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WORLD NEWS - April 16th, 2011

发布日期:4-16-2011

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It is 00:30 universal time, now here is the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting live from Washington.

NATO expects coalition allies to supply more airplanes to increase airstrikes on forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday that help will arrive soon. Mr. Rasmussen spoke after a meeting of NATO foreign minsters in Berlin, Germany. Britain and France have been asking allies for more airplanes to increase airstrikes on ground targets in Libya. Russia warned the alliance on Friday against using too much force. Russia said NATO seems to be doing more than just protecting civilians in which is what the United Nations resolution calls for.

Thousands of anti-government protestors gathered across Syria Friday. The largest protest was in the southern city of Daraa. Activists cheered "freedom" as they walked through the streets after Friday prayers. The city has become the main gathering point for opposition demonstrations which began last month. On Thursday, President Bashar al-Assad announced a new 30-member Cabinet. He also ordered the release of detainees arrested in the past month. An American-based human rights group reported Friday that Syrian security forces have tortured and mistreated anti-government protestors who were detained. Human Rights Watch said former detainees reported being beaten, tortured and hit by security and intelligence service officers. The group called on Syrian officials to stop the abuse and to free the people who have been detained.

Officials from the world's major economies have agreed on a way to measure possible risk. They are doing this in hopes of avoiding the problems that caused the recent economic crisis. The agreement was released in Washington and from a meeting of the Group of 20 leading developing and wealthy nations. Officials announced plans to study countries responsible for more than five percent of the G20's total yearly production of goods and services. French Foreign Minister Christine Lagarde said that at first the balance of trade in only the largest economies will be studied. She said the process will be expanded to include all G20 nations in the future.

Afghan officials say a suicide bomber killed the police chief of Kandahar province during an attack on Friday. A provincial spokesman says the bomber was wearing police clothing. He exploded his bomb while standing near the office of police chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid. And the explosion killed the chief and two other officers, three other officers were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack. So did General David Petraeus, the commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

An Egyptian government lawyer has announced plans to move former President Hosni Mubarak from a hospital in the Red Sea town of Sharm el-Sheikh. The former president will be taken to a military medical center. Egyptian media said Mr. Mubarak would be moved to prison when his health improves. The former president was taken to the hospital for heart problems on Tuesday. At the time, he was being questioned about reported corruption and abuse of power. He has denied the accusations. His two sons are now in a prison near Cairo.

United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has called for an independent investigation into an Iraqi military raid at an Iranian camp for exiles. At least 34 people were killed last Friday, when Iraqi army forced carried out the attack at Camp Ashraf. Members of the People's Mojahedin Iranian dissident movement live in the camp. Ms. Pillay said Friday that there was no possible excuse for the number of people killed. She also urged the Iraqi government to consider resettling some people in the camp to other countries. Iraq says its forces went into the camp after people threw stones at the soldiers. Iraqi hospital officials say ten people were killed, the dissident group reported a higher number of deaths.

The President of Burkina Faso has dismissed his government and appointed a new army chief. Preisdent Blaise Compaore also dismissed the head of his presidential security force. He acted after violent protests by members of his presidential guard. The protest took place on Thursday at the presidential offices in Ouagadougou. The unrest spread Friday to other army bases in the city. Witnesses say the soldiers fired gunshots into the air and attacked some buildings. The soldiers are angry reportedly, because the government has failed to pay for their housing and food.

Officials in Nigera have sent a former governor of Delta State to Britain to face corruption charges. James Ibori is accused of stealing $290 million in public money and sending it to banks in Britain. Mr. Ibori was still in office when he fled to Dubai in 2007. Last year, a court in Dubai ordered him sent to Britain to face legal action. Britain officials announced Friday that police are now holding the former governor in London.

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

NATO says coalition allies will soon supply more airplanes to increase airstrikes on forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A suicide bomber killed the police chief of Kandahar province Friday. And an Egyptian official says former president Hosni Mubarak will be taken to a medical center, a military medical center then move to prison when his health improves. The former president was taken to the hospital for heart problems on Tuesday.

There's more news at voanews.com. And that is the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting from Washington.

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