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BBC News with John Jason.

The United Nations Security Council has failed to pass a resolution imposing sanctions on the Zimbabwean government. The proposal was vetoed by Russia and China. The two countries said the Security Council would be overstepping its authority by passing the resolution as Zimbabwe did not threaten international stability. The British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, said the position of China and Russia was incomprehensible.

From the UN in New York, Andy Gallagher

For the British and Americans this is a major blow. The Russians and Chinese use their vetoes to stop the resolution from going any further. It had been thought that the Chinese so close to the Olympics wouldn't use their veto. The British ambassador said that the Security Council had failed in its duty. The resolutions put forward would have placed an arms embargo on Zimbabwe, a travel ban on Robert Mugabe and 13 of its top officials and a seizing of assets.

Sudan's ambassador to the UN has warned there'll be disastrous consequences if the International Criminal Court in
The Hague issues an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes committed in Darfur. In an interview with the BBC, the Ambassador, Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad, called the ICC Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo a criminal and warned that such a move would affect peace and security in Darfur.

If these reports are true this would constitute a very serious development, a criminal move that we strongly condemn, and we condemn it because of its very negative implications, not only on the peace and security in Darfur, but on the entire country.

President Bush and senior American/ finance officials have taken steps to reassure investors after shares in two of the country's biggest mortgage providers fell by almost half. The president said his top officials were working very hard on the problem facing the two institutions, the Federal National Mortgage Association, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loans Mortgage Corporation, Freddie Mac.

Jack Izzard sent this report from Washington.

Between them, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, own or guarantee around half of / America's mortgage debt. Wall Street was only partly reassured by the US Treasury's tepid pledge of support. Christopher Dodd, who chairs the Senate's Banking Committee, suggested they should be bailed out by the Federal Reserve
. Given their vast size, the government may be left with no choice but to step in.

The FARC rebels in Colombia say they were betrayed by their own men in the dramatic army rescue of the former presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt, and 14 other hostages from the jungle last week. In its first communique since the operation, the FARC accused two of its commanders of betraying their revolutionary principles by allowing their prisoners to get away. The two guerrilla leaders were detained by troops disguised as aid workers who landed by helicopter to free the hostages. The FARC said it was still ready to negotiate the release of other hostages.

World News from the BBC.

The Presidents of Colombia and Venezuela, Alvaro Uribe and Hugo Chavez, said they want to promote closer ties after months of political tension. Speaking at the end of a one-day meeting in Venezuela, Mr. Chavez said that a new era of cooperation was dawning. Mr. Uribe said he was optimistic that the two countries could now move beyond their disagreements and focus instead on vital economic issues.

Politicians in Lebanon have finally agreed on a government of national unity after a long period of political paralysis, which took the country to the brink of a civil war. Under the deal, the Western-backed parties who control/ parliament will hold a majority of seats in cabinet. The Hezbollah and its allies, who are backed by Syria and Iran, will have enough seats to be able to veto major decisions. The Lebanese Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, said it was important that people trust the political system.

The national unity government should be a government for all of Lebanon, and I believe that one of the many missions of this new government should be to regain the trust of the Lebanese in the political system and democratic constitutions and civil society.

Israeli police say they are investigating new allegations of corruption against the Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert. They say he
's suspected of having made duplicate/ claims for travel expenses from different organizations and to have used the extra money for personal use. The alleged fraud took place when Mr. Olmert served as Israeli Trade Minister, and before that as Mayor of Jerusalem. He has consistently denied all wrongdoing and then said that he'll resign if he's indicted.

International donors have pledged about 1.9 billion dollars to help build up Kosovo which declared itself independent in the face of opposition from Serbia earlier this year. The pledges were made at a one-day conference in Brussels organized by the European Union. Two thirds of the promised aid is to come from EU countries.

BBC News.

 

 

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