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WORLD NEWS - April 28th, 2009

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WORLD NEWS - April 28th, 2009

Written by the Voice of America

It is twenty-two hours thirty universal time and here is the news in special English.

The World Health Organization has raised its danger level for the deadly swine flu. WHO officials have announced an alert level of Face 4, two steps short of the pandemic face. The decision follows reports that the swine flu is believed to have killed at least 149 people in Mexico. It has sickened 1,000,600 others.

In the United States, Homeland Security General Janet N apolitano told reporters she has been communicating with officials in Mexico. She said travel warnings to Mexico will remain in place as long as the disease is found there. Mexico has cancelled schools across the country until next week. It has also provided people with face coverings in an effort to stop the sickness from spreading.

Worries about the spread of swine flu are having an economic effect in many parts of the world. Prices for crude oil have decreased because of fear the swine flu could reduce air travel. Stock prices for airlines and hotels also fail. A European Union official urged citizens to delay unnecessary level to the United States and Mexico. The Obama Administration says it is closely watching the situation. It also warned the Americans to cancel visits to Mexico concerned about safety of pork products cause China, Thailand and other Asian nations to stop some imports from Mexico and parts of the United States. Health experts say correctly cooked pork will not spread the flu.

An earthquake has struck Mexico City Mexico. The quake shook buildings in the capital and sent people out into the street. The United States Geologic Survey says the quake measured 5.6 in strength. It is centered about 230 kilometers south of the capital. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

Thousands of people are fleeing violence in northwest Pakistan. The military has restarted its offensive against Taliban militants accused of attacking security forces. Pakistani media showed pictures of people leaving the Laur Deer area of Malikan. Fierce clashes between the two sides have killed more than 45 Taliban since Sunday. Officials in the northwest frontier province have urged militants in Malikan to honor their earlier promise to lay down their arms. This was to happen after the government agreed to enforce the Islamic law in the area. But a spokesman said religious leader Sufi Mohammad, has suspended peace negotiations with the government until the military operation in Laur Deer is halted.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai promised to change a disputed marriage law that critics say limits the rights of women. Mr. Karzai said in Kabul the law is under examination to bring it in line with international treaties and the country’s constitution. The Afghan constitution guarantees equal rights for women. Critics say the new law makes marital rape legal. It only affects the Afghan’s Shari'ai Moslem Minority and bars women from refusing sexual relations with their husbands unless they’re sick. The law also bars women from leaving their homes without their husbands’ approval.

You’re listening to the news in VOA Special English.

The United Nations Humanitarian chief says he fails to influence the Sri Lankan government to permit a humanitarian team to visit the northern war zone. John Holmes met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo. Mr. Holmes told reporters the government said eight workers could not enter the area because of security condition. The UN says about fifty thousand civilians are trapped in the area were government soldiers are fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels. One UN document reportedly says more than six thousand civilians have been killed in the past three months. Mr. Holmes can not confirm that, but he said the number of civilian deaths are unacceptably high.

The American military in Iraq says that it is sad about the result of a deadly American raid that Iraq says “violated the security agreement”. An American military spokesman expressed deepest sympathy to Iraq for the two Iraqis killed Sunday in the eastern city of Kute. Iraq’s Prime Minister accused the American military of “violating a requirement in the security agreement” to fully plan operations with Iraqi officials. It was the first time Iraq has accused the United States of “a major violation of the security agreement” that took effect in January.

Lawyers in Northern China have taken a legal action against officials in connection with a land slide last September. The disaster killed at least 277 people. Chinese news reports say 18 officials will go on trial in two local courts in Shanxi Province. They are charged with failing to perform their duty, misusing power and accepting money illegally. Only one was named. Sang Haiming is the former Deputy Head of Shanxi’s Land and Resource Administration.

An Israeli settler has shot and wounded a Palestinian teenager near the northern West Bank of Madana. Israeli reporters say the settler fired at the young man after Palestinians threw stones towardr the settler’s car.

General Motors is ending 21 thousand more jobs and closing more factories. The move is part of its native plans to restructure the company. It’s also closing some of its most vehicle stores and ending production of Pontiac cars and trucks. The plan offers to trade GM debts for stop. If the plan is accepted, most of the GM will be owned by the US government and the United Auto Workers Union.

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

The World Health Organization has raised its danger level for the deadly swine flu. An earthquake has struck Mexico City and shook buildings in the capital and sent people out into the street. And thousands of people are fleeing violence in northwest Pakistan.

T hat’s the news in VOA Special English coming to you from Washington.

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1楼 作者:KLaus 创建: <编辑>  <引用>

1.A European Union official urged citizens to delay unnecessary level to the United States and Mexico.

I think it should be "travel".

2.Mr. Holmes told reporters the government said eight workers could not enter the area because of security condition.

Maybe it is "aid"

Thanks for your offer. It benefit me a lot. 

3楼 作者:Wing Lun 创建: <编辑>  <引用>

It has sickened 1,000,600 others.

Is 1,600 correct ??

4楼 作者:michael-wjx 创建: <编辑>  <引用>
呵呵,仔细又听了一下。记不得是那位听友说的很对。特勘误:“Mr. Holmes told reporters the government said eight workers could not enter the area because of security conditions. ” 应该是“Mr. Holmes told reporters the government said aid workers could not enter the area because of security conditions. ”。感谢指正!
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