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WORLD NEWS - April 30th, 2009

作者:Voice of America 发布日期:4-30-2009

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Written by the Voice of America

It is zero hour thirty universal time and here is the news in special English.

The World Health Organization has raised its waning level for Swine Flu. Director General Margret Chan announced the move Wednesday in Switzerland. She called on all countries to put into action plans for fighting the spread of the Flu. The new WHO warning level is five out of a total of six levels. Level six is defined as a sickness that takes place over a wide geographic area and affects a high number of the population. The virus is believed to have killed 159 people in Mexico. About 2,500 in Mexico are sick. In the United States, one death is confirmed and about 100 people are sick with the virus.

Iraqi officials say car bombings have killed at least 48 people in and around Bagdad. Explosions in the southern city area of the capital killed 41 people. And Interior Ministry official says about 70 others were wounded when at least two bombs exploded in market areas. Other bombings in the capital killed another 7 people.

The United States is warning that North Korea’s threat to test more nuclear weapons will only worsen the country’s problem. And an American State Department spokesman talked to reporters in Washington Wednesday. He said that North Korea needs to stop making threat. Earlier North Korea threatened to test nuclear explosives if the United Nations’ Security Council does not apologize for criticizing its recent rocket launch. The State Department spokesman said he did not think North Korea will get an apology from the UN Security Council.

A top Taliban commander has warned that militants will start a new series of attacks against international troops in Afghanistan. Mullah Berideer said the campaign against what he called “invading forces will begin Thursday”. His statement said Afghans fail to bleed to defending themselves now that the United States and the NATO planed to send more troops to Afghanistan. The United States is planning to send 21 thousand more troops to deal with growing violence in the country. On Wednesday Australia and Britain announced they will send additional troops before national elections in August. The Pakistani military says it took control of a main town in the area of Buner on Wednesday. During the attack, helicopters killed more than 50 Taliban fighters. Army spokesman Major Generals Athar Abbas says at least one soldier was killed in the fighting. He says Taliban militants are holding at least 50 police and parra-military territory troops. The militants kidnapped them from police station on Tuesday. The Pakistani military on Tuesday began an operation against about 500 militants. After Taliban fighters came within 100 kilometers of Islamabad.

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

The Central Bank of the United States says the American economy is still shrinking, but the rate has slowed down. Federal Reserve officials gave their report at the end of a two-day meeting Wednesday. Officials also decided to keep the main interest rate at its current low numbers. Earlier other government experts reported that the American economy shrank at a rate of 6.1% during the first three months of the year. A Commerce Department report blamed falling exports and fewer business orders.

Four Lebanese Generals detained for nearly four years have been released. The four men have been held in connection with the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The United -Nations-supported

Special Court

for Lebanon at Hague ordered their release on Wednesday. The Court said there was not enough evidence to continue their detention. The four men have been held without charge since 2005. Supporters of the Generals celebrated in Lebanon. Mr. Hariri's son, Saad Hariri said he accepted the court’s ruling. Many Lebanese accuse Syria of carrying out the truck bombing in Beirut that killed the Prime Minister and 22 others. But Syria denies the charge.

Cuban President Raul Castro has repeated an offer for discussions with the United States to try to improve relations. President Castro made the comment Wednesday during a speech in Pavena, but he said Cuba is not willing to negotiate its independence or its political and social system. He said it’s up to the United States to do more to improve relations. An American State Department spokesman answered by saying Cuba must show it is serious about talks by improving human rights.

European scientists say large pieces of an ice formation near an Artica have broken off. They say the entire ice mass is in danger of breaking out. European Space Agency experts say satellite pictures show the Wilkons Ice Shelf is very weak. An ice bridge connecting it to Artica collapsed three weeks ago. An expert from the British and Arctic Survey said on Wednesday that climate change is to blame. He says the Wilcons Ice Shelf is an extraordinary natural laboratory of how ice shelves react to climate change. The area can be shown what can be expected on an Artica in the future.

And now briefly here again is the major news of the hour read in VOA Special English .

The World Health Organization director Genera Margret Chan has called on all countries to put into action plans for fighting the spread of Swine Flu. Iraqi officials say car bombings have killed at least 48 people in and around Bagdad. And the US Federal Reserve of the Central of the United States says the American economy is still shrinking, but the rate has slowed down.

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

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