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[Homework]BBC 2010-03-20

BBC news with Mary Small.

  With a clock ticking-down towards a crucial vote, President Obama has made a further strong bid for support for his health care reforms. A plan is becoming a defining issue of Mr. Obama’s presidency. It’s expected to be put to a congressional vote this weekend. At rally outside Washington the President said it’s a combination of century struggle.


I do know the impact it will have on the millions of Americans who need our help and millions more who may not need the help right now, but a year from now, five years from now and ten years from now, my answer is the time for reform’s men. We have waited long enough, we have waited long enough and in just few days, a century -long struggle will() in a historical vote.

Republicans are united an opposition to the plan. More than 20 democrats have said they will vote against. Mr. Obama’s critics say it runs counter to America’s free market principles.

Switzerland has halted deportation flights for failed asylums seekers, pending an inquiry into a death of Nigerian man at Zurich airport. The Nigerian who had been convicted of drugs offences died on the tarmac as police were attempting to put him on the flight back to Lagos. Police said they shackled him because he was violent. He‘s reportedly on hunger strike.

The international middle-east quarter just called for Israel to freeze all settlement activity. After meeting in Moscow, the quarter including the UN, United States, the European Union and Russia condemned Israeli plan to build new homes in Occupied East Jerusalem. But the East Palestine negotiator…welcomed to the statement but urged action.

It is time for the quartet to move from the borders of the papers and statement stalls. Finding…..,what we need to see is Israeli compliance. So far we have seen Israeli defiance of the quartet’s call.

The Israeli Foreign Minister Avider Lieberman said it harmed the chances of peace. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the BBC she expected the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver on his promise that he is committed to peace.

Hollywood and Indian film makers have joined forces to tackle film piracy in India. They will work with cinemas to take stronger actions against pirates copy new films with camcorders. Electron Neil Smith reports.

The new alliance brings together seven Indian companies with the Motion Picture Association of America. Its aim to help reduce the estimated 1 billion dollars lost in revenue each year to film piracy. They work closely with cinemas to prevent the copying of films with camcorders. Consumers in India are said to buy around 700 million piracy DVDs each year as many as 90% of them, they were all people sitting in cinemas and secretly() movies to copy and sell on.

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A judge in New York has sentenced a leading member of the Columbian FARC rebel movement to more than 20 years in prison for conspiring to import thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the United States.
() who was extradited to the US in 2007 had pleaded guilty in December. US prosecutors have accused the left-wing FARC rebels of being responsible for producing more than a half of the world's cocaine supply.

TheVatican is publishing its first public document on the sexual abuse of children by priests. Pope Benedict has written a pastoral letter to Roman Catholics in Ireland. The letter to be published on Saturday has expected to set out new guidelines, covering the prevention and punishment of child abuse. From Rome, here is David Willey.

The Pope decided to write a pastoral letter to the Catholic face of Ireland after meeting the 26 Irish bishops whom he summoned to Rome last month to report on the
() priest scandal there. But since then, evidence of surveys of similar scandals in several other countries including the Pope's homeland Germany and taboo that's endured for decades has been broken. And the Vatican is now taking a much harder line than in the past, recommending a zero tolerance attitude adopted by American bishops after widespread cases of sexual abuse of children by priests in the United States.

Some news just in. We are getting reports of an Israeli air strike in southern Gaza. The French news agency quotes Palestinian medical officials as saying Israeli planes hit a disused airport, injuring three people.

A controversial law designed to increase patriotism in Slovakia has been vetoed by President Ivan
(). The law drafted by a radical nationalist party would have required all schools to display symbols of Slovak identity and for them to play the national ()for every week. The bill was originally introduced to a response to a perceived growth in anti-Slovak() in Hungary.

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