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From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Dave DeForest reporting.

Tensions ease on the Korean peninsula: South Korea agreed Tuesday to halt propaganda broadcasts into North Korea after the North expressed "regret" about a recent land mine explosion that maimed two Southern soldiers. The agreement, reached after 30 hours of negotiations, defused the latest confrontation on the Korean peninsula that had threatened to turn into a military conflict.

Worries about a slowdown in the rate of increase in China's growing economy is fueling a drop in stock and oil prices around the world. In Asia, Shanghai's stock index plunged more than 8 percent.  Markets were down in Europe and the U.S. as well.

Three Americans and a Briton who tackled gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani on a train Friday were awarded France's highest medal. Lisa Bryant takes a look.

"French President Francois Hollande pinned the medals on the polo shirts of Americans Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, and on the suit of Briton Chris Norman. Mr. Hollande embraced the four men and saluted them for their courage. The French President also saluted the other passengers who helped to raise the alarm and subdue gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani, who the president described as a terrorist. Lisa Bryant, Paris."

Health officials in Sierra Leone released the country's last confirmed Ebola patient from a hospital Monday.  The release of the patient begins a 42-day countdown to begin declared free of the virus. Adama Sankoh left an Ebola treatment center on the outskirts of the city of Makeni after receiving her second negative test resultThis is VOA news.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called new parliamentary elections, after a deadline passed for forming a government with the opposition. The moveannounced Monday, was widely expected after two months of coalition talks failed to produce a new government. The statement did not say when the new election will be held, but government officials have previously said it likely will take place November 1.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Monday in Tehran that international sanctions against Iran could be eased as soon as next March. The top British diplomat says Iran and the United States could endorse the accord by October.  Britain and Iran reopened embassies in London and Tehran Sunday.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech Monday in Las Vegas that focuses on cleaning up the country's energy production.  The president will offer the keynote address Monday at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada.

The head of the Syrian government's department of antiquities says Islamic State militants have blown up an iconic Roman-era temple in the historic desert oasis of Palmyra. Edward Yeranian reports.

 "Syrian state TV announced the destruction of the well-known temple of Baal Shamin Monday, quoting government antiquities chief Ma'amoun Abdul Karim.  Islamic State militants blew up the temple, which they rigged with explosives, damaging nearby stone columns. Word of the temple's destruction follows the recent killing of Palmyra's long-time archeological chief, Khaled al Assad.  Photos of his headless body strung up to a lamp post were posted on social media. Edward Yeranian, Cairo."

Thousands of troops marched Monday in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, to mark the 24th anniversary of the country's independence from the former Soviet Union. Veterans of the government's ongoing campaign against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine were cheered by throngs of civilians.  

A Sudanese migrant who walked the length of the Channel Tunnel from France to Britain has pleaded not guilty to charges in a British court. Abdul Haroun entered the plea on a charge of obstructing the use of a railway. Haroun was arrested August 4 after spending as much as 12 hours walking along the tracks in the dark as high speed trains passed by.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met privately for lunch with President Barack Obama on Monday as speculation mounts about a possible Biden candidacy for president. If Biden were to join the race for the Democratic Party nomination, he would face another key official from Mr. Obama's White House tenure, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  

From the VOA news center in Washington, Im Dave DeForest. Thats the latest world news from VOA.

Key Phrases/Words
parliamentary election:议会选举
coalition talk:联合会谈
endorse v.支票的背书,签名,签署,批准
blow up v.(使) 爆炸, 产生, 爆发, 发怒
strung v.( string的过去式和过去分词 ) 装弦于,上弦
throngs of 成群的,挤满的
obstruct v.阻碍, 阻止, 阻塞, 堵塞 
speculation n.投机活动, 投机买卖, 思考, 推断
candidacy for 候选人资格