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WORLD NEWS - August 21st, 2009

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WORLD NEWS - August 21st, 2009

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It is 01:30 universal time with world news in VOA special English; I’m Crisberts Cruz reporting from the VOA world Headquarters in Washington.

Afghan officials are calling the Thursday’s presidential election a success. However at least 26 people were killed in election violence. The victims included 9 civilians, 9 police officers and 8 Afghan soldiers. The attacks were reported in Kabul, Kandahar and other major cities. It is not clear how many approved voters took part in the election. Election workers are now counting the ballots. Early results are expected in several days. President Barack Obama says Afghanistan’s elections seem to have been successful. He spoke on American radio. Mr. Obama also promised that the American military will continue to find and expel militants from their hiding places in Afghanistan.

A former Libyan agent sentenced to life for an Airplane bombing in 1988 has returned to Libya. The Pan Am Plane explored over Lockerbie, Scotland killing 270 people. Scottish officials released Abdelbaset Ali Mohmeit al-Megrahi on Thursday. Crowds greeted on his arrive at Tripoli airport in Libya. President Obama called the decision “a mistake”. He said al-Megrahi should remain under house arrest. Many families of the victims are anger by the decision. Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill said the decision to release the prisoner was made because he is near death from cancer.

The President of Swiss land has apologized to the Libyan people for the arrest a son of Libya leader and his pregnant wife. Swiss officials arrested Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife at the hotel in Geneva in 2008. Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz told reporters the apology is part of an agreement with Libya. The two countries agreed that formed a committee to review the arrest. Police charged the two Libyans with beating two workers. Officials released them after two days and later draw the charges.

Iranian lawmakers are warning that they may oppose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's choice of nominees for his new Cabinet. Parliament speaker Ali Larijani suggested to state media Thursday that the nominees lack experience and knowledge. Deputy speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar warned that as many as five of nominees may not receive the approval of lawmakers. In 2005 Mr. Ahmadinejad failed to get the approval for his first three choices for Oil Minister. Lawmakers complained about their lack of experience. Oil exports make up 80% of Iran's revenues.

Diplomatic sources in Vienna say Iran has permitted United Nations’ inspectors to visit a nuclear reactor after refusing that let them enter for the past year. The diplomats said Thursday that Iran let experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency visit the Arak Reactor next week. The diplomats ask to remain unnamed. IAEA officials have not commented it on the information. The Arak Reactor is almost completed and it intended to produce plutonium. Iran says the purpose of its atomic program is to produce electricity.  

You are listening to the news in VOA special English

The families of three American travelers arrested in Iran last month have urged Iranian officials to release them. Family members spoke on American TV Thursday. They said the three young travelers accidently crossed the border into Iran. The three were walking in Iraqi northern Kurdish area near the Iranian border. Iranian TV has described the three Americans as spies who illegally enter the country and did not listen to warnings from border guards.

President Obama is calling for a new beginning for peace talks in the Middle East. He is urging Israel, the Palestinians and allied states to take steps to advance the peace talks. A spokesman says Mr. Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah discussed the peace negotiations by telephone. A spokesman for Mr. Obama says special diplomat George Michelle is working with Middle East leaders to complete plans for negotiations. Also on Thursday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his deputy Moshe Yaalon to meet with him in private. Earlier Mr. Yaalon has criticized the anti-settlement group called “Peace Now” speaking on TV. He called the group a “Virus”. He made the comments on the meeting with Mr. Netanyahu's the Likud party.

North Korea says it is ending restrictions on cross border traffic with South Korea. The restrictions began last year during increased tensions with South Korea. North Korea had restricted South Korean workers from traveling to a jointing industrial area inside North Korea territory. North Korea’s decision is the later than a serious of diplomatic actions from the country.

Officials in Pakistan say at least 7 people have been injured in a bomb’s explosion at Rawalpindi. 4 police officers and 3 civilians were wounded in the attack of police security station late Thursday. Police believed the bombers used timing device to explore the hiding bomb. Officials are preparing for increased attacks after reported death of Militants leader Baitullah Mehsud. He is believed to have been killed by an American missile strike August 5th.Taliban spokesman have repeatedly denied his death.

A fighting in Somalia has killed at least 33 people. Reports say government forces and militias attacked Islamic militants in the town of Bula Burde. The Islamic Rebel group al-Shabaab had controlled the town. Earlier this week the temporary government of Somalia recaptured two towns from Rebels. Reports say soldiers seized the town of Luuq from the Rebel group, Hizbul Islam. And on Monday a pro-government militias recaptured the town of Bulahawa from al-Shabaab.

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

Afghan officials are calling the Thursday’s presidential election a success.

A former Libyan agent who had been sentenced to life in the Scottish prison has returned to Libya.

And Iranian lawmakers are warning that they may oppose the President's choices for his new Cabinet. 

And this hour that’s the news in VOA special English. I’m Crisberts Cruz reporting from Washington. 

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  第1楼 作者:Lyn 创建: <编辑>  <引用>

How can you wirte down all the "Names" in the News ?

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1 -  作者:Lyn -  创建于:2009-8-21 15:45

How can you wirte down all the "Names" in the News ?

 呵呵,记得好像是网内哪位版主说过的:用一个小本勤记人名、地名等,坚持一段时间你就能做到了。还有就是查阅相关英文网站的信息或新闻。比如本文中Arak Reactor 和Bula Burde 听的时候太困难了,就查阅相关英文网站。plutonium还有uranium是过去听写是记录小本上的。以上供参考!谢谢!

  第3楼 作者:Lyn 创建: <编辑>  <引用>
2 -  作者:michael-wjx -  创建于:2009-8-21 16:23
1 -  作者:Lyn -  创建于:2009-8-21 15:45

How can you wirte down all the "Names" in the News ?

 呵呵,记得好像是网内哪位版主说过的:用一个小本勤记人名、地名等,坚持一段时间你就能做到了。还有就是查阅相关英文网站的信息或新闻。比如本文中Arak Reactor 和Bula Burde 听的时候太困难了,就查阅相关英文网站。plutonium还有uranium是过去听写是记录小本上的。以上供参考!谢谢!

 恩~~~谢谢你的经验传授~~

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