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WORLD NEWS –March 7, 2011

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Written by Voice of America.

It is 00:30 universal time and here is the news in special English.

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadaffi have launched airstrikes and are fighting with rebel forces advancing from the eastern part of the country. Government forces pushed the rebels out of the town of Bin Jawad on Sunday. A VOA reporter who visited the town of Ras Lanuf said some rebels were regrouping there after fighting in Bin Jawad. The rebels say they are going to continue fighting until they get to Mr. Gadaffi’s hometown of Sirte and then to the Capital Tripoli. Forces loyal to Mr. Gadaffi remain in control of Sirte. People in the rebel held town of Misrata told news agencies by telephone that government guns and tanks were attacking on Sunday. In Tripoli, heavy gunfire started early Sunday and continued for at least two hours. The United Nations is calling on Libya to permit it to enter the rebel held western city of Misrata. U.N. emergency aid official Valerie Amos people are injured and dying and need immediate help. She called on all sites in the conflict to make sure that civilians are protected from harm. U.N. humanitarian aid officials said the Red Crescent Society in Benghazi reported that Libyan government forces are attacking Misrata. It said the Red Crescent is trying to get emergency vehicles to Misrata from Triipoli to collect the dead and injured.

A British diplomatic team that reportedly includes Special Forces has left Libya after being held by rebels. The team was held near the rebel controlled eastern town of Benghazi. Britain says the team left Sunday after exercising what Britain called difficulties. Britain didn’t confirm the presence of British Special Forces. However, the British foreign secretary said his government would soon send another delegation to Libya to meet with rebels. Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper reported the rebels said they failed that Libyan leader Moammar Gadaffi might use the presence of western forces as propaganda against the rebels.

There are reports of violent clashes in Ivory Coast between supporters of the country’s two opposing presidents. The fighting is c entered in the town near the border with Liberia. Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has rejected international pressure to surrender power to Alassane Ouattara. Mr. Ouattara is widely recognized as the winner of the Ivorian presidential election last November. The United Nations says the related violence has killed at least 365 people since then. An African Union committee has invited the opposing Ivorian leaders to meet for talks in Ethiopia on Thursday. Mr. Ouattara has agreed. There has been no answer from Laurent Gbagbo.

Saudi Arabia ’s top clergymen have barred public protests. The Saudi council of Clerics declared Sunday the public protests violate Sharia or Islamic law. On Saturday, the Saudi Interior Ministry also declared public protests illegal. More than 100 Saudi professors, activists and business leaders have called for major reforms in the country. One of the proposals calls for rule by constitution and king, not just king. The reformers also want members of the country’s government advisory group to be elected instead of appointed.

The new Prime Minister of Egypt Essam Sharaf named a temporary government Sunday. His dismissal, a former Mubarak cabinet official meets some of the demands of reformers. Also in Cairo Sunday, large groups of armed men attacked demonstrators gathered at the Interior Ministry. The attackers used knives, firebombs and rocks to force the protestors away. The demonstrators were demanding reform of the government security services. In the past two days, protestors have broken into 11 state security offices. They seized documents they save are evidence of abuse by security forces. The protestors say they feared security officers might try to destroy the documents.

The President of Afghanistan has told the commander of NATO forces in the country that his apology for Afghan civilian deaths is not enough. Hamid Karzai spoke during a meeting of his security advisors. NATO commander General David Petraeus attended the meeting. He again apologized for the killing of 9 Afghan boys during a NATO airstrike in Kunar province last Tuesday. Mr. Karzai said civilian losses are the main cause of bad relations between the United States and Afghanistan. He said the losses and injuries are no longer acceptable. The boys were collecting firewood when they were killed. NATO says the boys were mistaken for militants. The deaths led to protests in the Afghan Capital, Kabul on Sunday. Also on Sunday, 12 civilians were killed and 9 wounded in a bomb explosion in Paktika province.

Iraqi officials say a bomb buried near a road has killed 6 people and wounded 12 others in the southern city of Basra. Officials say the bomb attacked Sunday was intended for an American military group. But it hit a bus instead. Women and children were among the victims. But the number is not clear.

Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for reform and development in Tibet as a way of keeping peace and order in the Himalayan area. President met in Beijing Sunday with a delegation of Communist Party’s leaders from Tibet. Local party Chief Zhang Qili said Tibet is still facing what he called serious opposition from separatists. Three years after deadly riots in the capital Lhasa. The official Xin Hua news agency reports Mr. Zhang said officials and public must always be on guard against anything that will threaten peace in the country. He said the majority of Tibetan people are unwilling to suffer from social unrest.

And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour.

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadaffi have launched airstrikes and are fighting with rebel moving toward Tripoli.

A British diplomatic team that reportedly includes Special Forces has left Libya after being held by rebels.

And in Saudi Arabia , clergy leaders have barred public protests as a violation of Islamic law.

That’s the news in VOA special English from Washington.

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