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And we come now to 23:30 Universal Time.

[1] In the news at this hour, British Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell has met with North Korean officials in Pyongyang. Mr. Rammell met with North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister for Europe Kang Sok Ung, they discussed North Korea's nuclear program, human rights and other issues. A top official of the Chinese Communist Party also is visiting Pyongyang. Earlier, North Korea said it wants to link future talks about its nuclear program to the admission by South Korea that it carried out nuclear experiments. North Korea said it believes the experiments were for military purposes.

[2] Investigators in Indonesia are learning more about a bomb that exploded outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta. The explosion on Thursday killed 9 people, 180 others were injured. Investigators say they have identified the house in Jakarta where the bomb was made, they say they are searching for members of the Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiyah. The same group was responsible for the nightclub bombing in Bali 2 years ago.

[3] Hundreds of people demonstrated in the Afghan city of Herat on Saturday, they were protesting a decision by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to dismiss Herat governor Ismail Khan. Officials say at least 3 people were injured when American and Afghan troops attempted to control the crowd. Mr. Khan has repeatedly criticized the president. The governor refused to accept an offer to become Afghnistan's minister of mines and industry. President Karzai has now dismissed 2 governors who lead private armies both have been accused of involvement in deadly fighting in Herat province.

[4] Saturday was the third anniversary of the 9.11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Family members of some of those killed gathered at a ceremony in New York City. They read the names of more 2,700 victims. Moments of silence were observed at the exact times when 2 highjacked passenger airplanes hit the 2 tallest buildings of the World Trade Center. There also were moments of silence at the times that the 2 buildings fell. Near Washington, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld honoured the people who died when a highjacked plane struck the headquarters of the Defence Department. A ceremony also was held in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where another highjacked plane crashed 3 years ago.

[5] In the Caribbean Sea a severe storm is going stronger as it moves toward the Cayman Islands and Cuba. Hurricane Ivan now has winds measuring more than 270 kilometers an hour. The storm is about 200 kilometers southeast of Grand Cayman Island. Hurricane Ivan is blamed for at least 34 deaths, it killed at least 2 people in Jamaica, most of the deaths were in Grenada. Officials there say half the population is now homeless. Weather experts say Hurricane Ivan could reach the Cayman Islands within 24 hours.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

[6] One person was killed in the Iraqi city of Basra Saturday in an explosion near an American diplomatic office. At least two people were injured. And a general in the Iraqi National Guard and his driver were killed in a shooting in Baquba, north of Baghdad. Two other people were injured. Late Saturday explosions were reported in central Baghdad. There were no immediate reports of injuries. American supported Iraqi troops say they are continuing an offensive against rebels and foreign fighters in 3 cities.

[7] Diplomats say Britain, France and Germany have prepared a resolution for the International Atomic Energy Agency. The resolution gives Iran until November to prove it is not secretly attempting to develop a nuclear bomb. The measure also warns that steps could be taken if Iran fails to prove its nuclear program is peaceful. Governing members of the United Nations nuclear agency will meet on Monday in Austria.

[8] Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed two top security officials as a result of the school hostage crisis in North Ossetia. The head of federal security services there and the area's interior minister were dismissed Saturday. On Friday, President Putin approved a parliamentary investigation into the hostage incident. He earlier had supported a secret investigation. More than 300 people held in the school were killed, many of them were children.

[9] And in sports, Roger Federer of Switzerland has reached the finals in the men's single's event at the United States Open Tennis Championship. Federer defeated Tim Henman of Britain on Saturday. Earlier Lleyton Hewitt of Australia reached the finals by defeating Joachim Johansson of Sweden. In the women's finals, Svetlana Kuznetsova will play Elena Dementieva. Both players are from Russia.

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

British Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell has met with North Korean officials in Pyongyang. In Afghanistan, hundreds of people have demonstrated agaist the president's dismissal of the governor of Herat province. And Saturday marked the third anniversary of the September eleventh terrorist attacks on the United States.

And so ends the news in VOA Special English.
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