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It is 15:00, Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I'm Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The US House of Representatives votes today on President Barack Obama's 825-bilion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats in the House have enough votes to pass the bill.

 

"We had a wonderful exchange of ideas, and I continue to be optimistic about our two leaders to get this recovery package done, to put people back to work. Obviously the news over the last couple of days, the number of layoffs taking place all across the country has just underscored how severely this recession is, how urgently we need to react."
 

President Obama is speaking Tuesday.

 

House Minority Leader John Boehner describes the President's meeting as positive, but stressed  Republicans have some problems with the bill.

 

"We have a very good conversation with the president. He reiterated his desire to work with us to try to find common ground where we could. Clearly there are  some differences that were expressed with regard to the economic rescue package."

 

Meantime a key Senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and the Senate will have to reconcile their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

The International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than have been thought and will contract by 0.6% this year. With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US central bank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

 

US Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, (is) in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the conflict and subsequent cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

 

"It is of critical importance that the cease-fire be extended and consolidated."

 

Mitchell says Washington supports Egypt's efforts to mediate a truce between Israel and  Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is a clear signal that the new Obama administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen to the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the peace process. Mitchell travels next to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

 

In a related development, Israeli warplanes have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it's struck the tunnels today, in response to a bomb attack that killed an Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza militants also fired a rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed in principle to forming a unity government. As Peta Thorneycroft reports from Harare, under the new government Mr. Tsvangirai will be prime minister, and President Robert Mugabe will remain  head of state.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to push ahead with a unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African capital Pretoria. The 15-nation Southern African Development Community in their meeting this week gave Robert Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai until mid-February to form a unity government, but did not spell out what  steps they would take if they did not meet the deadline. Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September after the then-ruling party lost legislative elections for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980. But disagreements over the allocation of key ministries have stalled the formation of a unity government. On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will face the Movement for Democratic Change's National Council, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government. That's Peta Thorneycroft reporting from Harare.

 

News reports from Russia say Moscow has suspended a plan to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with a missile defense shield in Poland and Czech Republic. The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed.

 

President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plans to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plans to send as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour  US share prices are higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 122 points.

 

Rebecca Ward, VOA News in Washington.

 

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It is 15:00 Universal Time and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I'm Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The US House of Representatives votes today on President Barack Obama's 825-bilion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats in the House haven't had to vote to pass the bill. "We had a wonderful string of ideas. * are optimistic about our *, get this recovery *. Hope people will back to work. *a couple of days. A number of * are taking place all across the country. * underscored, * how we're going to react." President Obama is speaking Tuesday.

 

House minority leader John Boehner described the president's speaking as positive, but stressed the Republicans have some problems of the bill. "We are in a very good conversation with president. He reiterated his desire to work with us, to try to find common ground where we stood. Clearly there are obvious some differences that were expressed with regard to the economic rescue package." Meantime a key Senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and the Senate will have to reconcile their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

The International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than it had been thought and will contract by 0.6% this year. With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US central bank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

 

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the conflict and subsequent cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers. "It is of critical importance that the cease-fire be extended and consolidated." Mitchell says Washington supports Egypt's efforts to mediate the truce between Israel and the Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is the clear signal of the new Obama administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen at the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the peace process. Mitchell traveled next to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

 

In a related development, Israeli warplanes have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it's struck the tunnels today, in response to a bomb attack that killed an Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza militants also fired a rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed in principle to form a unity government. As Peta Thorneycroft reports from Harare, under the new government, Mr. Tsvangirai will be prime minister, and President Robert Mugabe will remain head of state.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to push ahead with the unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African capital Pretoria. The 15-nation Southern African Development Community in their meeting this week gave Robert Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai until mid-February to form a unity government, but did not spell out what there would take if they did not meet the deadline. Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September after the then ruling party lost legislative elections for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980. But disagreements over the allocation of key ministries have stalled the formation of the unity government. On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will save the Movement for Democratic Change's National Council, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government. That's Peta Thorneycroft reporting from Harare.

 

Ministry reports from Russia say Moscow has suspended a plan to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with the missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed.

 

President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plan to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plan is to send as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour year share prices are higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 122 points.


