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WORLD NEWS - Sep 23rd, 2012

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Here is the news in VOA Special English. I’m Christopher Cruise reporting from Washington.

Government and opposition forces battled across Syria on Saturday. Opposition activists say at least 25 people were killed in attacks by security forces. They say some of the worst unrest was in the city of Aleppo, the largest city in Syria. The military has launched raids in the area in an effort to regain control. Also Saturday, the Free Syrian Army, which is made up of mostly former Syrian military members, said it is moving its command center from Turkey to what it called liberated areas of Syria.

Libyan officials have taken control of militia bases in the eastern city of Benghazi. The move follows unrest that left 11 people dead and more than 60 others wounded. The clashes outside the Jihadist militia buildings followed large protests on Friday. Tens of thousands of Libyans marched through Benghazi demanding the end of the militia groups.

Muslim demonstrators in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria and Germany protested Saturday against an Internet video that makes fun of the prophet Mohammad. In the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, at least ten people were injured in clashes between police and protesters. Security forces fired tear gas and beat hundreds of stone-throwing protesters with sticks. The protesters were part of an alliance of about 12 Islamic groups.

Pakistani intelligence officials say an American pilotless plane strike has killed at least three suspected militants in the nation’s northwest tribal area near the Afghan border. Officials say two missiles were fired Saturday at a vehicle in North Waziristan. Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are active in the area. Pakistan has repeatedly said the air strikes violate its independence. The United States believes the strikes are an important tool in the effort to defeat al-Qaeda.

The United States Senate voted early Saturday to fund the government for the next six months avoiding an October government shutdown. Republican senator Rand Paul of Kentucky campaigned to stop the Senate from voting on the bill. He wanted the Senate to vote on his amendment to cut foreign aid to Pakistan, Egypt and Libya. He said he did not expect his said measure to pass. But he wanted the senators to explain why they would give billions of dollars in aid to people who he says disrespect us and burn our flag in anti-American protests.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

Officials in Somalia say gunmen killed a Somali lawmaker as he left a religious center in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday. Witnesses say Mustafa Muhammad Abdullahi was shot several times and died on the way to a hospital. The gunmen escaped and there has been no claim of responsibility. The lawmaker was the father of the wife of the former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed who left office earlier this month.

The United States Senate has approved a resolution that supports American efforts to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. The senators voted 90 to 1 on Saturday. The resolution is not as strong as a law. And a lawmaker said it should not be considered approval of the use of military force or a declaration of a war.

An American rights group is urging Iran to ease restrictions on women in higher education as the country begins its new school year. Human Rights Watch said Saturday that Iran has limited the number of college courses available to women. The group’s women’s rights Director, Liesl Gerntholtz, said Iran’s Mehr News Agency recently reported that women had been banned from 77 academic areas. “What our concerns are that, in some aspects, the choices that have been banned for women seem somewhat arbitrary, that some of the majors that women may no longer participate in include computer science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering.” Ms. Gerntholtz told VOA she believes the limits on what women can study are what she called part of an ongoing process of Islamicization of education in Iran.

The American government has released the names of 55 prisoners who will be released from the country’s military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Many of those being released are from Yemen.

Radio Free Europe Radio Free Liberty says it will stop medium wave radio broadcasting in Russia. A Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty official said Saturday the organization will make the change on November tenth. That is the date that a new law goes into effect in Russia. It mans radio broadcasting in Russia by companies that more than 48% owned by foreign individuals or groups. Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty is funded by the American government and operates under the control of the United States Broadcasting Board of Governors. The Voice of America also operates under the board.

And finally at this hour, one of the world’s most famous museums has opened a large showing of Islamic art. The Louvre in Paris opened its Islamic area Saturday. It had been planned for more than ten years. The money to pay for it comes from the French government and from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Morocco, Kuwait and Azerbaijan.

And now, briefly, here again is the major news of the hour read to you in VOA Special English.

Government and opposition forces battled across Syria on Saturday. Muslim demonstrators in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria and Germany protested Saturday against an Internet video that makes fun of the prophet Mohammad. And the United States Senate has approved a resolution that supports American efforts to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

You can find news anytime from around the world at www.voaneas.com.

That’s the news at this hour in Special English. I’m Christopher Cruise in Washington.

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