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WORLD NEWS – May 22nd, 2009

楼主:anna 日期: 回贴:2 浏览:

WORLD NEWS – May 22nd, 2009

Written by the Voice of America

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It is twenty-three hours thirty universal time and here is the news in Special English.

President Obama says he plans to close the United States military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Obama spoke on National Television Thursday. He said he will close the prison by next January. He called the situation at Guantánamo Bay “a mess” that was passed on him by the Administration of George W Bush. President Obama said some of the detainees will be taken to High Security American Prisons and tried in an

American Civilian Court
. Others will face military courts. There are two hundred forty detainees at the prison waiting to be changed. Former vice president Dick Cheney and some American law-makers have criticized Mr. Obama’s decision. Mr. Cheney said the President made his decision with little thought and no plan. Mr. Cheney spoke in Washington Thursday.

Bomb attacks in Baghdad and in Iraqi city of Kirkuk have killed at least twenty-five people including three Americans. Iraqi officials say a suicide-attacker caused the deadliest attack in Dora, an area of southern Baghdad. Official said the attacker caused an explosion at a market, killing twenty civilians and wounding twenty-five others. The United States military says three of its soldiers also were killed in the bombing. In western Baghdad, a bomb hidden in a trash can exploded at a police station. That bomb killed three officers and wounded about twenty others. Separately a bomber killed seven American allied Sunni Malicia men in the city of Kirkuk.

Pakistan ’s allies have offered more than two hundred million dollars in aid for people displaced by military operations in the Swat Valley area of the country. Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani says the aid is necessary for fighting terrorism. He spoke at an international conference in Islamabad Thursday. Pakistani troops launched the operation in the Swat Vallley after militants violated a peace deal. The militants moved to within one hundred kilometers of the capital.

An American government lawyer says four men arrested in a reported bombing plot wanted in his words “to bring death to Jews”. Three of the suspects appeared at a Federal Court Thursday. The forth is to appear in court later in the day. They face charges of plotting to attack American military airplanes, a Jewish religious center and a Jewish community center. The four men were arrested Wednesday after a year-long investigation. Court documents say the men attempted to buy plastic explosives from someone who secretly worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The document said they also wanted ground-to-air missiles to shoot down military planes from an Air National Guard Base near New York City.

The American Treasury Secretary says the Obama Administration is considering a new agency to supervise financial products sold to the public. Timothy Geithner said to a Congressional Committee Thursday. He said the duties and powers of the proposed agency are still being planned. Critics of the current system say a lack of supervision partly caused the financial crisis. They say investor protection is weak because it is spread across several agencies.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is on his first official visit to Singapore. He hopes to improve political and economic ties between the two countries. Mr. Najib is expected to offer support for a huge economic development project in Johor, known as the “scander” project. He said it was important that the two governments do not permit to dispute to slow progress on the project. Mr. Najib made his comments to Singapore’s Straights Times newspaper.

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appealed for settling political differences in Sri Lanka. Ms Clinton spoke to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa by telephone Thursday. She called for power sharing that includes minority Tamils. The United States is calling on the Sri Lankan government to permit United Nations and Red Cross officials into the former conflict area. The United States wants more groups to be able to enter camps for thousands of displaced Tamil civilians are living. The government recently defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels after years of conflicts.

The United Nations Secretary of State says he hopes to visit Burma soon. Ban Ki-moon plans to urge the military government to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. Mr. Ban spoke to CNN Television on Thursday. He said he’s discussing his visit with Burmese officials. Aung San Suu Kyi is on trial for supposedly violating the conditions of her six-year house arrest.

Japan has started using a jury system to try serious criminal cases. Justice Minister Tsukimori said Thursday the jurors will use common sense to decide guilt and sentencing of serious crimes. The new system will have six jurors called “lay judges” and will join a committee of three district court judges. It will be used for trials on charges including rape and murder.

Indonesia ’s Moslems Clerics met Thursday in east Java province to discuss rules for the use of internet. The Moslems clerics consider rules that would bar the use of the internet to meet people for love relationships. The clerics fear that some internet use could lead to people having sexual relations out side of a marriage. The growing number of Indonesians are using face book and similar social sites. However the cleric rules are not official and they do not ban the use of internet.

Briefly here again is the major news. President Obama says he plans to close the United States military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Bomb attacks in Baghdad and in Iraqi city of Kirkuk have killed at least twenty-five people. Pakistan’s allies have offered more than two hundred million dollars in aid for people displaced by military operations in the Swat Valley area.

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

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1楼 作者:Moon River 创建: <编辑>  <引用>

You are so great. I just finished the NEWS. Seveal words are still not clear and then learn from your article. Here are some amendments for your information:

1)"tried in an "--first paragrah, should be TRIAL?

2)The United Nations Secretary of State --should be secretary-general?

3)Justice Minister Tsukimori --the name should be Eisuke Mori

ok, that's for today.

thank you for your article, I hope I'll issue earlier one day.

2楼 作者:wang wei 创建: <编辑>  <引用>
thank you Anne. your article is really good for my english learning. best regards.
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