Rebecca Ward, VOA news in Washington.

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It is 15:00 Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I'm Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The US House of Representatives votes today on President Barack Obama's 825-bilion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats in the House haven't enough votes to pass the bill.


"We had a wonderful string of ideas. And are continue to be optimistic about our *, gets us recovery to job. Put people will back to work. * a couple of days. A number of glass is taking place all across the country, has just underscored, house appears * how * we did to react."


President Obama is speaking Tuesday.

 

House minority leader John Boehner describes the president's speaking as positive, but stressed the Republicans have some problems of the bill.


"We're in a very good conversation with the president. He reiterated his desire to work with us, to try to find common ground where we could. Clearly there are obvious some differences that were expressed with regard to the economic rescue package."


Meantime a key Senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and the Senate will have to reconcile their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

The International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than it had been thought and will contract by 0.6% this year. With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US Central Bank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

 

US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the conflict and subsequent cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.


"It is of critical importance that the cease-fire be extended and consolidated."


Mitchell says Washington supports Egypt's efforts to mediate the truce between Israel and the Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is the clear signal of the new Obama administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen at the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the peace process. Mitchell traveled next to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

 

In a related development, Israeli warplanes have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it's struck the tunnels today, in response to a bomb attack that killed  an Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza militants also fired a rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed in principle to form a unity government. As Peta Thorneycroft reports from Harare, under the new government, Mr. Tsvangirai will be prime minister, and President Robert Mugabe will remain head of state.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to push ahead with the unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African Capital Pretoria. The 15-nation southern African Development Community in their meeting this week gave Robert Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai until mid-February to form a unity government, but did not spell out what there would take if they did not meet the deadline. Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September after the then ruling party lost legislative elections for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980. But disagreements over the allocation of key ministries have stalled the formation of the unity government. On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will save the Movement for Democratic Change's national council, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government. That's Peta Thorneycroft reporting from Harare.

 

Ministry reports from Russia saying Moscow has suspended a plan to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with the missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed.

 

President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plan to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plan is to send as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour year share prices are higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 122 points.


Rebecca Ward, VOA News in Washington.
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It is 15:00 Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I am ** from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The US House of representatives votes today on President Barack Obama’s 825-billion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats of House of the votes to pass the bill.

 

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President Obama speaking Tuesday. House minority J B describes the president’s meaning as position but to stress republican have some problems of the bill.

 

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Meantime, a key Senate panel approve its version of bill after adding another 70 billion dollars tax cuts. The House and Senate will have to reconsult two versions of the stimulus before Mr. Obama can sign to the law.

 

In International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than had been thought. And will contract by 0.6% this year. With that gloomy day that in mine, top officials of the US central bank have gather to seek more ways for the economy out of the session. US Middle East envoy George *  in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President ** about the conflict in subsequent ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

 

It is a critical important to say the ceasefire extended and consolidated.

 

N** says Washington support Egypt’s efforts to mediate the troops between Israel and Hamas militants. He says he’s visited to region as a clear signal of the new Obama Administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy travelled from Egypt to Israel today to listen to the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the police process. * travels next to the West* for talks with Palestinian’s President ** on Thursday.

 

And related to develop Israeli work place have bomb smuggling tunnels near Gaza Strip border with Egypt following an up surgen fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it’s strike the tunnels today in response to Obama attacked and killed Israeli soldier Tuesday. Here is the Gaza&Israel border. Gaza militants also fired rocket in southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwe leader Morgon* has agreed an principle to form a unity government as Peter * reports form Holry and the new government Mr. T* will be prime minister, and president * will remain ahead of state.

 

** decision to put ahead the unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African *. The 15 nation’s southern Africa development community in their meeting this week gave Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tv until met February to form a unity government, but didn’t sell out what step they would take. He said they did n’t meet the deadline. Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tv find a pariteril deal in September after the ban ruling party lost latest lesson for the first time. The independence from 1980, but the disagreement over the case have stall the formation of the government. On Friday Mr. Tv will face the movement for Democratic changes national harmful which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government.

