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WORLD NEWS - April 2nd, 2011

作者:Voice of America 发布日期:4-2-2011

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http://www.unsv.com/voanews/specialenglish/scripts/2011/04/02/0030/

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

Heavy gunfire and explosions have been reported in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan. Fighting continued near the presidential headquarters and the home of President Laurent Gbagbo. People hid in their homes as forces loyal to Mr. Gbagbo battled fighters loyal to former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara. Many countries have recognized Mr. Ouattara as the winner of Ivory Coast’s presidential election last year. It is not clear where Mr. Gbagbo is. His Paris-based advisor Alain Toussaint said Mr. Gbagbo has no plans to surrender power. Mr. Ouattara’s fighters met little resistance from pro-Gbagbo troops in Abidjan. A spokesman for the United Nations operations in Ivory Coast told VOA the UN has offered to transport Mr. Gbagbo out of the country to help end the crisis.

The United Nations office in Afghanistan says 7 of its foreign workers were killed in an attack Friday. The attack followed the protest against burning of a copy of the Koran in the United States. The protesters attacked security guards and raided the UN office in Mazar-e-sharif. Police said the attackers entered building, set it on fire and killed the UN workers inside. UN officials say the dead included a Swede, a Norwegian and a Romanian and 4 Nepalese guards. No Afghan workers were killed in the attack. But Afghan officials said more than 20 people were wounded and they said at least 25 people were arrested after the attack. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the violence.

In Syria, thousands of protesters took part in anti-government demonstrations Friday. Witnesses say government forces used gunfire, teargas and sticks to beat protesters. The demonstrations took place one day after the government announced reforms aimed at meeting opposition demands. Western media say 3 anti-government protesters were killed in Douma near the capital Damascus. Syria’s state news agency says a girl was killed in the western city of Homs. And protests against ruling Baath party were held in the southern city of Daraa. The United States condemned the security operations against the protesters; it urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to take steps toward meaningful reform. The United States says Syria has released 2 Americans who were accused of being involved in political unrest there. The State Department confirmed the release of 32-year-old Mohammed Radwan and 21-year-old Pathik Root. A State Department spokesman criticized Syria for refusing to let the United States contact either man while they were detained. Syrian police detained the 2 Americans for taking pictures during protests. Mr. Radwan has been sending information about the protests in Syria to the Twitter website.

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

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continue their tank and artillery attacks on Misrata. Misrata is the 3rd largest city in Libya. It is also the only one in the western part of the country under the control of rebel fighters. Also on Friday, a Libyan opposition spokesman Mustafa Abdul Jalil purposed a ceasefire. Mr. Jalil is a former Libyan justice minister. He said government forces must leave the cities which they now control. And he said they must end their operations against cities under the control of rebels. The Libyan government rejected the offer and called it a trick.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir square in Cairo Friday. They demanded that former President Hosni Mubarak and members of his administration be tried for corruption. The demonstrators urged Egypt’s military rulers to release political prisoners and to continue with political and social reforms. They also want the military to stop putting civilians on trial and they want cancellation of emergency law. Many pro-democracy activists all worried about what they believe is the influence that members of the former administration have in the military-led government. Mr. Mubarak and his family remain under house arrest in Egypt. They have lost control of money or property held in other countries.

And Japan had ordered 2 of the world’s largest pumping machines from the United States. The pumps will be used to help cool the nuclear reactors in the damaged Fukushima power station. The German-made pumps are used mostly to spread concrete. But instead of the building material the pumps are being rebuilt to direct water onto the reactors. They are being flown to Japan in a Russian Antonov, the world’s largest airplane. The plane is being flow from Russia to the United States to pick up the pumps and take them to Japan. Each pump is worth about 1,800,000 dollars. The manufacturer told VOA that the airlift is a part of an international effort to help cool the nuclear power center.

Now, briefly, h ere again is the major news of the hour in VOA Special English.

Heavy gunfire and explosions have been reported in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan. Late Friday, fighting continued near the presidential headquarters and the home of President Laurent Gbagbo. The UN office in Afghanistan says 7 of its foreign workers were killed after a protest against the burning of a Koran in the United States. And forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continue their tank and artillery attacks on the city of Misrata. Misrata is the 3rd largest city in Libya. There’s more at voanews.com.

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

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