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

[1] 4 United States troops have been killed in Iraq. The United States military said 2 soldiers were killed and 3 injured when they were attacked near the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad. Earlier, 2 marines were killed in a separate incident near Fallujah. The United States military carried out air attacks on industrial areas of the city, 2 Iraqis were reported killed. And a large explosion killed 3 people near a police station in the southern town of Nasiriyah. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.

[2] There are conflicting reports about who controls the Imam Ali shrine in the Iraqi city of Najaf. Some reports say militants loyal to Shiite clergyman Muqtada al-Sadr controled the religious center, others say Muqtada al-Sadr is preparing to give control of the religious center to officials connected to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Earlier, Iraq's Interior Ministry said police and Shiite religious officials had entered the Imam Ali shrine and that 500 militants surrendered.

[3] Vietnam has suspended an effort to resettle people in the country's central area. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the resettlements will be temporarily stopped. He said the government will make an effort to solve problems in the area such as lack of land for farming. Thousands of ethnic Vietnamese have been moved to the central highlands since the Vietnam war. Local ethnic minorities known as Montagnard have protested what they say is a government effort to take away their land.

[4] The government of Nepal has agreed to one demand of rebels who have blocked the capital, Kathmandu, since Wednesday. Government officials say they will investigate the disappearance on activists. The rebels have stopped almost all traffic in and out of the capital. The rebels want the government to free rebels held in prison. They also want the government to investigate killings of rebels. The government acted after rebels launched attacks in Kathmandu, one policeman was injured. Business leaders in Nepal have called on the government to open talks with the rebels.

[5] Autralia and Britain have warned their citizens not to travel to southern Thailand. The countries warned that terrorists in the southern provinces of Thailand are planning attacks against foreigners. On Friday, police safely disarmed a bomb outside a bank in southern Narathiwat province near Malaysia.

[6] Taiwanese Prime Minister Yu Shyi-kun has arrived in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua for a diplomatic visit. Mr. Yu was to start negotiations over a free trade agreement between Taiwan and Nicaragua. Earlier this week, Mr. Yu visited the Dominican Republic and Honduras. The 3 countries are among 26 countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

[7] United Nations refugee officials say thousands of people in the Darfur area of Sudan may flee to Chad because of new attacks. An agency official said displaced villagers in the town of Masteri are demanding international security guarantees. As many as 30,000 refugees may flee to Chad. UN officials also say hepatitis(其发音的辅音由[hptts]组成,故可在《听音查字词典》的第137页查到,关于《听音查字词典》的介绍,请到听音查字专栏看相关贴子) E is spreading through Darfur and through the refugee camps in Chad. The UN Security Council has warned Sudan to disarm militants in Darfur by the end of the month or face restrictions.

[8] United States officials have arrested two men on charges of financially aiding the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Attorney General John Ashcroft said that Mohammad Hamid Khalil Salah was arrested in Chicago,Illinois. Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar was arrested in the state of Virginia. A third man was also charged. He is believed to be in Syria. Mr. Ashcroft says the 3 men helped Hamas pay for terrorist activities for 15 years.

[9] Oil prices increased to more than 49 dollars a barrel on Friday before falling to about 48 dollars a barrel. Some observers say that the fighting in Iraq could reduce exports of oil that could make the price of oil increase again. In Washington, Treasury Secretary John Snow said that high oil prices are like attacks that slows economic growth. But Mr. Snow said the United States will not begin taking oil from its special emergency supply.

[10] And at the Olympics in Athens, American swimmer Michael Phelps has won the men's 100-meter butterfly event. The South Korean team beat China in the final of the women's archery competition. The South Koreans have won every archery event since 1984. Japan won gold medals in Judo. Japan won in both men's and women's competitions. The United States has won 40 medals so far, 17 of those have been gold. China has won 36 with 15 gold medals. Russia has 28 medals, South Korea has 15 and Ukraine has won 8 medals.

And briefly, here again is the major news of this hour:

There are conflicting reports about who controls the Imam Ali shrine in the Iraqi city of Najaf. Vietnam has suspended an effort to resettle people in the country's central area. And the government of Nepal has agreed to one demand of rebels who have blocked the capital Kathmandu since Wednesday.

And so ends the news in VOA Special English.
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