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And we come now to 23:30 Universal Time.

[1] In the news at this hour, the United States military continued operations against resistance fighters in two Iraqi cities on Friday. In Fallujah, at least one man was killed in another day of United States air attacks. In Tal Afar, United States forces searched for foreign terrorists that military officials say entered the country through Syria. Turkey is calling for a fast end to the operation in Tal Afar. That city has a large ethnic Turkmen population. The Iraqi Turkmen Front says 26 Turkmen were killed in fighting that began on Thursday. United States Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that violence will not force the United States to leave Iraq.

[2] A top suspect in last year's bombings in Istanbul Turkey is believed to have been killed in Iraq earlier this week. Turkish television broadcast a video recording of a body reported to be that of Habib Aktas. Militants say he died during United States bombing in Iraq's Al Anbar province. The United States forces have been striking targets in that area for the past four days. Turkish officials say Habib Aktas planned attacks on Jewish and British targets in Istanbul last November. Sixty people were killed in the attacks. Officials say he escaped to Iraq and joined terrorist forces there. However his death could not be independently confirmed.

[3] Indonesian police have deployed extra security forces around several foreign diplomatic offices in Jakarta. A bomb attack near the Australian embassy on Thursday killed 9 people, 180 others were injured. Indonesian officials say there are no new threats, 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 Jemaah Islamiyah for the attack. An Internet Website known for extremist Islamic information says the group was responsible. However the claim has not been confirmed.

[4] Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Chechen leader Shamil Basayev directed the taking of hostages at a school last week in southern Russia. Mr. Lavrov also blamed former Chechen separatist President Aslan Maskhadov for inciting terrorism. But he did not directly link the former Chechen president to the seizing of the school in Beslan. A spokesman for Mr. Maskhadov has condemned the hostages taking. Mr. Lavrov said talks with Mr. Maskhadov were not possible.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

[5] Four Palestinians have been killed in Israeli offensives in Gaza. Reports say a Hamas member was killed and several other Palestinians were wounded in an Israeli missile strike on the Jabalya refugee camp. Health workers say Israeli gunfire later killed three other Palestinians. In other news, Jewish settlers warned that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's resettlement plan could lead to a civil war in Israel. They urged security forces to disobey orders to close some settlements in the occupied territories.

[6] Jailed Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he expects to lose control of the Yukos oil company. The Russian government says Yukos owes more than 7 thousand million dollars. Mr. Khodorkovsky is charged with not paying taxes and with other wrongdoing. Some experts say Mr. Khodorkovsky is being punished for his support of opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The businessman says he can not pay the tax bill, but he is willing to give up his ownership shares in Yukos to save the company.

[7] United States officials say South Korea should be treated just as any other country that carries out secret nuclear tests. Recently, South Korea admitted that it carried out secret nuclear experiments in the year 2000 and others during the 1980s. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said all nations should be treated equally when it comes to dealing with violations of international nuclear laws. Mr. Bolton said the United States will wait until all the facts of the case become known.

[8] People in Jamaica are preparing for the arrival of the powerful ocean storm Hurricane Ivan. The storm is expected to pass over the Jamaican capital of Kingston on Friday night or early Saturday. Officials are urging 500,000 people in the coast areas of Jamaica to leave their homes. The storm has killed more than 30 people in the Caribbean this week. Most of the victims were in Grenada. Officials there say 90 percent of all homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

[9] And Saturday is the third anniversary of the September eleventh terrorist attacks against the Unite States. Ceremonies are planned in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Other ceremonies are planned around the world.

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

The United States military continued operations against resistance fighters in two Iraqi cities on Friday. Indonesian police have deployed extra security forces around several foreign diplomatic offices in Jakarta after a bomb attack killed nine people there on Thursday. And Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Chechen leader Shamil Basayev directed the taking of hostages at a school last week in southern Russia.

And so ends the news in VOA Special English.
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