 

That’s Peter * reports from *

 

News report from Russia say Moscow has spended its plan to install missiles in ** because the Obama Administration is not Russian ford with missile shield in the * and republican. The US envoy T* said Russia’s change of course will be very positive step if confirmed. President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are like to focus on Mr. Obama’s plan to reduce the numbers of troops in Iraq will sending more US troops to Afghanistan. The US plans to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour your will share prices are higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average are 122 points.

 

We are backward. VOA news in Washington.

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It is 15:00 Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I am Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

 The US House of representatives votes today on President Barack Obama’s 825-billion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats in the House haven't vote to pass the bill.

 

We had a wonderful strategy ideas and are convenient to be optimistic about donate give this recovery baggage for people at work and they make new of the * a couple of days to take place all cross the country has therefore how severe this session is and how urgent *.

 

President Obama speaking Tuesday. House minority leader J B describes the president’s meaning as positive but stressed that the republicans have some problems of the bill.

 

We have very good conversation with president. He reinrated his desire to work with us and try to find common  ground where we could. Clearly  there are some differences that were expressed with regards of economic rescue package."

 

Meantime, a key Senate panel approve its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and Senate will have to reconsult two versions of the stimulus before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

In International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than had been thought. And will contract by 0.6% this year. With that gloomy day that in mind, top officials of the US central bank have gatherd to seek more ways to pull the economy out of the session. US Middle East envoy George *  in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President ** about the conflict in subsequent ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

 

It is a critical important to cease fire extended and consolidated.

 

N** says Washington support Egypt’s efforts to mediate the troops between Israel and Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region as a clear signal of the new Obama Administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy travelled from Egypt to Israel today to listen to the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the police process. * travels next to the West bank for talks with Palestinian’s President ** on Thursday.

 

And related to develop Israeli work place have bombed smuggling tunnels near Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following an upsurg fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says its strike the tunnels today in response to Obama attacked and killed Israeli soldier Tuesday in the Gaza&Israel border. Gaza militants also fired rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwe leader Morgon* has agreed an principle to form a unity government as Peter * reports form Holry and the new government Mr. T* will be prime minister, and president * will remain ahead of state.

 

** decision to put ahead the unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African capital*. The 15 nation’s southern African development community in their meeting this week gave Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tv until met February to form a unity government, but didn’t sell out what step they would take. He said they did n’t meet the deadline. Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tv find a pariteril deal in September after the ban ruling party lost latest development for the first time since the independence from 1980, but the disagreement over the * have stall the formation of a unity government. On Friday Mr. Tv will face the movement for Democratic changes national Concil, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government.

 

That’s Peter * reporting from *

 

News report from Russia say Moscow has suspended its plan to install missiles in ** because the Obama Administration is not Russian ford with missile shield in the * and republican. The US envoy T* said Russia’s change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed. President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama’s plan to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plans to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour your  share prices are higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average are 122 points.

 

We are backward. VOA news in Washington.

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The US House of Representatives vote today on president Barak Obama’s 825 billion dollars stimulus plan. On Tuesday Mr. Obama with ** lobby the opposition republicans although democrats in the house have enough votes to pass the bill.

  We had a wonderful string of ideas. And are continue to be optimistic about our *, gets us recovery to job. Put people will back to work. * a couple of days. A number of glass is taking place all across the country, has just underscored, house appears* how urgent it is if we didn’t react .President Barak Obama speaking on Tuesday.

  House minority leader John B described the president’s plan as positive but stressed republicans have some problems with the bill . we had a very good conversation with president . He innervated his desire to work with us ,try to find common ground where we stood , there were some differences that were expressed with regard of the economic crisis package .

  Meantime a key senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars on tax cuts. The house and senate would have to reconcile the two versions of the stimulus plan before president Obama can sign it into law.

  The IMF said the US economy is shrinking faster than having been thought and will contract by 0.6 percent this year. With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US central bank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

  US middle east envoy JM in Cairo today to speak with Egypt president ** about the conflict and subsequence ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers. It is of critical importance to say the ceasefire be extended and consolidated M says the Washington supported the efforts Egypt did to mediate the troops between the Israel and Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is a clear signal of new Obama administration is committed to pursue middle east peace and stability .

