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WORLD NEWS - Sep 4th, 2012

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From Washington, here is the news in VOA Special English.

Syrian activists say a government air strike Monday killed at least 18 people in the northern town of al-Bab. The activists said women and children were among those killed. They said other people could be dead under the wreckage of damaged houses. Syrian activists also said a car bomb in Damascus killed five people. At least 27 others were wounded. Also the new international peace representative to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said on Monday that he faces an almost impossible job in trying to end Syria’s 18-month conflict.

A spokesman for President Obama says Israel and the United States are committed to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Jay Carney also said President Barrack Obama believes there is still time for diplomacy while pressuring Iran through restrictions. Mr. Carney spoke with VOA on Monday. His comments came after an Israeli newspaper report. It said the Obama Administration had sent word to Iran that it would not be dragged into a war if Israel attacks Iran. The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday that the United States sent Iran a massage through two unidentified European nations.

The credit rating agency Moodi’s Investors Service lowered its rating outlook for the European Union on Monday. Moodi’s lowered the EU rating from stable to negative. The credit rating agency said this change is based on negative possibilities for Germany, France, Britain and the Netherlands. Together those four account for almost half of the money in the EU budget. But Moodi’s continued the Euro Zone’s triple-A rating because of what it called conservative budget operations and the credit worthiness and support provided by its 27-member states.

At least two Pakistanis were killed and 19 others wounded in a car attack Monday in Peshawar, Pakistan. The American embassy says two Americans and two Pakistanis were among those injured. They were traveling in a United States government vehicle when it was hit by a car filled with explosives. The bomber was killed. Police say the car was loaded with about 100kg of explosives. The attack happened in an area where some international organizations, including the United Nations, have headquarters. The embassy is calling the incident an apparent terrorist attack. No one has claimed responsibility.

The court hearing for a Pakistani Christian girl who was arrested more than two weeks ago on blasphemy charges has been delayed until Friday. This leaves the 14-year-old girl in jail at least until then. The judge suspended the hearing because of a lawyer strike. The girl, Rimsha Masih was arrested by police after angry neighbors surrounded her house in Islamabad. They accused her of burning pages from the Quran. On Saturday, police arrested a Muslim religious leader suspected of creating false evidence against the girl. The arrest was made after members of his mosque allergic police.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the suicide bomb attack Monday on a United States government vehicle in Pakistan. Ms. Clinton spoke during a visit to Jakarta after talks with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. She called on Southeast Asian countries to work cooperatively to resolve disputes over islands in the South China Sea. Several nations claim islands in the area which has many natural resources. On Tuesday, Ms. Clinton travels to China for two days of meetings with top Chinese leaders.

North Korea’s official news agency says 48 people were killed and many are still missing after typhoon Bolaven. The severe ocean storm hit the western coast of North Korea last week. The Korean Central News Agency also reported on Monday that the powerful storm left more than 20,000 people without shelter. The report says the storm destroyed more than 50,000 hectares of crops.

While the two American presidential candidates are attempting to win support, their vice presidential choices are asking and answering the question “Are we better off now than we were 4 years ago.” Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told voters in North Carolina Monday that President Barack Obama’s campaign is running away from a poor record on the economy. But in Detroit, Michigan, the center of the United States automobile industry, Vice President Joe Biden said the country is better off now because Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. Mr. Biden told voters that under President Obama’s government, the auto industry has recovered.

Finally, Americans are celebrating Labor Day. The first Monday in September became an official holiday to honor workers in 1894. The power of Labor Unions in the United States is much less now than it was when holiday was created. About one in eight American workers belongs to a union. That is about half as many as thirty years ago. Many of these union members now work for local, state and national government agencies. Labor Day is also the unofficial end of summer in the United States and a day when many families gather. In some areas, it is also the last day of summer vacation for children. Many of them will begin the new school year on Tuesday, although, in some areas of the country, school has already begun.

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

Syrian activists say a government air strike Monday killed at least 18 people in the Northern town of al-Bab. At least two Pakistanis were killed and 19 others wounded in a car attack Monday in Peshawar, Pakistan. And the credit rating agency Moodi’s Investors Service lowered its rating outlook for the European Union on Monday.

That’s the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

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