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WORLD NEWS - April 12th, 2011

发布日期:4-12-2011

我们勤劳的会员“babyface”于2011年4月12日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

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

The internationally recognized leader of Ivory Coast says he will ask his justice minister to start legal action against former president Laurent Gbagbo. Alassane Ouattara told the nation Monday night that a new period of hope for Ivory Coast has begun. He urged people to stay calm so peace can return to the nation. He also said this is a chance to rewrite history in reconciliation and forgiveness. Earlier the former president called for an end to fighting in Ivory Coast. Mr. Gbagbo spoke after being captured at his home in Abidjan by forces loyal to president-elect Ouattara. The capture ends a 4-month struggle for power in Ivory Coast. Mr. Gbagbo and his wife are now being held at Mr. Ouattara's headquarters in Abidjan.

President Obama has welcomed the arrest of Ivory Coast's former president. In a statement Mr. Obama called the arrest a victory for the democratic will of the Ivorian people. He also said the people of Ivory Coast now have a chance to reclaim their country and rebuild its economy. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Mr. Gbagbo's capture shows dictators and tyrants will face actions if they refuse to leave office. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Mr. Gbagbo repeatedly broke the law in recent month. But he said the former president must be treated fairly in any judicial process.

The head of the temporary rebel government in Libya has rejected a cease-fire plan proposed by the African Union. Mustafa Abdul-Jalil spoke Monday after meeting with a group of African leaders in Benghazi. Mr. Abdul-Jalil described the cease-fire plan as outdated. He said the AU's intervention is too late. He also said the rebels are demanding that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family leave the country.

Iran says it is ready to speed up its uranium enrichment program to fuel five or four planned nuclear research reactors. The nuclear reactors are to be built in the next few years. The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization reportedly said the nation's nuclear desires will not stop. Iran's ISNA news agency reported his comment. Western powers accused Iran of using its nuclear program to hide the fact that it is building highly complex and powerful weapons. Iran says its aims are peaceful.

In Bahrain three former editors of an opposition newspaper were charged with publishing false news disturbing the peace and harming state interests. The three formerly worked for the Al Wasat newspaper. The Bahrain news agency says they were questioned about what the government called the newspaper's unethical coverage of protests in Bahrain. Mansoor al-Jamri, the former editor in chief rejected accusations that the newspaper knowingly published false information. He called the government's actions an attempt to silence independent news.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Two people were killed and several others were injured Monday, during strong earthquake aftershocks in northeastern Japan. The shaking caused an already damaged nuclear power station to lose power. The government expanded the restricted area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It did so because of the high-level of radiation spreading in the area since the deadly earthquake and tsunami last month. Officials are considering raising the severity level of Japan's nuclear crisis to that of the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine 25 years ago. The aftershocks hit just hours after people across Japan marked the one month anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The disasters killed up to 25,000 people.

The president of Belarus says 11 people were killed in an explosion at a crowded underground train station in the capital Minsk. Alexander Lukashenko said the explosion wounded about 100 others. Mr. Lukashenko told his Cabinet he suspects that foreign forces seeking to harm peace and security were to blame. He said the explosion could be linked to a deadly bombing at a rock music concert in 2008. A deputy prosecutor general declared the explosion an act of terrorism. But the cause is not immediately known. The explosion took place only 100 meters from the official home of the president.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is blaming the international community for part of the near failure of Kabul Bank. The bank is Afghanistan's biggest lender. Mr. Karzai said foreign advisers gave misleading information about the economic health of the bank. Kabul Bank lost almost $900 million last year. Bank officials were accused of questionable lending behavior and corruption. President Karzai said any bank officers or employees who received illegal loans have been dismissed. He also said they must pay back the money or face legal action.

The International Monetary Fund says the United States must urgently bring its budget deficit under control to avoid damaging the world's financial system. The IMF said the United States must control spending on entitlement programs like social security and reform the tax system to cut its deficit. It said such steps are urgent to reduce the risk of extreme American borrowing. The IMF warned that such borrowing could endanger world bond markets. IMF officials say the United States budget deficit is expected to grow to 10.8 percent of the total value of the country's goods and services this year. That is up from 10.6 percent last year.

Briefly, here again is the major news of the hour.

The internationally recognized leader of Ivory Coast says he will ask his justice minister to start legal action against former president Laurent Gbagbo. The leader of the temporary rebel government in Libya has rejected a cease-fire proposal from leaders of the African Union. And Iran says it is ready to speed up its uranium enrichment program to fuel four to five planned nuclear research reactors.

And that's the news.

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