   The US envoy travelled from Egypt to Israel today to listen to the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the peace process . M travels next to the west bank for talk to the Palestinian president MR on Thursday. A related ** have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza strip’s border with Egypt following up surge of fighting between Israel and Gaza militants . Israel said it struk the tunnels today in response to a bomb attack which killed the Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza and Israel border . Gaza militants also fired a rocket into the southern Israel causing new casualties.

  Zimbabwe leader ** has ** principles to form a unity government . as * reported from ** ,under the new government that ** would be the prime minister , and ** would remain head of the state .

  ** ‘s decision to push ahead with the unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the south African capital Victoria .the 15 nations southern African development community. in their meeting this week ** and ** have made February to form the unity government . but this didn’t fall out ,what it did take is it didn’t meet their deadline .

  Mr ** and ** signed a ** in signed a power-sharing deal in September after the then ruling party lost legislative elections for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980. But disagreements over the allocation of key ministries have stalled the formation of the unity government. On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will save the Movement for Democratic Change's national council, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government. That's Peta Thorneycroft reporting from Harare.    

 

  Ministry reports from Russia saying Moscow has suspended a plan to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with the missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

  The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed. President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plan to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plan is to send as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year. On Wall Street this hour year share prices are higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 122 points.

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              It is 15 hour universal time and here is the news from the voice of America.

         Im Rebecca word from the voa news center in Washington.

              The US House of Representatives vote today on President Barack Obama's 825 billion dollars stimulus plan. On Tuesday Mr.obama went to congress to lobby the opposition republicans although democrats in the house have enough votes to pass the bill.

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               President Obama speaking Tuesday.

               house minority leader john described the president meaning is positive but stress to republicans having some problems of the bill.

              "We have a very good conversation with president he reiterated his desire to work with us. Try to find common ground where we could, clearly there are some differences that we expressed with regards economic rescue package

              Meantime a key senate penal approves its version of bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts, the house and senate will have to reconcile their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr.obama can sign it into law.

              The international monetary fund says us economy is shrinking faster than it had been though and will contract by 0.6 percent this year with that gloomy date in mind, top officials said the US center bank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

         US mid-east envoy George Mitchell in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the conflict and subsequence cease-fire between Israel and Gazas Hamas rulers.

              "It is critical important said the ceasefire be extended and consolidated "

          Mitchell said Washington supports Egypts effort to mediate the truce between Israel and Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is a clear signal of the new Obama administration is committed pursuing mid east peace and stability.

              The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen to the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the () process. Mitchell traveled next to the other bank for talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

              An related development Israeli war planes have bombed smuggling tunnels in the Gaza strip border with Egypt following upsurge fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel said it struck the tunnels today responds to a bomb attack to killed Israeli soldiers Tuesday in the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza militants also fired a rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

         Zimbabwes leader Morgan Tsvangarai has agreed in principle to form a unity government as Peta reports from Harare under the new government Mr.Tsvangarai will be prime minister and President Mugabe will remain head of state.

              Morgan and Tsvangarai's decision to push ahead with the unity government but made after an emergency summit held in South Africa capital Pretoria the 15-nation Southern Africa Development Community in their meeting this week gave mr.mugabe and mr.tsvangarai until mid February to form a unity government. but did not spell out what size it would take it say did meet the deadlines.mr.mugabe and Mr.Tsvangarai signed a power-sharing deal in september after the ruling party lost legislation election for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980 but disagreements over the allegation () stalled the formation of the government. On Friday Mr.Tsvangarai will face the movement for democratic changes national council which will vote on whether to () their leaders in the unity government

         News reports from Russia say Moscow has suspended plans to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not Russian forward with missiles defense shield in Poland and Czeck Republic. The US envoy Russias change of course will be very positive step if confirmed.

              President Obama meet with the heads of four us military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan talks likely to focus on Mr.Obama's plan to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more us forces into Afghanistan, the us plan is sending as many as  30,000  additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

             On Wall Street this hour us share prices are higher, the Dow Jones industrial average up 122 points.

 

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It is 15:00 Universal Time. And here is the news from the Voice of America. I'm Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.  

