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WORLD NEWS - April 13th, 2011

发布日期:4-13-2011

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It is zero hour thirty Universal Time and here is the news in Special English.

France and Britain have called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to do more to protect Libyan civilians. NATO has been enforcing a United Nations approved no-fly zone over Libya and directing air strikes against Libyan forces. But government troops continued Tuesday to attack the western city of Misrata and the eastern town of Ajdabiya. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said the alliance must do more to destroy the heavy weapons of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. NATO official Mark Van Uhm told the Associated Press that he thinks the alliance is doing a great job with the materials it has. On Wednesday, a group of nations will meet in Qatar to discuss Libya’s future. The British government says Mr. Gaddafi’s former foreign minister is flying to Qatar to advise the group.

Egyptian state television says former President Hosni Mubarak has been taken to a medical center in Sharm el-Sheikh. State television says Mr. Mubarak suffered heart problems during legal questioning Tuesday. He was questioned over charges of corruption and violence against anti-government protesters. News reports say Mr. Mubarak is continuing to answer questions in the hospital. The Associated Press says pro-democracy activists demonstrated outside the hospital where Mr. Mubarak was staying. Also Tuesday, Egyptian military police used force to remove protesters from Tahrir square in Cairo ending a 4-day demonstration. Security forces arrested many of the protesters as they fled the area.

United Nations nuclear experts say Japan’s decision to increase its nuclear crisis to a level 7 does not mean conditions have worsened. The experts also said the increase does not mean Japanese officials were on truthful about the seriousness of the disaster. On Tuesday, Japan raised the crisis from level 5 to level 7. 7 is the highest level on the scale used by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency. That puts the crisis on the same level as the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. An IAEA official says Japanese reports suggest the damaged Fukushima nuclear power station has released about 10% of the radioactive material that the Chernobyl station released.

Forces supporting President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast are searching Abidjan for fighters who aided former President Laurent Gbagbo. Suspected Gbagbo supporters were brought to the Golf Hotel in Abidjan. That is the hotel that served as the headquarters for Mr. Ouattara during his 4-month battle with Mr. Gbagbo over control of Ivory Coast. President Ouattara has urged all fighters to surrender their weapons now that Mr. Gbagbo has been captured. Mr. Gbagbo and his wife Simone are being held at the Golf Hotel under the protection of the United Nations. Ouattara forces are seeking to capture members of Mr. Gbagbo’s militant group for young people. They are especially looking for its leader Charles Ble Goude who formerly served as minister for youth.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Police in Belarus have arrested suspects linked to the bombing of a subway station in Minsk. The attack Monday killed 12 people and injured 204 others. The country’s security agency says it has identified the likely leader of the bomb plot and is searching for him. President Alexander Lukashenko has promised to search everywhere to find those responsible. He said he suspects outside forces trying to weaken Belarusian security were responsible for the attack. Other officials say the bombing was an active terrorism because the bombs were full of small pieces of metal meant to cause the most possible damage.

Brazil and China have signed deals for the sale of 35 Brazilian planes to 2 Chinese air lines. The Embraer Company will begin building its business jet planes in China. The deals were announced Tuesday as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing. The 2 countries signed agreements to increase cooperation in areas including energy and agriculture. China recently passed the United States as Brazil’s largest trading partner.

The European Union has eased economic and political restrictions against some civilian members of the Burmese government. The Council of European Union met Tuesday in Luxembourg. It said it hopes that the influence of civilians in the Burmese government will lead too much needed new policies. The EU will lift visa bans for 1 year for some civilian members of the government including the foreign minister. It also says it has canceled a ban on visit to Burma by high level officials. The EU says its decisions were made in part by a report last month from the International Crisis Group. That report said restrictions on Burma’s government have not been effective.

American researchers say a large of amount of wreckage from Japanese towns affected by last month tsunami is moving across the Pacific Ocean. They say the wreckage could reach the United States in the next few years. Researchers at the University of Hawaii say building materials, cars, trees, roof tops and household objects could reach Hawaii in 2 years and California in 3 years. One researcher told VOA that the wreckage has already moved a few hundred kilometers away from Japan. Strong ocean currents are moving it across the ocean. The floating trash represents an environmental threat. Large pieces of wreckage can endanger ships sailing across the ocean.

Now, briefly, h ere again is the major news of the hour .

France and Britain have called on the NATO to do more to protect Libyan civilians. Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been taken to a hospital after suffering heart problems during legal questioning. And Forces supporting President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast are searching Abidjan for fighters who aided former President Laurent Gbagbo.

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

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