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WORLD NEWS - April 8th, 2011

发布日期:4-8-2011

我们勤劳的会员“babyface”于2011年4月8日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

原文位置:WORLD NEWS - April 8th, 2011

It is 00:30 universal time, and here is the news in Special English.

A Libyan rebel leader says a deadly NATO airstrike was a mistake. Rebel military commander Abdelfateh Yunis said four people died and fourteen were wounded in the strike Thursday near the eastern town of Brega. He said if NATO was responsible, it was a mistake. But he said it would be an even bigger mistake, if the raid was carried out by forces supporting ruler Moammar Gadhafi. He said that would mean NATO had failed to enforce the no-fly zone. NATO is investigating the incident. Also Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed a plan to end the war in Libya. It includes a cease-fire and a withdrawal of government forces from some cities. The American General Carter Ham who led the first attacks in Libya said neither side is winning the war.

At least three Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen have raided a police station in southern Afghanistan. Six members of Afghan security forces were killed in the attack in Kandahar province on Thursday. At least twelve people were wounded. The gunbattle lasted several hours before the attackers were killed. The attackers put explosives in an emergency medical vehicle. The bomb killed members of the Afghan intelligence service, army and police. American attack helicopters and NATO vehicles came to the area after the attack. It took place near the main road between Kandahar city and Kabul. The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

The internationally recognized president of Ivory Coast is urging all Ivorians to reject violence as the country returns to normal. In a televised speech Thursday, Alassane Ouattara said his forces have surrounded the home of Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan. Mr. Gbagbo says he won the November presidential election and has refused to leave office. Mr. Ouattara said Mr. Gbagbo's refusal to turn over power has created a humanitarian crisis in Ivory Coast. The French Defense Minister says there are about 200 soldiers guarding Mr. Gbagbo and his family. And about 800 men loyal to him are in Abidjan.

Niger's new president Mahamadou Issoufou has appointed Brigi Rafini Prime Minister. Mr. Rafini is a former government minister. He is a member of the northern Touareg community. Mr. Issoufou's election last month ended a period of military rule in the western African country. Niger has been trying to move to a civilian government since it won independence from France in 1960. Investment in the country's uranium mines has failed to help the nation which remains one of the poorest in the world. Mr. Issoufou has said his first goal is to secure the country and make sure people have enough food.

Another powerful earthquake has shaken Japan late Thursday. Officials say the quake caused some injuries, but there have been no reports of any deaths. The earthquake temporarily disabled several power stations and led to a tsunami warning. But government officials later cancelled the warning. The earthquake and tsunami warning raised concerns about possible effects at the Fukushimae power center in northeastern Japan. The Tokyo Electric Power Company said it had no reports of an emergency situation at Fukushima. And no injuries or damage were reported. But workers quickly left the center. The United States Geological Survey says the earthquake measured 7.1.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

President Obama is to meet again with top lawmakers from both political parties. They are trying to reach agreement on a spending plan for the government one day before the current spending bill ends. It is the fourth meeting in three days between the president and congressional leaders. Republicans and Democrats can not agree on spending cuts. Earlier Thursday, the House of Representatives approved a Republican Party proposal for a one week spending bill to keep the government in operation. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has rejected it, and the Obama administration says the president will veto it, it reaches his desk.

The Supreme Court of the state of Arkensas has cancelled a law, banning gay and unmarried couples from adopting children. Arkensas voters approved the law in 2008. On Thursday, the court said the law violated adults right to privacy in the bedroom. It also said the law prevented social workers from making decisions in the best interests of children. Supporters of the law said it was aimed at homosexuals. The law also banned unmarried couples from adopting children including their relatives. Earlier a lower court had ruled the law on constitutional.

Indian health officials are rejecting a study that warns of bacteria resistent to drugs in New Dlhi. The health ministry released a statement Thursday. It dismissed a British study warning of the drug-resistent bacteria in the capital. One of the researchers said India is in extreme denial about the possible danger of the bacteria. The researcher said the spread of the bacteria is probably not limited to New Delhi. The study was published Thursday in the British medical journal the Lancet. It said scientists found drug-resistent bacteria in about one-fourth of the 200 samples they studied. The researchers studied public water supplies and pools of water in the streets.

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

A Libyan rebel leader says a deadly NATO airstrike was a mistake. Abdelfateh Yunis said four people died and fourteen were wounded in the strike Thursday near the eastern town of Brega. At least three Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen have raided a police station in Southern Afghanistan, killing six Afghan security members. And Ivory Coast's internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara has called on all Ivorians to reject violence as the country returns to normal.

And that's the news in VOA Special English.

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