 

The US House of Representatives votes today on President Barack Obama's 825-billion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to l**** the opposition Republicans. Although, Democrats in the House have enough votes to pass the bill.

 

"We had a wonderful state idea and a ***** optimistic about our ***** get this recover package ***** put people back to work. Other ***** pays the number of la*** is taking place all across the country has just under how secure recession is how urgent this really *****."  

 

President Obama speaking Tuesday. House minority leader John B describes the president's meeting as positive. The stressed Republicans have some problems to the bill.

 

"We had a very good conversation with president. He reiterated his desire to work with us.  and to try to find coming ground where we could. Clearly there are some differences. There were s*****. We'd f**** back on the rescue package."

 

Meanwhile, a key Senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and the Senate will have to recon*** their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

The International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than had been thought, and will contract by 0.6% this year.  With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US Central Bank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

 

US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak  about the conflict and subsequent ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers. 

 

"It is a critical importance that the ceasefire be extended and consolidated."

 

Mitchell says Washington supports Egypt's efforts to mediate the truce between Israel and  Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is a clear signal of the new Obama administration is com**** to pursue in Middle East peace and *****.  The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen to the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the pre-process. Mitchell travels next to the west bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. 

 

In a related development, Israeli warplanes have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following upsurgent fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it's struck the tunnels today, response to a bomb attack that killed an Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza-Israel border.  Gaza militants also fired a rocket into Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed an principle to forming a unity government. As Peta Thornycroft reports from Harare, under the new government Mr. Tsvangirai will be prime minister and President Robert Mugabe will remain head of state.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to push ahead with the unity government  was made after an  emergency summit held in the South African capital Pretoria. The Sixteen-nation Southern African Development Community in their meeting this week gave Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai until mid-February to form a unity government.  But did not spell out what step they would take if they did not meet the deadline.  Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September after the banned ruling party lost n**** lesson for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980s.  But disagreements over the an**** key***** have stored the formation of the unity government.  On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will save the movement for democratic changes national ca****, which will vote on whether to indorse the leaders in the unity government. That's Peta Thornycroft reporting from Harare.

 

News reports from Russia say Moscow has suspended the plans to ****** missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with a missile-defense shield in Poland and Czech Republic.  The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed.

 

President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plans to reduce the number of troops in Iraq, while sending more US forces into Afghanistan.  The US plans to send as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Streets this hour, US share price are higher. The Dow Jones industrial average are 122 points. 

 

Rebecca Ward VOA News in Washington.

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It is 15:00 Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I'm Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The US House of Representatives votes today on President Barack Obama's 825-bilion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats in the House haven't enough votes to pass the bill.


"We had a wonderful string of ideas. And are continue to be optimistic about our *, gets us recovery to job. Put people will back to work. * a couple of days. A number of glass is taking place all across the country, has just underscored, house appears * how * we did to react."


President Obama is speaking Tuesday.

 

House minority leader John Boehner describes the president's meaning is positive, but stressed to Republicans have some problems of the bill.


"We are in a very good conversation with the president. He reiterated his desire to work with us, to try to find common ground where we could. Clearly there are obvious some differences that were expressed with regard to the economic rescue package."


Meantime a key Senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and the Senate will have to reconcile their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

The International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than it had been thought and will contract by 0.6% this year. With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US Central Bbank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

 

US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the conflict and subsequence cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.


"It is of critical importance that the cease-fire be extended and consolidated."


Mitchell says Washington supports Egypt's efforts to mediate the truce between Israel and the Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is a clear signal of the new Obama administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen at the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the peace process. Mitchell traveles next to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

 

In a related development, Israeli warplanes have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it's struck the tunnels today, in response to a bomb attack that killed  an Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza militants also fired a rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed in principle to form a unity government. As Peta Thorneycroft reports from Harare, under the new government, Mr. Tsvangirai will be prime minister, and President Robert Mugabe will remain head of state.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to push ahead with the unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African Capital Pretoria. The 15-nation southern African Development Community in their meeting this week gave Robert Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai until mid-February to form a unity government, but did not spell out what there would take if they did not meet the deadline. Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September after the then ruling party lost legislative elections for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980. But disagreements over the allocation of key ministries have stalled the formation of the unity government. On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will save the Movement for Democratic Change's national council, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government. That's Peta Thorneycroft reporting from Harare.

