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WORLD NEWS - 00:30 UTC, March 16th, 2011

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http://www.unsv.com/voanews/specialenglish/scripts/2011/03/16/0030/


It is zero hour thirty Universal Time and here is the news in Special English.

Japanese television reports that government officials are saying 3,000 people are confirmed dead from the powerful earthquake that struck Friday. Officials say more than 10,000 are still missing. They are rushing doctors and supplies to thousands of people without food, water or shelter after the quake. Also a new fire has started at the earthquake damaged Fukushima nuclear energy center. The center’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, says the fire started early Wednesday in the same reactor that caught fire Tuesday. Officials say that earlier fire was put out. The government has removed 200,000 people from the area because of fears that radiation will leak from the center.

50 workers at the Fukushima nuclear energy center have remained on the job in an effort to prevent a bore severe radiation leak. The 50 are dressed in protective clothing. Radiation in the center has already reached levels harmful to human health. The workers are trying to put water into the nuclear reactors. The center’s cooling system failed after Friday’s powerful earthquake struck Honshu Island. Experts say a meltdown or complete failure of the nuclear center could release several kinds of radioactive substances into the atmosphere.

The United Nations Security Council is considering a version of a resolution that would place a no-fly zone over Libya. Britain, France and Lebanon proposed the resolution Tuesday. The no-fly zone would ban all flights from entering Libyan airspace. It is aimed at preventing Libyan military jets from attacking civilians and rebels. The Arab League has already supported such a measure. France and Britain are the strongest supporters for a no-fly zone. But China and Russia, 2 permanent council members, oppose it.

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told Egyptians this moment in history belongs to them. Secretary Clinton spoke in Cairo with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby. Ms. Clinton also said the United States stands ready to support Egyptians who have overcome difficulties to follow the dream of democracy. She is holding meetings to urge Egypt’s temporary government to move forward with democratic reforms.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have demonstrated in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They are calling for a settlement between the competing governments of the 2 territories. The demonstrations were organized on the website Facebook by a group calling itself March 15th youth. Demonstrators carried signs urging Hamas which rules Gaza and the Fatah-led government of the West Bank to end their fight. The territories have had separate governments since Hamas drove Fatah forces out of the Gaza Strip in 2007. Hamas and Fatah officials approved the demonstrations but did not take part. The organizers demanded that party politics not play a part in the events.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Bahraini officials say at least 2 people were killed in the street battles between opposition activists and security forces. Hundreds of others were injured. The battles took place as the government declared emergency rule in an effort to end opposition protests. Medical workers say 1 man died Tuesday in a clash with police in the town of Sitra . And in a separate incident the government says a security forces member died after being struck by a car driven by a protester. Hospital workers say hundreds of other people were hurt in fighting around Bahrain.

Prices in many major stock markets around the world fell sharply Tuesday. The United States stock measures, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and S&P500 both lost about 1%. Prices dropped in European markets also. Britain’s Financial Times 100 Index fell more than 1% while Germany’s DAX fell over 3%. Earlier in Japan, the Nikki Index fell almost 11%, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost almost 3%.

The United States House of Representatives has passed another short term spending bill to keep the government operating for another 3 weeks. The continuing resolution includes 6 billion dollars in cuts to government programs. The Senate must approve the bill by Friday when the current bill fending the government ends. Soon after the vote, the Obama administration urged Democrats and Republicans to come together to solve their differences over the budget in a sensible way.

Witnesses in Abidjan Ivory Coast say at least 4 people have been killed in political fighting. The violence is between supporters of the 2 men claiming the country’s presidency. The witnesses say a group of armed men opened fire on security forces Tuesday. It is not clear if the dead were supporters of current President Laurent Gbagbo or opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara. The United Nations recognizes Mr. Ouattara as the winner of Ivory Coast’s presidential election last year. Mr. Gbagbo has refused to give up power to Mr. Ouattara.

The United States Space Agency, NASA, has signed a deal with Russia’s Space Agency to take astronauts to the international space station. The contract states that Russian spacecraft will transport 12 astronauts on its Soyuz spacecraft between 2014 and 2016. 6 NASA astronauts are to travel to the space station for 6 months. The contract is valued at 753 million dollars.

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

Japanese television reports say 3,000 people are confirmed dead from the powerful earthquake that struck Friday. The UN Security Council is considering a version of a resolution that would place a no-fly zone over Libya. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States stands ready to support Egyptians who have overcome difficulties to follow the dream of democracy.

That's the news in Special English.

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我虽然没有试着去听写,但是你能写出来,就让我很是佩服!我也会慢慢试着练习听写。支持你,希望你能坚持下去。

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1楼 作者:Snail 创建:2011年3月20日

我虽然没有试着去听写,但是你能写出来,就让我很是佩服!我也会慢慢试着练习听写。支持你,希望你能坚持下去。

谢谢Snail的支持!让我们一起坚持吧!会有更多收获的!

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