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

1. Indonesian police have deployed extra security forces around several foreign diplomatic offices in Jakarta. A bomb attack near the Australian Embassy Thursday killed 9 people. 180 other were injured. Indonesian officials say there are no new threads. However, more guards have been placed near the Australian, Japanese and United States embassies. In Australia, Prime Minister John Howard said another attack in Jakarta was possible. Police are blaming Jemma Islamia for the attack. An Internet website known for extremist Islamic information says the group was responsible. However, the claim has not been confirmed.

2. Five countries have launched a major military exercise in the South China Sea. Troops, ships and airplanes from Australia, Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore are taking part in the exercise. The training is said to include an anti-terrorism operation. The five nations are members of the Five Power Defense Agreements《五
国防御条约》. The measures were established in 1971 mainly to protect Singapore and Malaysia from invasion.

3. The United States, South Korea and Japan agree that six-nation talks about the North Korean nuclear program should be held this month. A Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman made the announcement Friday after officials from all three countries met in Tokyo. Chinese officials are in North Korea to discuss the proposed nuclear talks. The team will urge North Korea to return to the negotiations. The six nations have met 3 other times to discuss North Korea's nuclear program. All sides agreed to meet again by the end of September. However North Korea recently called the talks useless.

4. Reports from Iraq say that American airplanes bombed suspected resistance fighters in the city of Fallujah Friday. At least one man was killed. The United States military also said it continues to hunt foreign terrorists who have entered Iraq from Syria. Also hundreds of people protested in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Najaf against Shiite religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr. They demanded that he and his forces leave the city.

5. In Yemen, the military says it has killed a rebel Shiite clergyman. Officials say the bodies of Sheikh Hussein Badr Eddin al-Huthi and several of his assistants were found Friday following 3 days of intense fighting. The clergyman was accused of inciting anti-American feelings and establishing illegal religious centers in Yemen. Several efforts for his surrender failed. Hundreds of security forces and rebels died during weeks of fighting in the Maran mountains.

You are listening to the news in VOA special English.

6. An Israeli missile strike killed a Palestinian in northern Gaza Friday. Several other Palestinians were hurt in the attack in the Jabaliya refugee camp. Israel began an offensive there Wednesday to stop militants from firing rockets into southern Isreal. Israel also announced a general ban on travel to and from Gaza and West Bank until the next Jewish holidays end in October. In other news Jewish settlers warned that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's resettlement plan could lead to a civil war in Israel. They urge security forces to disobey orders to close some settlements in the occupied territories.

7. Pakistani troops and suspected Islamic militants have clashed in a tribal area near the Afghan border. Army officials say five foreigners and one tribesman were killed. They also say the army suffered losses but would not give the detail. The violence comes one day after Pakistani forces raided a suspected al-Qaeda training camp. 50 fighters were killed in the raid. The Pakistani military says almost all those killed were Uzbekis, Chechens and Arabs. The Pakistani army has launched several attacks in north and south Waziristan to drive out Islamic militants. The area is considered a possible hiding place for al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

9. Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the creation of a Parliament committee to investigate the hostage crisis in southern Russia. Mr. Putin agreed to the committee during a meeting with the head of Russia's Upper House of Parliament. Russian lawmakers will meet on September 20th to establish the committee. Russian security services have been criticized for the attack last week on a school in North Ossetia. Hundreds of people were dead or missing after the hostage crisis ended.

10. The Foreign Minister of Sudan has rejected an American accusation that black civilians in Darfur are being systematically killed. Foreign Minister Musstafa Osman Ismail says the Bush administration made the accusation to help reduce public interest in the war in Iraq. Mr. Ismail spoke to reporters while traveling in South Korea. In Washington Thursday American Secretary of State Colin Powell described conditions in Darfur as genocide. He spoke to a committee of the United States Senate.

11. And a powerful storm continues to move across the Caribbean Sea. Hurricane Ivan is expected to hit Jamaica and Cayman Islands Friday night. Wind speeds of up to 230 kilometers an hour have been measured. Weather experts suspect the storm to grow stronger. Hurricane Ivan has killed more than 20 people in the Caribbean. In Grenada official say 90% of all homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Officials in the American State of Florida have ordered people to leave islands south of the mainland immediately. Hurricane Ivan is expected to reach that area by Monday.

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

Indonesian police have deployed extra security forces around several foreign diplomatic offices in Jakarta. Reports from Iraq say American airplanes have bombed suspected resistance fighters in Fallujah.And in late news from Taiwan, government lawyers have charged 3 men in connection with an attempt to murder "President" Chen Shuiban six months ago.

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