 

News reports from Russia saying Moscow has suspended a plan to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with the missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed.

 

President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plans to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plan is sending as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour year share prices are higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 122 points.


Rebecca Ward, VOA News in Washington.
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It is 15:00 Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I'm Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The US House of Representatives votes today on President Barack Obama's 825-bilion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats in the House haven't enough votes to pass the bill.

 

"We had a wonderful string of ideas. And are continue to be optimistic about our donators, get this recovery back to job. Put people back to work. * a couple of days. A number of glass is taking place all across the country, has just underscored, house appears this recession is how urgent we did to react."

 

President Obama is speaking Tuesday.

 

House minority leader John Boehner describes the President's meaning is positive, but stressed to Republicans have some problems of the bill.

 

"We are in a very good conversation with the President. He reiterated his desire to work with us, to try to find common ground where we could. Clearly there are obvious some differences that were expressed with regard to the economic rescue package."

 

Meantime a key Senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and the Senate will have to reconcile their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

The International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than it had been thought and will contract by 0.6% this year. With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US Central Bbank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

 

US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the conflict and subsequence cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

 

"It is of critical importance that the cease-fire be extended and consolidated."

 

Mitchell says Washington supports Egypt's efforts to mediate the truce between Israel and the Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is a clear signal that the new Obama administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen at the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the peace process. Mitchell traveles next to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

 

In a related development, Israeli warplanes have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it's struck the tunnels today, in response to a bomb attack that killed an Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza militants also fired a rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed in principle to form a unity government. As Peta Thorneycroft reports from Harare, under the new government, Mr. Tsvangirai will be prime minister, and President Robert Mugabe will remain head of state.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to push ahead with the unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African Capital Pretoria. The 15-nation southern African Development Community in their meeting this week, gave Robert Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai until mid-February to form a unity government, but did not spell out what there would take if they did not meet the deadline. Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September after the then ruling party lost legislative elections for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980. But disagreements over the allocation of key ministries have stalled the formation of the unity government. On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will save the Movement for Democratic Change's national council, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government. That's Peta Thorneycroft reporting from Harare.

 

News reports from Russia saying Moscow has suspended a plan to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with the missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed.

 

President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plans to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plan is sending as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour year US share prices are higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 122 points.

 

Rebecca Ward, VOA News in Washington.

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It is 15:00 Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I'm Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The US House of Representatives votes today on President Barack Obama's 825-bilion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats in the House haven't votes to pass the bill.

 

"We had a wonderful string of ideas and are continue to be optimistic about our donators, gets us recovery back standoff for people at work. * a couple of days. A number of glass is taking place all across the country, has just underscored, how severe the recession is, how urgent this is yet."

 

President Obama \ speaking Tuesday.

 

House minority leader John Boehner describes the president's meaning as positive, but stressed to Republicans have some problems of the bill.

 

"We had a very good conversation with the president. He reiterated his desire to work with us, to try to find common ground where we could. Clearly there are obvious some differences that were expressed with regard to deck on the \ rescue package."

 

Meantime a key Senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and the Senate will have to reconcile their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

The International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than \ had been thought and will contract by 0.6% this year. With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US Central Bank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

 

US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo today is to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the conflict and subsequent cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

 

"It is of critical importance said to cease-fire be extended and consolidated."

 

Mitchell says Washington supports Egypt's efforts to mediate the truce between Israel and the Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is a clear signal of the new Obama administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen to the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the peace process. Mitchell travels next to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

 

In a related development, Israeli warplanes have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it struck the tunnels today, in response to a bomb attack that killed an Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza militants also fired a rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed in principle to forming a unity government. As Peta Thorneycroft reports from Harare, under the new government, Mr. Tsvangirai will be prime minister, and President Robert Mugabe will remain head of state.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to push ahead with the unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African Capital Pretoria. The 15-nation southern African Development Community in their meeting this week gave Robert Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai until mid-February to form a unity government, but did not spell out what steps would take if they did not meet the deadline. Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September after the ban ruling party lost legislative elections for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980. But disagreements over the allocation of key ministries have stalled the formation of the unity government. On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will save the Movement for Democratic Change's national council, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government. That's Peta Thorneycroft reporting from Harare.

