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WORLD NEWS - April 15th, 2011

发布日期:4-15-2011

我们勤劳的会员“babyface”于2011年4月15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.

Witnesses in Tripoli say there were explosions Thursday shortly after NATO warplanes flew over the Libyan city. In the western city of Misrata rebels say NATO must provide them with more support against government forces to help prevent more deadly attacks. A rebel spokesman said at least 23 people were killed in a rocket attack by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi near Misrata Thursday. In Washington, a State Department spokesman said the United States believes NATO is able to operate air operations in Libya. Mark Toner made his comment after France asked for the United States to resume making air raids over Libya. France made the request Thursday at a NATO meeting in Berlin.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced measures apparently aimed at calming opposition protestors calling for reforms. State television said Mr. Assad has ordered the release of detainees arrested in the recent protests. But those found guilty of criminal acts will remain in detention. There was no information on how many protestors would be released or how many were being held. Demonstrators in Syria have been calling for major political reforms, including an end to emergency law. On Thursday, the American State Department said it has evidence that Iran is helping Syria fight anti-government protestors. The Wall Street Journal newspaper said American officials believe Iran is helping Syria listen to, as well as block mobile phone calls from protestors, and block the Internet. Syrian Foreign Ministry denies the accusation. Iran has not commented.

Yemen's state-operated media say thousands of people have gathered in support of the government in the capital, Sana'a. The SABA news agency reports that demonstrators shouted pro-government statements and waved the Yemeni flag and pictures of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Bahrain's Sunni leaders say they will dismiss the country's largest Shi'ite opposition group. There have been weeks of Shi'ite-led anti-government protests in Bahrain. The Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs said the Wefaq Party and the Islamic Action Association have tried to hurt Bahrain's constitutional roder. The ministry also accused the groups of taking instructions by religious leaders and harming peace and unity. The Wefaq Party is the most powerful of the Shi'ite opposition groups. It controls 18 of the 40 seats in parliament. But its members resigned last month to protest government actions against demonstrators. Opposition protestors are demanding that the Sunni government resigned. They want a political system that gives more power to the kingdom's Shi'ite majority.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

The United States House of Representatives and the Senate have approved a bill to cut $38 billion from the budget. Fifty-nine Republicans in the house opposed the measure, because budget cuts were not deep enough. The bill cut spending at home that was not related to security. It was a compromise between Democrats who wanted smaller cuts and Republicans who wanted bigger cuts.

The Roman Catholic Church says it will not expel or excommunicate high level religious workers appointed by the Chinese government. Roman Catholic officials not approved by the pope usually are not accepted. But on Thursday, the Roman Catholic Church said some bishops named by the Chinese government might be forced to accept their appointment. The Vatican says it needs more information about the appointments of the bishops. It urged all Chinese bishops to express their loyalty to Pope Benedict. The Chinese government operates its own Roman Catholic religious organization independent a Vatican control. China ended relations with the Vatican in 1951. China has millions of Catholics. Some attend government-run religious groups. Others observe their religion secretly and are loyal to the pope in Vatican city. 

Chinese police continue to surround a Tibetan religious center in Sichuan province. Earlier this week, hundreds of people living in the Aba region of the province went to the Kirti monastery to block police from taking religious workers away for reeducation. About 2,500 monks are believed to be inside the center. But they could soon face a food shortage. The area around the center has been tense since a monk burned himself to death last month. He was apparently protesting the Chinese rule over Tibet. There were violent anti-Chinese protests in the Aba area of Sichuan province three years ago.

A British government minister has criticized a speech on immigration reform by Prime Minister David Cameron. British Business Secretary Vince Cable said Mr. Cameron's speech represented Conservative Party positions, not those of the coalition government. Mr. Cable is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. In the speech Thursday, Mr. Cameron said immigration is causing social problems and should be greatly reduced. He said the large number of immigrants has caused discomfort in some parts of the country. But he said immigrants had been good for Britain. He said over two million immigrants came to the country between 1997 and 2009. But he said the country should reduce the number from hundreds of thousands every year to tens of thousand. Mr. Cable said reducing immigration could hurt the economy.

And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour.

Witnesses in Tripoli say there were explosions Thursday shortly after NATO warplanes flew over the Libyan city. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced measures apparently aimed at calming calls for reform by opposition protestors. And the United States House of Representatives and the Senate have approved a bill to cut $38 billion from the federal budget.

That's the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

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