Chinese Vice-president Xi Jinping is in Turkey for three days of talks about the violence in Syria and other issues. China and Turkey are deeply divided about the situation in Syria. A Turkish newspaper says Mr. Xi praised Turkish efforts to settle conflicts in the Middle East. But, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned China and Russia for rejecting a United Nations resolution on Syria. The resolution calls for the Syrian president to surrender power.
Yemen has been counting votes from an election created to confirm Vice-president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi as the country's new leader. Mr. Hadi is the only candidate in the election. Yemeni officials said many people voted Tuesday in the capital Sana'a. People there and in several other cities said they hope Mr. Hadi's election will end unrest in the country. But, voting was cut short in the southern city of Aden. Separatists seized ballot boxes and exchanged gunfire with security forces. Medical officials said nine people including a child were killed in vote-related violence in the south. The one-candidate election is part of a plan to end the thirty-three year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemenis have been protesting against him for over a year.
Iran says a visiting team of top United Nations nuclear officials will not inspect Iran's nuclear centers. Instead, a foreign ministry official said the purpose of the visit is to develop a plan for talks and cooperation between Iran and the UN's nuclear agency. The International Atomic Energy Agency team arrived in Tehran Monday for a two-day visit. Its leader, Herman Nackaerts, said his main goal is to learn whether Iran's nuclear program is for military purposes. Israel and Western powers accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iranian officials say the country's nuclear program is peaceful.
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Euro-zone finance ministers have approved a new one hundred seventy-two billion dollar rescue loan for Greece. It is the second for Greece in two years. The financial rescue could reduce the Greek government debt to about one hundred twenty percent of the size of the Greek economy by twenty twenty. That is the top debt level considered sustainable by the International Monetary Fund. It also lets Greece pay next month on nineteen billion dollars in debt payments. Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos called the loan agreement historic and said it gives his country a new chance to help its economy.
The most closely watched measure of American stocks rose above thirteen thousand on Tuesday. It was the first time the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached that level since May two thousand eight. The Dow Jones Industrials reached thirteen thousand in late morning trading, before falling back. It closed at twelve thousand nine hundred sixty-six.
Nigerian forces have increased security at a market where gunmen killed up to thirty civilians on Monday. The military confirmed the violence in the city of Maiduguri but denied any civilian deaths. It said eight militants were killed in shootings that followed the attack. However, the militant group Boko Haram said none of its members were killed. A man claiming to represent the group said the market was attacked because traders had given a suspected Boko Haram member to officials. One trader told VOA that many innocent people had died and that traders will no longer help Nigerian security forces.
The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, celebrated his eighty-eighth birthday Tuesday by speaking to reporters. Mr. Mugabe said he does not plan to leave office anytime soon. He also announced plans to call elections this year. The President said he is not yet ready to stop working and that in his words he can still go some distance. He also said Zimbabwe must have elections this year and that he will do what it takes to make sure they would happen. To hold elections, Mr. Mugabe will have to withdraw from a four-year-old agreement that created a power-sharing government. Mr. Mugabe has been in power since Zimbabwe became independent in nineteen eighty.
Venezuela's president says he needs another operation to fight cancer. Hugo Chavez announced Tuesday that doctors had found a two-centimeter-long cancer near his hip. Doctors removed cancer from the same area last year. Mr. Chavez is fifty-seven years old. He is seeking a third term as president. The voting will take place in October.
Syrian forces killed sixty-three people Tuesday in attacks on northern villages and heavy shelling in the city of Homs. Yemen has been counting votes from an election created to confirm Vice-president Hadi as the country's new leader. And, European finance ministers have approved a new one hundred seventy-two billion dollar loan for Greece.
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