 

News reports from Russia saying Moscow has suspended a plan to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with the missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed.

 

President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plans to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plan is to send as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour year share prices are higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 122 points.

 

Rebecca Ward, VOA News in Washington.

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It is 15:00 Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I'm Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The US House of Representatives votes today on President Barack Obama's 825-bilion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats in the House haven't enough votes to pass the bill.

 

"We had a wonderful string of ideas and are continue to be optimistic about our donators, gets us recovery back standoff for people at work. While we made some glass in a couple of days. A number of glass is taking place all across the country, has just underscored, how severe the recession is, how urgent we did to react."

 

President Obama speaking Tuesday.

 

House minority leader John Boehner describes the president's meaning as positive, but stressed to Republicans have some problems of the bill.

 

"We had a very good conversations with the president. He reiterated his desire to work with us, to try to find common ground where we could. Clearly there are obvious some differences that were expressed of regards economic rescue package."

 

Meantime a key Senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and the Senate will have to reconcile their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

The International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than  had been thought and will contract by 0.6% this year. With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US Central Bank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

 

US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo today // to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the conflict and subsequent cease-fire between Israel and Gaza Hamas rulers.

 

"It is of critical importance said to cease-fire be extended and consolidated."

 

Mitchell says Washington supports Egypt's efforts to mediate the truce between Israel and the Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is a clear signal of the new Obama administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen to the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the peace process. Mitchell travels next to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

 

In a related development, Israeli warplanes have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it struck the tunnels today, in response to a bomb attack that killed an Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza militants also fired a rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwean Leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed in principle to forming a unity government. As Peta Thorneycroft reports from Harare, under the new government, Mr. Tsvangirai will be prime minister, and President Robert Mugabe will remain head of state.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to push ahead with the unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African Capital Pretoria. The 15-nation southern African Development Community in their meeting this week gave Robert Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai until mid-February to form a unity government, but did not spell out what steps it would take if they did not meet the deadline. Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September after the ban ruling party lost legislative elections for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980. But disagreements over the allocation of key ministries have stalled the formation of the unity government. On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will save the Movement for Democratic Change's national council, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government. That's Peta Thorneycroft reporting from Harare.

 

News reports from Russia saying(say) Moscow has suspended a plan to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with the missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed.

 

President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plans to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plan is to send as many as 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour, year share prices are higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 122 points.

 

Rebecca Ward, VOA News in Washington.
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It is 15: 00 Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I'm Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The US House of Representatives votes today on President Barack Obama's 825-bilion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats in the House have enough votes to pass the bill.

 

"We had a wonderful extensive ideas, and are continuing to be optimistic about our donators, get this recovery back to agenda. Put people back to work in this last couple of days. A number of glass is taking place all across the country, has just underscored, house appears this recession is how urgent we did to react. "

 

President Obama is speaking Tuesday.

 

House Minority Leader John Boehner describes the President's meaning is positive, but stressed Republicans have some problems with the bill.

 

"We have a very good conversation with the president. He reiterated his desire to work with us, to try to find common ground where we could. Clearly there are some differences that were expressed with regard to the economic rescue package. "

 

Meantime a key Senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and the Senate will have to reconcile their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

The International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than have been thought and will contract by 0. 6% this year. With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US central bank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

 

US Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, (is) in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the conflict and subsequent cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

 

"It is of critical importance that the cease-fire be extended and consolidated. "

 

Mitchell says Washington supports Egypt's efforts to mediate the truce between Israel and Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is a clear signal that the new Obama administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen to the views of Israeli leaders on reviving a peace process. Mitchell travels next to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

 

In a related development, Israeli warplanes have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it's struck the tunnels today, in response to a bomb attack that killed an Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza militants also fired a rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed in principle to forming a unity government. As Peta Thorneycroft reports from Harare, under the new government Mr. Tsvangirai will be prime minister, and President Robert Mugabe will remain head of state.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to push ahead with a unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African capital Pretoria. The 15-nation Southern African Development Community in their meeting this week gave Robert Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai until mid-February to form a unity government, but did not spell out what steps they would take if they did not meet the deadline. Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September after the then-ruling party lost legislative elections for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980. But disagreements over the allocation of key ministries have stalled the formation of a unity government. On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will face the Movement for Democratic Change's National Council, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government. That's Peta Thorneycroft reporting from Harare.

