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WORLD NEWS - April 9th, 2011

发布日期:4-9-2011

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It is 00:30 universal time, it's Friday in America. Now the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting live from Washington.

At least 36 people have been reported killed in Syria. Witnesses said Syrian security forces killed at least 17 people in protests against President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling Baath Party. Syrian officials are blaming armed groups for the violence. State television said the groups killed 19 police officers in Daraa. Foreign media reported witnesses are saying that security forces fired ammunition and tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in the southern city. Also, Friday there were protests in a Kurdish regions of northeastern Syria. Members of Syria's Kurdish minority have long complained that the government discriminates against them.

Heavy fighting was reported Friday in and near the Libyan city of Misrata. It is the only city in western Libya that is still under rebel control. For weeks, government forces have been attacking Misrata. It is not clear now, who is in control of the city. Also on Friday, NATO confirmed that it was responsible for airstrikes that hit Libyan rebel tanks near the eastern city of Brega. Rebel leaders say four people died in the attack on Thursday. NATO deputy commander General Russell Harding said allied forces had never seen Libyan rebel's operating tanks before. He refused to apologize for the incident. He told reporters that it was difficult to know which forces were operating the vehicles.

Witnesses in Yemen's southern city of Taiz say at least two people have been killed in clashes between security forces and anti-government protestors on Friday. Separately, tens of thousands of anti-government and government supporters gathered for opposing demonstrations in the capital, Sana'a. Also Friday, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh rejected a plan proposed by Gulf nations for him to give up power. Mr. Saleh told supporters that the plan was what he called a "coup" against his country's constitution and against democracy. He said Yemen's power came from its great people not Qatar or anyone else. On Thursday, Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani said the Gulf Cooperation Council was helping to agree to a deal with Mr. Saleh. The six-nation groups' deal called for Mr. Saleh to give up power.

Thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo Friday to demand that ousted president Hosni Mubarak be tried for corruption. The protest was one of the largest gathering since Mr. Mubarak resigned on February 11. Protestors are also calling for the removal of his supporters from Egypt's new government. They want the head of the military council to resign. The council is currently ruling the country. Many of the protestors are angry about what they believe is the slow rate of reform in Egypt.

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

A United Nations official says forces loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast are strengthening their positions in the country's main city. U.N. Peacekeeping Chief Alain Le Roy said Mr. Gbagbo's forces used negotiations with the U.N. on Tuesday to recapture parts of Abidjan. He said they now fully control some areas where wealthy people live. Forces loyal to the internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara continue to surround Mr. Gbagbo's headquarters in Abidjan. Mr. Gbagbo remains there with heavy weapons and soldiers protecting him. Supporters of Mr. Ouattara say they do not believe Mr. Gbagbo can be removed from his underground shelter. They said they will leave him there and work on returning the country to normal.

At least 12 people were killed in Nigeria Friday. They died in an explosion at a Nigerian election office and in an attack on a building where voting supplies were stored. Police say eight people were killed and many others injured in the explosion at the election office in Suleja, just outside Abuja. The other attack took place late Friday in the northeastern state of Borno. Police there said gunmen shot and killed four people, as they were preparing to give away voting materials. On Saturday, Nigerians will vote in parliamentary elections, those elections have already been delayed two times.

There is still no agreement on a budget for the government of the United States. Without a budget, federal government agencies are required to suspend much of their operations in a few hours from now. President Obama spoke with all top lawmakers Friday about the budget dispute. The president also postponed his plan trip to the state of Indiana. Earlier Friday, House Speaker John Boehner said budget negotiations are continuing and that almost all of the policy issues have been dealt with. He said Republican Party lawmakers want to keep the government open, but make large spending cuts.

And finally of this hour, the United States says governments around the world continue to carry out severe human-rights abuses. The American State Department released its yearly report Friday. It said it was especially concerned about human-rights issues in Iran, China and Belarus. The report says Iran severely restricts its citizen's freedoms. It also says the country continues to detain political prisoners who were arrested last year during a government campaign against activists. And the report says the government in China increased its attempts to limit freedom of speech and control the media. It also said Chinese officials are using unofficial measures against dissidents, including force disappearance, severe house arrest and illegal detentions.
 
Now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour.

At least 36 people were reported killed in Syria Friday, in protest against President Bashar al-Assad and his Baath Party. Heavy fighting has been reported in and near the Libyan city of Misrata. And thousands of Egyptians gathering Cairo Friday to demand that ousted President Hosni Mubarak be tried for corruption.

And that's the news in VOA Special English.

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