS - January 21st, 2010

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WORLD NEWS – January 21st, 2010

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It is 1:30 universal time, and here is the news in Special English.

Another earthquake has struck Haiti. The earthquake shocked buildings causing some to collapse, but there were no reports of injuries. The quake Wednesday measured 5.9. American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said officials are closely watching conditions after the second quake, and estimated 200,000 people have died. President Obama told American television that the United States cannot afford to ignore the trouble in Haiti. The United States plans to send about 14,000 troops to help Haiti recover from the 7.0 earthquake last week. But the President said he does not want aid efforts to appear as if the United States is taking over Haiti.

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she has seen no sign of Haitians leaving their country. She noted Wednesday that the Obama Administration has afford a temporary pardon to Haitians who are in the United States illegally. The pardon only affects Haitians in the country before the earthquake struck last week. She estimate 200,000 Haitians will gain from the offer. The measure delays return of Haitians to their home country for 18 months and lets them work in the United States. But officials warn that it is both illegal and dangerous for Haitians to try to leave their country now. Mr. Clinton also announces that agencies are working to speed the adoption of Haitian children by American families. The State Department says 146 Haitian children have been taken to the United States for planed adoptions.

President Obama has urged Democrats in the Senate to wait for the newly elected Senator for Massachusetts to be seated before moving ahead with healthcare reform. Republican Scott Brown won a special Senate election Tuesday. He will become the 41st Republican in 100-member Senate. That gives his party the power to block or delay bills supported by the Democrats. Mr. Brown opposed the President's healthcare reform legislation during his campaign.

At least 23 people are confirmed dead as a result of fighting among prisoners at a jail in northern Mexico. The reason for the clashes at a jail in the State of Durango was not clear. Some reports say they involve members of competing groups. Last year 19 prisoners were killed at another jail in Durango in a fight blamed on competing groups.

In Yemen the military says its fighter airplanes have attack the home of a suspected leader of the group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemeni forces carried out airstrikes against the home of Ayed al-Shabwani in Maarib province. Reports say the suspected al-Qaeda leader survived. But witnesses say some people were killed in the raids. The witnesses reported that villagers used anti-aircraft guns to fire at the attacking planes. Yemen has increased operations against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. They took the action after the al-Qaeda group claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing of an American airplane last month.

You're listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Afghan and United States officials have approved a plan to increase the sizes of Afghanistan's police and military forces. The plan calls for expanding the number of army troops to 172,000 by the end of next year. That would increase the number by about 70,000. The plan also calls for increasing the number of Afghan police officers to 134,000, and increase of 40,000.

Microsoft has announced computer software that fixes an old version of its Internet Explore web browser. The software can block internet spies based in China from attacking Google and other companies. Microsoft says the software will be released Thursday. The company says it fixes weaknesses in the browser that permits attacks. Last week Google said some of its users were the target of high level internet attacks from China. Several other companies reported similar problems.

A new reports says the level of economic freedom around the world has decreased as governments spend to support their national economies. The yearly Index of Economic Freedom was released Wednesday. The index measures free market capitalism in the economies of nations around the world. The United States dropped to 8th on the list because the government spent heavily to support the economy during the financial crisis. Hong Kong was rated the freest while North Korea was the most repressed economy. The American policy group the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal Newspaper published the report.

The International Atomic Energy Agency says a proposal for Iran to send uranium to other countries for enrichment is still opened. A spokeswoman for the United Nations Agency says, the proposal is in her words "still on the table". France, Russia, and the United States support the deal. Under the proposal Iran would send its uranium to France and Russia for processing. The United States and other powers believe Iran is in the process of enriching uranium to develop a nuclear weapon.

A human rights group says rights activists are facing severe treatment in countries with records of abuse. In this yearly report Human Rights Watch said activists around the world have been detained and sometimes killed. Director Kenneth Roth says abusive governments are reacting to the growing ability of activists to act in support of victims. The report says attacks on rights observers are not limited to none democratic governments like Burma and China. It says democratic countries faced with rebellions have also experienced and increase in the armed attacks on right workers.

Here again is the major news. Another earthquake struck Haiti Wednesday. But there are no reports of injuries. President Obama has urged Democrats in the Senate to wait for a newly elected Senator to be seated before moving ahead with healthcare reform. And at least 23 people are confirmed dead as a result of fighting among prisoners at a jail in northern Mexico.

That's the news in VOA Special English, coming to you from Washington.

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