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It is 15:30 Universal Time. I'm Steve Ember in Washington.

1. Kidnappers in Iraq have freed 4 Jordanian and 2 Turkish truck drivers whom they were holding hostage. A family member of one of the 4 Jordanians spoke to reporters in Amman. He said that a local tribal chief in the Iraqi city of Fallujah had won their release Wednesday. The tribal chief is expected to give the men to Jordanian diplomats in Baghdad soon. Also resistance fighters linked to a terrorist suspect Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi freed 2 Turkish truck drivers. The group holding the Turkish men said they were freed because the company they work for had agreed to stop doing business in Iraq.

2. At least 12 Iraqis have been killed in fighting between police and resistance fighters in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The fighting reportedly started when police saw many men with weapons moving through the city. Hospital officials report that at least 26 people were wounded in the fighting. Shortly before the clashes police said a bomb explosion killed 2 people.

3. In the United States an army soldier is to appear for a second day in a military court. The court will decide if Private First Class Lynndie England should face a military trial. Earlier this year pictures showing American soldiers with Iraqi prisoners not wearing clothing were released. The prisoners were being held at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. On Tuesday an army investigator gave evidence against Private First Class England. He said she told him the pictures were taken for fun and in her words were no big deal. Her lawyers say she’s been blamed for obeying the orders of her officers. She faces charges that could carry a sentence up to 38 years in prison. 3 British citizens freed from the United States military prison in Cuba say American soldiers treated them badly. The Guardian Newspaper says a report about their experiences will be released soon. The 3 men reportedly say they were beaten and denied sleep at Guantanamo Bay prison. The men also say they were not permitted to wear clothing when pictures of them were made. The United States military has denied that prisoners at Guantanamo are treated badly. The men were captured in Afghanistan and held for more than two years. They were released in March. The men have denied any ties to al-Qaeda or the former Taliban government in Afghanistan.

4. Also in Britain, police are questioning 12 men arrested Tuesday in connection with terrorism. Officials say the suspects are being held at a police station in the center of London. A 13th suspect was arrested with the others but later released. Reports say at least one of the arrests resulted from information given by an al-Qaeda agent arrested in Pakistan. But British police have not confirmed this. Officials say the suspects are believed to be of South Asian ancestry. The officials say the arrests were part of an investigation into international terrorism.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

5. In Washington, a committee of congress is holding an open hearing about ways to prevent more terrorist attacks against the United States.
Lawmakers continue to debate how much power a proposed national intelligence director should have. The independent committee investigating the terrorist attacks of 2001 urged that such a position be created. On Monday
President Bush supported the creation of the position. The person appointed to that position would organize cooperation among all 15 American intelligence agencies. But Mr. Bush's proposal would not give the new director control over the budget or the ability to employ or dismiss workers. The independent committee suggested both those steps.

6. Top American officials reportedly say new information received by the Bush administration last week help lead to a warning of possible terrorism. The
warnings affected parts of New York city , Washington DC and Newark, New Jersy.
The New York Time Newspaper published the comments of an Amercian intelligence official. The official reportedly said there is little question that Al-qaeda is making plans to attack the United States. The report follows statements by American officials that much of the information responsible for the terror warning was at least 3 years old.

7 Israeli forces have moved into positions near a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Gaza. The Israeli army says the operation is meant to stop militants from firing rockets into southern Israel. Reports say soldiers did not enter the Jabalya camp in Betar Illit. But the soldiers reportedly seized control of several nearby buildings and established positions on tops of buildings. Also the United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees says it is removing some UN employees still working in its Gaza headquarters. The agency said it is acting for safety reasons. UN official Peter Handsome said the employees will temporarily move to Amman Jordan.

8. Chinese Prime Minister Wen JiaBao has told a group of American lawmakers that the United States should honor its guarantees about Taiwan. Mr. Wen also said America should deal with the issue carefully. Chinese media said Mr. Wen spoke to American Senator Ted Steven in Beijing. Earlier, Senator Steven said China had asked the United States to cancel a law that requires America to supply Taiwan with defensive weapons.

9. And a powerful storm has flooded homes and cars and cut power to thousands of people in the American states of North Carolina. The damage resulted as the storm blew past the Outer Banks Islands. Weather experts are calling the storm hurricane Alex. Early Wednesday, the national weather service said Alex continues to move east over the Atlantic ocean. It also said the storm never struck the American mainland.

And now briefly here again is the major news of the hour in Special English.

Kidnappers in Iraq have freed 4 Jordanian and 2 Turkish truck drivers whom they were holding hostage. A family member of one of the 4 Jordanians told reporters that a local tribal chief in the Iraqi city of Fallujah had won their release Wednesday. In Britain, police are questioning 12 men arrested in connection with terrorism. And in Washington, a congressional committee is holding a hearing about ways to prevent more terrorist attacks against the United States.

That's the news in VOA Special English.
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