From Washington, here is the news in VOA Special English.
A suicide bomber has killed at least twelve people in an attack on a small bus carrying foreigners in Kabul. Police say nine foreign workers, their Afghan driver and two other Afghans died in the attack on Tuesday. The bomber set off a car filled with explosives near the bus on the highway to the Kabul airport. The Foreign Ministry of South Africa said eight of the dead were South Africans. The Afghan rebel group Hezb-i-Islami claimed responsibility for the attack. The group said it sent a female bomber to answer an anti-Islam movie that has incited protests around the world. And in related news, NATO confirmed to VOA that it is reducing joint operations with Afghan security forces. A series of attacks on coalition fighters has taken place in recent days.
In the United States, the Republican party's presidential candidate is explaining words he spoke to his financial supporters that were secretly video-recorded in May. Mitt Romney was shown dismissing supporters of President Obama. He said “forty-seven percent of Americans do not pay federal income taxes, but believe they should receive health care, food and housing.” He says, “They do not want to take responsibility for their lives.” After the video's release, Mr. Romney said he was trying to show his differences with the president. He said Tuesday that he should have used different words to say what he meant. And, he said he would continue to fight for smaller government.
Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says a democratic future for Burma is not guaranteed until the army fully supports the process. She was interviewed Tuesday at the Voice of America in Washington. She says she is most worried about a part of Burma's constitution that lets the army take control of the country when it believes it is necessary to do so. The constitution was written in two thousand eight by the former military leadership. She said President Thein Sein deserves credit for starting democratic reforms after taking office last year. Since then, the government has released hundreds of political prisoners. And on Monday, the government announced it will release five hundred more people who have been jailed during fifty years of military rule.
Nigerian officials say they believe Boko Haram militants killed the nation's former prison chief and the top legal official of Borno state. The men died after separate attacks late Monday. Security officials say gunmen shot former prison official Ibrahim Jarma in northern Bauchi state. Officials say Mr. Jarma was attacked after attending evening prayers at a religious center near his home in the town of Azare. Borno state government officials say armed men attacked Nigeria's attorney general Zannah Mallam Gana in his home in the town of Bama. The attacks took place hours after Nigerian troops claimed to have killed a suspected spokesperson for Boko Haram. But, there is no confirmation the spokesman has died. And, Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for the killings of the two officials.
A Somali commander says government and African Union troops have destroyed al-Shabaab's defenses in the port city of Kismayo. A Somali military officer spoke with VOA from the battle area on Tuesday. He said pro-government forces were in a village about sixty kilometers from Kismayo and planned to enter the city within two days. Kismayo is the largest area of Somalia that is still controlled by al-Shabab. Witnesses say al-Shabaab fighters began leaving Kismayo and moving heavy weapons to nearby towns on Sunday. Kismayo is important to al-Shabaab because it is on the coast. And, it has areas nearby where the group trains its fighters. The al-Qaida-linked group has lost control of many areas since pro-government Kenyan and Ethiopian forces launched attacks last year.
A court in France has banned the French magazine Closer from publishing any more photographs that show Britain's Duchess of Cambridge undressed. The court also ordered the magazine to give it all digital copies of the pictures. The court says the magazine will have to pay a financial penalty of thirteen thousand dollars for every day it does not give the court the photographs. Last week, the magazine published photographs showing Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate on vacation in southern France. They apparently did not know they were being photographed. The court's decision will not affect other media outlets who published the pictures. British media have agreed not to use the images but the pictures have been printed by publications in Ireland and Italy.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is taking steps to protect American diplomats worldwide. In the United States, Republican party presidential candidate Mitt Romney is explaining his secretly recorded criticisms of President Obama's supporters. And in a VOA interview, Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said a democratic future for Burma is not guaranteed until the army fully supports the process. That's the news.