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WORLD NEWS - Feb 24th, 2012

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  1. It is one hour 30 universal time. Here is the news in Special English.
  2. Diplomats say a group of Western and Arab led nations may demand that Syria permits foreign humanitarian aid. Officials from more than 70 nations and international organizations are meeting in Tunis Friday to discuss conditions in Syria. The group of diplomats called Friends of Syria is likely to call on the Syrian president to stop attacks on the protesters so aid can be delivered. Tunisians presidential spokesman said Thursday. His government will suggest a peacekeeping force to resolve the crisis in Syria.
  3. A series of attacks on mostly Shiite Muslim targets across Iraq has killed at least 55 people. More than 225 others are reported wounded in the attacks. The attacks included bombings and shootings took place over several hours in Baghdad and 11 other cities. 10 separate explosions hit Baghdad's mainly Shiite areas in the early morning. Other attacks targeted police stations. People traveling to work and crowds in shopping areas. The Interior Ministry blamed the violence on the Islamic state of Iraq a group of Al Qaeda linked Sunni Muslim militants in Iraq. However, no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
  4. The United States is condemning reported Iranian plans to execute an Iranian Christian religious worker. And the Iranian court convicted * of leaving the Muslim faith. Mr. * became a Christian as a young man. Before his arrest, he left a 400 member Christian church. He was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death last year. Iranian website * News said Tuesday that court officials have ordered his execution. The website said the church leader can be executed at any moment. American officials said Thursday that Iran's actions against the Iranian Christian man violate its own constitution and values and its international responsibilities. They called on other nations to demand the prisoners immediately release.
  5. Afghanistan says it has received a letter from President Obama officially apologizing for the burning of the Koran by NATO troops. The letter was given to the office of Afghan president amid Karzai. In the letter, President Obama expressed his deep regret and offered his sincere apologies. He said those responsible for the burning would be punished. Separately, NATO said someone wearing Afghan army clothing shot and killed two coalition service members in eastern Afghanistan. The alliance said the service men were killed during one of the many protests over the burning. The shooting took place Thursday outside a coalition military base in Nangarhar province.
  6. You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.
  7. The former President of the Philippines has said she is not guilty of illegal election activities. Gloria Arroyo spoke after the trial began Thursday in Manila. The Philippine Commission on elections as accused Ms. Arroyo to helping her supporters in Congress when the 2007 elections. The commission said all 12 of the candidates she supported won easily in parts of the island of Mindanao. It is the first of several charges against charges President Benigno Aquino has brought against Ms. Arroyo.
  8. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will continue leading the country even as he goes to Cuba on Friday for medical treatment. Mr. Chavez spoke during a cabinet meeting that was broadcast on national television. He said he expects to have a medical operation early next week in Cuba. The operation will remove an area that may be cancer. Mr. Chavez did not say how long he will stay in Cuba he is seeking reelection later this year.
  9. World leaders have promised to help improve security in Somalia as they call him Somalis to form a strong government. The leaders met in Britain for an one-day conference on Somalia's future. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the current temporary government must be replaced when its term ends in August. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said that Somalia needs a new Constitution of a smaller parliament and elections for both Parliament and President before the August time limit. American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a security of Somali government and pressure on the militant group of Shaba. Somali Prime Minister Abdul Walid Mohammed Ali said the country welcomed air strikes against Al Qaeda, but not against civilians. In a statement of Shaba said it rejects any form of foreign intervention in Somalia.
  10. The American state of Maryland is moving closer to make same sex marriage legal. Seven other states and the District of Columbia currently permit same-sex marriages. The Maryland state senate approved a gay marriage bill on Thursday. The governor has promised to sign it into law. Opponents say they will appeal the issue and let voters decide how to define marriage in Maryland. And other states voters have decided against same-sex marriages. However, national opinion study shows that the public opinion maybe change.
  11. American basketball player Michael Jordan is disputing the use of his name by a Chinese company. Sports clothes and other items with Mr. Jordan's name and the number 23 of his former sports clothing are popular around the world. They earn Mr. Jordan millions of dollars. Now, Mr. Jordan has objected to a Chinese company called Jordan sports. Chinese name sounds like Mr. Jordan's name. He says the company has built its business around his name and uniform number. But Joe Dan said it is legally using that maybe . 
  12. And now here again is the major news. Diplomats say a group of Western and Arab led nations may demand that Syria or but foreign humanitarian aid. The United States is condemning reported Iranian plans to execute and the Iranian Christian religious worker. And in the Philippines former President, Gloria Arroyo's trial began Thursday. She says she is not guilty of election cheating. That's the news in VOA special English coming to you from Washington.

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