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WORLD NEWS - March 19th, 2011

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It is zero hour thirty Universal Time. It is Friday in America, now the news in VOA Special English. I’m Christopher Cruise reporting live from Washington.

President Obama has warned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to order his forces to stop attacking the Libyan people. If nothing happens, Mr. Obama says, Mr. Gaddafi would face military action. The president spoke at the White House on Friday. He announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will fly to Paris Saturday to lead the international effort against Libya. Mr. Obama said thousands of people could die if Mr. Gaddafi is not forced to withdraw his troops from rebel positions. He said the United States will not deploy troops to fight in Libya but he said America will help its allies and force a no-fly zone over parts of Libya if needed.

The Libyan government has declared any immediate ceasefire in its offensive against rebels. The government also says it is ready to open contacts with the rebels. The announcement came one day after the United Nations Security Council approved the resolution that bars air traffic in Libyan airspace. The American ambassador to the UN says Libya is already in violation of the resolution. Susan Rice spoke to CNN television.

In Libya, government troops continue moving toward the rebel held city of Bengahzi. A Libyan deputy foreign Minister said late Friday that government forces do not plan to enter the city. Earlier, President Obama urged Libya to withdraw its troops from positions near rebel control their areas. He urged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to stop attacks on civilians and let humanitarian aid agencies enter the country.

At least 4 people are confirmed dead after protests in Syria. Witnesses say the deaths were in the southwestern city of Deraa near the border with Jordan. Syrian government media say some people damaged property and set fires in an effort to incite unrest. Media reports say security forces intervened to protect citizens. The reports said a second demonstration took place in the coastal town of Banyas. Western news reports say there was a third protest north of the capital Damascus. The reports say thousands of people attend the demonstrations nationwide. Protests have taken place over the past few days in Syria. activists have called for release the political prisoners and more freedoms.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has declared emergency rule in the country. He took the action after several protesters were killed at an anti-government demonstration in the capital Friday. Security forces and government loyalists fired at demonstrators who have gathered in the square in Sanaa. Medical officials and witnesses say at least 40 people were killed. More than 100 others were wounded in the attack. Anti-government activists have been calling for an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule for weeks. There were also protests in other cities Friday.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English live from Washington.

Japanese fire fighters are using their equipment to spread water on reactor buildings at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear center. Japan’s national broadcaster NHK said fire fighters from Tokyo are using a truck that can release water from a height of 22 meters. They are using water that is pumped directly from the sea. The main target is the number 3 reactor building. Hot fuel rods in the building are most at risk of releasing radiation into the environment. On Friday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said police, fire fighters and the military were risking their lives with their efforts to prevent a wider crisis. The government also raised the level of the severity of the nuclear disaster from 4 to 5 on a 7-point rating system. And the International Atomic Energy Agency said the situation as very serious but has not worsened in the past 24 hours. It also said the levels of radiation in Tokyo are far below levels considered dangerous to humans.

In Afghanistan, gunmen kidnapped a group of engineers and their Afghan driver. Officials say the group included at least 3 Pakistanis and 2 Afghans. They were in a car late Thursday when they were stopped in Jawzjan province. No one has claimed responsibility. In other news from Afghanistan, Britain says a British soldier has died from wounds suffered in a bomb attack. The soldier was wounded Wednesday in the southern province of Helmand. 360 British soldiers and civilian defense workers have died in Afghanistan since 2001.

And finally this hour, former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide returned to Haiti on Friday after 7 years in exile in South Africa. The former president spoke after his arrival at the airport in the capital Port-au-Prince. He criticized the decision to bar his party from Haiti’s runoff presidential election. Mr. Aristide said that boring his party is boring the majority. Election officials had barred the party for technical reasons. Supporters gathered near Mr. Aristide’s airplane of the airport. Thousands of people carrying Haitian flags cheer for him along the road to the capital. Haitians will elect president on Sunday.

Now, briefly, here again is the major news of the hour.

President Obama has warned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to order his forces to stop attacking the Libyan people. At least 4 people are confirmed dead after protests in Syria. And Japanese fire fighters are using their equipment to spread water on reactor buildings.

And t hat’s the news in VOA Special English. I’m Christopher Cruise reporting from Washington.

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