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WORLD NEWS - 00:30 UTC, March 18th, 2011

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

The United Nations Security Council has approved a flight ban over Libya to protect civilians and rebels from Libyan government air strikes. 10 countries voted for the no-fly zone. Brazil, China, Germany, India and Russia withheld their vote. The resolution permits UN members to take all necessary actions to protect civilians. It bans all flights over Libya and calls for an immediate ceasefire. Thousands of people in the rebel held city of Bengahzi reacted to news of the vote with cheers and fireworks. Before the vote, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi warned rebels in Bengahzi to surrender or face attack. He said his forces will show no mercy and search every home for those he called traitors.

Japanese engineers have worked all night trying to restore electricity to the Fukushima nuclear center. The electricity will permit works to restart water pumps to cool nuclear reactors at the center. The International Atomic Energy Agency says the situation at the Fukushima nuclear center is very serious. But the IAEA said the problems have not become worse in the past 24 hours. IAEA official Graham Andrew spoke to reporters in Vienna. He said radiation levels have reason a lot in some areas as much as 30 kilometers from Fukushima. But he said radiation levels in Tokyo were well below those considered dangerous to human health.

The United States House of Representatives has rejected a resolution calling for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year. The vote was 321 to 93. The House rejected a similar measure last year. The resolution expresses the opinion of lawmakers and has no legal effects.

Pakistan ’s army chief has strongly condemned an American air strike in the country’s northwest tribe area that killed 38 people. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said missiles struck a meeting of tribe leaders in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan. He said the attack killed innocent civilians and was unjustified. But Pakistani intelligence officials said those killed in the strike were militants. Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadar has said to control the Datta Khel area. Militants loyal to him often enter Afghanistan from Pakistan to fight international forces. Officials say one of his chief supporters Sharabat Khan was at the meeting when the missiles struck. But it is not known if Khan was killed.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Opposition members in Bahrain say they will continue to peacefully protest against the government although the government is using force against them. A group of opposition leaders told the French news agency AFP they will not surrender to the army or be forced into a fight with police. Bahraini officials arrested at least 6 opposition leaders after security forces drove pro-democracy protesters out of the center of Manama, the capital. Officials say communicating with foreign countries is among the charges against the opposition leaders. Tuesday the government declared a 3-month state of emergency in an effort to end a month of protests.

Opposition lawmakers in India say the government should resign after reports that the ruling party made secret payments to lawmakers. The congress party is accused of paying lawmakers to vote in support of the government in 2008. The opposition made its demands after an Indian newspaper published an American diplomatic communication released on the WikiLeaks website. The document reportedly told of an incident between an American diplomat and a congress party official. It said the party paid more than 2 million dollars to each of 4 lawmakers to support the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Congress party officials and the official have denied this.

Sri Lanka has held its first local elections in 2 years on Thursday. Officials estimate that about 55% of the people who are permitted to vote did so. The voting was mostly peaceful. One person was killed and several were hurt in fighting related to the election. Voting results are expected Friday. Police in the poll have arrested a former government minister. On Wednesday, the country’s Supreme Court found Chiranjivi Wagle of corruption. Wagle was arrested at his home after being sentence to 18-month in prison and find 550,000 dollars. Wagle is the leader of the main opposition party. He has denied any wrongdoing. He is the highest level Nepalese politician to be convicted of corruption. He held important government positions between 1990 and 2002.

Thousands of protesters have gathered in Armenia’s capital Yerevan to demand the resignation of the government. Protesters also call for new elections and the release of political prisoners. Opponents of President Serz Sargsyan control the main square of Yerevan. Security forces deployed to stop the protesters withdrew. The protesters accused the government of corruption. They said people were put on trail for political reasons after the unrest that followed the disputed election in 2008. Former Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrossian spoke to the protesters and called for a change in the country.

The United Nations says soldiers loyal to Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo have shelled a market in Abidjan killing at least 25 people. At least 40 others were wounded. The shells landed in a market in the Abobo area of the city. Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara control that area.

And now, here again is the major news.

The United Nations Security Council has approved a flight ban over Libya to protect civilians from government air strikes. Japanese engineers have worked all night trying to restore electricity to the Fukushima nuclear center in an effort to cool down its damaged reactors. And opposition members in Bahrain say they will continue to peacefully protest against the government.

T hat’s the news in VOA Special English.

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