IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.
from the one hundred ninety-two members of the United Nations gathered in New
York this week for the new General Assembly.
A big subject, not surprisingly,
was the financial crisis on Wall Street that has restricted the flow of credit.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for urgent action to calm financial
markets. He also called for new international groups to supervise markets in
Bush discussed his financial rescue plan in his eighth and final speech to the
General Assembly on Tuesday. In that speech, he also urged the world community
to unite against terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons.
Bush said Iran is among the few remaining countries that support terrorism. And
he said its nuclear program, along with that of North Korea, demands world
attention. In his words: "We must not relent until our people are safe
from this threat to civilization."
President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad spoke a few hours later. He said Iran, like other
countries, has a right to peaceful nuclear energy. He said a few world powers
were "bullying" Iran through political and economic pressure.
Security Council has already passed three resolutions on Iran over its
suspected nuclear weapons program. The five permanent council members and
Germany met privately on Friday and agreed on a new resolution.
proposal does not include any new restrictions. Instead, it restates support
for offering to help Iran if it halts uranium enrichment -- and to take
additional steps if Iran refuses.
the United Nations this week, governments and private groups promised sixteen
billion dollars to reduce poverty, hunger and disease worldwide. Diplomats said
that was more than anyone had expected. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called it
"all the more remarkable because it comes against a backdrop of financial
money is to meet U.N. goals to reduce poverty and improve education and health
care in the developing world by two thousand fifteen. Three billion dollars
will go to a new plan to end malaria in Africa by two thousand fifteen.
leaders also called for action on rising food and fuel prices and climate
those urging greater action on global warming was the president of Sao Tome and
Principe, Fradique Bandera Melo de Menezes. In the last ten years, he said,
ocean waves have begun to flood coastal roads in his island nation off the
coast of West Africa.
another subject, Iraqi President Jalal Talibani discussed security gains in
Iraq. He said his government aims to take over security responsibilities for
all of Iraq by the end of this year. He urged other nations to open diplomatic
offices in Iraq. And he urged them to drop all sanctions and financial claims
remaining from the days of Saddam Hussein.
that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English -- online at voaspecialenglish.com.
I'm Steve Ember.