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I am David Deforest, from the VOA news center in Washington.

Turkey says it has sent troops across the border into northern Iraq to attack Kurdish rebels. The Turkish military said today the operation started Thurday night following air and artillery strikes against suspected rebel positions inside Iraq. Turkey's officials are not reporting any casualties, but a spokesman for the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party says two soldiers were killed and 8 wounded. Turkey's television reports say ten thousands of troops were involved.

Iraqi radical cleric M  has extended for another 6 months of ceasefire that has played a large part of  reducing voilence in the country. Cleric loyal to Als announced the extended truce between M army militia and US and Iraqi forces during Friday prayers.  US officials say the ceasefire has been an important element in reducing violence in Iraq by 60% since June.

Iran says it expects a new UN report to be positive and show the world Iran is pursuing a nuclear program for peaceful purposes.
UN nuclear agency chief M  is due to release the report about Iran's past nuclear activities later today. Iran says it is developing nuclear technology to generate electricity. I has built two nuclear power plants and that  another associate is expected to put in later this year. The US sent a line accusing Iran of trying to master techology to build nuclear weapons. On Thurday, France and Britain formally introduced a resolution to UN security council, seeking a third round of economic and trade sanctions against Iran.

Demacratic party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama faced off on the debate  Thurday in the US state of Texas. VOA's Greek Friks has report from Houston.

The debate on the campus of university Texas, Austin was marked by view-contentious moments. One came when Senator Obama was asked about charges that he had stolen phrases from a speech by Massachusetts governor D P. "one pushing that I have plagiarized  from someone who is one of national cultures who gave me the line that suggests to use "  " When you look at what we face in this country, we do need to unite the county. But we have to be united for an purpose around very specific goals. Clinton once held a large lead here in Texas and in Ohio, the other large state who holds her primary in March 4th. But Obama has one, the last ten contests in a row and he has now polled even with her polls. Clinton needs wins in both states or to remain viable. Greek Friks, VOA news, Houston.

Venezuelan authorities say they have found wreckage of a passenge plane that had 46 people on board when it crashed in a mountain west of Venezuela. Authorities say  rescues are under search by helicopters of spot of the wrecked today in the mountain area near the city of Marida. They say they do not believe there are any survivors. The twin enginine plane had taken off Thurday from the radar on a flight to the capital Caracas and was  operated by Santa Barbara, a small Venezuelan airline that covers demestic routes.

The United States has formally protested to Seibia over what US said was inadequate security at US embassy in Belgrade. The protest came after the facility was attacked and partly burst by demonstrators, protesting  US support for Kosovo's declaration of independence.

A top African Union official pushed today for a quick resolution of Kenya's post-election crisis. The chairman of African Union Commission Z P held talks in the capital Nairobi today with president Mwai Kibaki and leaders of Democratic Orange Movement.  P later told reporters he is confident talks between the two sides are moving in a right direction, but said next few days are crucial for finalizing an agreement.

Cio lion war crime court has rejected an appeal from three former rebel leaders to reduce their decades-long prison sentence for atrociousness committed during the country's civil war. The judge in C L the court could find  no reason to interfere with the links of sentences against Alex T, S G and B T.

I am David Deforest, VOA news. More news on the internet at voanews.com.

 

 

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