 

News reports from Russia say Moscow has suspended a plan to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with a missile defense shield in Poland and Czech Republic. The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed.

 

President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plans to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plan is sending as many as 30, 000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour US share prices are higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 122 points.

 

Rebecca Ward, VOA News in Washington 

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It is 15: 00 Universal Time, and here is the news from the Voice of America.

 

I'm Rebecca Ward from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The US House of Representatives votes today on President Barack Obama's 825-bilion-dollar stimulus plan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama went to Congress to lobby the opposition Republicans, although Democrats in the House have enough votes to pass the bill.

 

"We had a wonderful exchange of ideas, and I continue to be optimistic about our *  to get this recovery package * , to put people back to work. Obviously the news over the last couple of days, the number of layoffs taking place all across the country has just underscored how severe this recession is, how urgent we need to react. " President Obama / speaking Tuesday.

 

House Minority Leader John Boehner describes the President's meaning is positive, but stressed Republicans have some problems with the bill.

 

"We have a very good conversation with the president. He reiterated his desire to work with us, to try to find common ground where we could. Clearly there are some differences that were expressed with regard to the economic rescue package. "

 

Meantime a key Senate panel approved its version of the bill after adding another 70 billion dollars in tax cuts. The House and the Senate will have to reconcile their two versions of the stimulus plan before Mr. Obama can sign it into law.

 

The International Monetary Fund says the US economy is shrinking faster than have been thought and will contract by 0. 6 percent this year. With that gloomy data in mind, top officials of the US central bank have gathered to seek more ways to pull the economy out of recession.

 

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell is in Cairo today to speak with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak about the conflict and subsequent cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

 

"It is of critical importance that the cease-fire be extended and consolidated. "

 

Mitchell says Washington supports Egypt's efforts to mediate a truce between Israel and Hamas militants. He says his visit to the region is a clear signal that the new Obama administration is committed to pursuing Middle East peace and stability. The US envoy traveled from Egypt to Israel today to listen to the views of Israeli leaders on reviving the peace process. Mitchell travels next to the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

 

In a related development, Israeli warplanes have bombed smuggling tunnels near the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, following an upsurge in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. Israel says it's struck the tunnels today, in response to a bomb attack that killed an Israeli soldier Tuesday near the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza militants also fired a rocket into southern Israel today causing no casualties.

 

Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed in principle to forming a unity government. As Peta Thorneycroft reports from Harare, under the new government Mr. Tsvangirai will be prime minister, and President Robert Mugabe will remain head of state.

 

Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to push ahead with a unity government was made after an emergency summit held in the South African capital Pretoria. The 15-nation Southern African Development Community in their meeting this week gave Robert Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai until mid-February to form a unity government, but did not spell out what steps they would take if they did not meet the deadline.

 

Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September after the then-ruling party lost legislative elections for the first time since independence from Britain in 1980. But disagreements over the allocation of key ministries have stalled the formation of a unity government. On Friday, Mr. Tsvangirai will face the Movement for Democratic Change's National Council, which will vote on whether to endorse their leaders in a unity government. That's Peta Thorneycroft reporting from Harare.

 

News reports from Russia say Moscow has suspended a plan to install missiles in Kaliningrad, because the Obama administration is not rushing forward with a missile defense shield in Poland and Czech Republic. The US envoy to NATO said Russia's change of course will be a very positive step if confirmed.

 

President Obama meets with the heads of the four US military services today to discuss strategies for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Talks are likely to focus on Mr. Obama's plans to reduce the number of troops in Iraq while sending more US forces into Afghanistan. The US plan is sending as many as 30, 000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year.

 

On Wall Street this hour US share prices are higher, the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 122 points.

 

Rebecca Ward, VOA News in Washington 

 

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