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

 

[1] Chinese officials have ordered thousands of people free of village close to the center of the recent earthquake. The official Xinhua News Agency says lands lives resulting from the earthquake have blocked the Jinxiu River. Officials are concerned that water from the river will cause a nearby lake to float the area. Xinhua reported that officials in Beichuan county want to explode part of the lake’s sides to reduce some of the water level pressure. Chinese officials now say nearly 29,000 people have died because of the earthquake.

 

[2] An underground passage way at a hydroelectric station collapsed Saturday in southwestern China. It is not clear if the collapse was linked to the earthquake on Monday. Eight worker are trapped in the taro in the Dayanjiang hydropower station in Yunnan Province. The Xinhua News Agency says rescuers heard the voices behind the wreckage. The could mean at least some workers survived.

 

[3] Diplomats in Burma had a controlled visit of the Irrawady delta area Saturday. The visit comes after international criticism of the Burmese military for borrowing eight groups from providing emergency supplies. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown criticized the military for what he called human treatment of over 2,000,000 storm survivors. Burmese State Media say the number of dead and missing people from cyclone Nargis is more than 133,000. This number almost doubled earlier Burmese estimates. Also Saturday President Bush extended economic actions against Burma’s military government for one more year. He said the restrictions were not affected aid going to victims after the storm.

 

[4] The leaders of the Zimbabwe’s main opposition party will not return home as planned Saturday because of security concerns. A spokesman for the party says it has received information about a plot to kill Morgan Tsvangirai. Mr. Tsvangirai has been out of Zimbabwe since presidential and parliamentary elections in March. Official’s results show he defeated President Robert Mugabe. But he failed to win the majority of votes necessary to the come president.

 

[5] Reports from Somalia say Islamist fighters have seized the town after clashes from the government troops. People flight the town of Jubuty early Saturday after the heavily armed fighters to control. Somalia’s exiled Islamist opposition has rejected taking part in peace talks with the government. The peace talks began Tuesday in Jubuty. The alliance for the relevoration of Somalia says opposition members after the talks are not permitted to meet with the government or sign any agreements. The group has also said it will never hold talks with the Somalia government as long as ? troops remain in Somalia.

 

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

 

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