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And we come now to 23:30 Univerval Time.
In the news of this hour:

[1] The temporary Iraqi government says it will start military operations again in the Shiite holy city of Najaf. Talks ended on Saturday to stop more than a week of violence. Iraq's National Security Advisor said the government had made every effort to end the crisis. A representative of militant Shiite clergyman Muqtada al-Sadr blamed Prime Minister Iyad Allawi for the failed talks. He said the prime minister urged officials to end the talks, even though, there was progress. American and Iraqi officials said about 90 Iraqi fighters have been killed in the cities of Samarra and Hilla. And hospital reports say at least 5 Iraqi civilians died in American air attacks on the city of Fallujah.

[2] The president of Pakistan, Perves Musharraf has said that the biggest problem in his nation is foreign terrorists. He said some Pakistani extremists are helping foreign groups. Mr. Musharraf called on Pakistanis to reject extremism. The president commented at a music program marking the 57th anniversary of Pakistan's independence from British rule.

[3] Fighting between local commanders in western Afghanistan has killed at least 21 people. The 2 sides are fighting for control of Herat, the area's largest city. Forces loyal to the governor of Herat are fighting supporters of Amanullah Khan of Shindand province. Some of the fiercest fighting reportedly is in the Shindand and Chishti Sharif areas. The office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the violence. Mr. Karzai's office said serious measures would be taken against those those to blame.

[4] At the Olympics, in Athens, Greece China has won gold medals in men's and women's synchronised diving. The men won in the ten-meter platform competition, the Chinese women won in the three-meter spring board competition. In women's weight lifting, Turky won the gold medal in the 48 kilogrammer group. China won the silver medal and Thailand won the bronze. Earlier on Saturday, Australia set a world record in the women's 4x100 freestyle swim.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

[5] President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela says only his administration can keep the country's oil industry operating smoothly, President Chavez spoke to reporters on Saturday. On Sunday, Venezuelans will vote on his presidency. The vote will decide if Mr. Chavez will remain in office or be forced to step down. Public opinion studies show that the vote will be close. Mr. Chavez has said he expects to win, but he also has said he will follow the will of the voters.

[6] Emergency officials in the state of Florida are searching for survivors of a powerful ocean storm. Unconfirmed reports say Hurricane Charley has killed at least 15 people in Florida. Florida governor Jeb Bush visited the storm damaged area in a helicopter. His brother, President George Bush has declared emergency conditions. The storm has moved to the state of North Carolina. It has lost some of its strength, but officials are warning of possible flooding and windstorms.

[7] Officials in Burundi say at least 159 Congolese refugees have been killed at a United Nations camp. Reports say the attackers killed men, women and children in the camp. More than 100 other people were wounded. The Hutu Forces for National Liberation took responsibility for the attack. The group said it was targeting a nearby Burundean military base. But Burundi officials say the attackers purposely targeted the ethnic Tutsis who had fled from ethnic violence in eastern Congo earlier this year.

[8] 12 soldiers from Rwanda are traveling to the Darfur area of Sudan. They are part of the 300-member African Union force that will protect the team of observers. The observers are watching a ceasefire between the Rwandan government and rebel forces in the area. A Rwandan military spokesman says his country will send about 150 more soldiers to Darfur on Sunday. Nigeria has expected to send another 150 troops later this month. Sudan has rejected an African Union proposal to send 2,000 troops to protect civilians. The United Nations Security Council has told Sudan to disarm Arab fighters by the end of the month or face punishment. The Arabs are accused of attacking black villagers in Darfur.

[9] And officials of Georgia and its separatist area of South Ossetia have said they will continue a truce to permit civilians to travel freely. Officials announced the truce on the second day of negotiations in Tskhinvali. Russian officials and representatives of the organization of security and cooperation in Europe also are attending the talks. The South Ossetian leader and the Georgian prime minister are to continue to meet. A truce was signed on Friday between central government police and South Ossetian forces.

And so briefly now, here again the major news of this hour.

The temporay Iraqi government says it will start military operations again in the Shiite holy city of Najaf. The president of Pakistan, Perves Musharraf has called foreign terrorists the bigest problem in his nation. And at the Olympic games in Athens, China has won gold medals in men's and women's synchronised diving.

So ends the news in VOA Special English.
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