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WORLD NEWS - April 17th, 2011

发布日期:4-17-2011

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

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fired on rebels near the eastern city of Adjabiya Saturday. Medical workers and rebels say at least six people were killed in the attack. Sixteen others were wounded. There was also fighting Saturday in the oil town of Brega. And a rebel spokesman told the Reuters news agency that government forces fired at least 100 cluster bombs into a business area in Misrata Saturday. Cluster bombs explode into smaller bombs and can cause damage over a wide area. They have been banned by most countries. Libya's officials deny using the bombs.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he expects the government to end its state of emergency laws next week. Mr. Assad made the announcement Saturday during a speech to his new Cabinet. The speech was broadcast to the nation. The laws have been in place for almost 50 years. They limit the rights of Syrians and give security forces great power to arrest people. Anti-government protestors have been demanding an end to the laws.

Suspected militants attacked soldiers in the capital of Algeria late Friday killing at least 13 of them. Security officials said at least one of the attackers was also killed. The attack took place about 130 kilometers from the capital. Officials said security forces searched for the attackers in a forest where members of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb often hide. The attack happened as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was making a speech to the nation announcing constitutional reforms. He said he will change the country's election laws and he promised free and fair elections. He also said he wants to strengthen democracy in  Algeria. Several pro-democracy groups have gathered recently calling for reform. In response to protests, two months ago, the President ended a state of emergency that had been in effect in Algeria for 19 years.

Hundreds of supporters of the ousted former President of Tunisia have gathered in Tunis, the capital. Tunisia's state news agency says former ministers and high level officials were among those who gathered in the city on Saturday. It was the first gathering of members of the now illegal political party of ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Anti-government demonstrations led to Mr. Ben Ali's resignation in January. Protestors said it was unfair for the new government to rule that former party officials and government ministers could not compete in elections set for July. They said they are all Tunisians. The court dismissed the party in March. Pro-democracy activists had demanded the move after Mr. Ben Ali was ousted. The justice minister is preparing criminal charges against Mr. Ben Ali and his family and supporters.

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

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai met in Kabul Saturday. The two leaders spoke with reporters aftert the meeting. They said they had agreed to increase joint efforts to make peace with the Taliban. They also discussed trade issues and improving security. Afghan officials say a suicide bomber wearing Afghan army clothing killed five NATO service members and four Afghan soldiers Saturday. Eight people were wounded in the attack, which took place at an army base in eastern Laghman province. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. On Friday, a suicide bomber in police clothing killed the police chief of Kandahar province in his own office. Two other police officers were killed and three were wounded.

Thousands of Hungarians gathered in their capital Saturday to protest government plans to reduce spending. The protestors reportedly included firefighters, police officers, soldiers and border guards. They oppose plans to end a law that lets police retire earlier than most workers. The government also plans to reduce the number of payments to the jobless and make it more difficult to receive payments for injuries. They also oppose a plan for a new constitution. Parliament is to vote on the plan Monday. The protestors say it would give too much power to the government.

About 50,000 protestors gathered in the Serbian capital of Belgrade Saturday to show their anger with the government. The protestors also called for earlier elections. They shouted "thieves" and other criticisms of President Boris Tadic and his ministration. Opposition leader Toma Nikolic told the protestors he was not going to eat until the government agreed to hold elections. Opposition to the government has increased as the economy gets worse.

And finally at this hour. The British government may change the way kings and queens are appointed. The current law of loyal succession puts males before females. Under that law, if Prince William and his soon-to-be wife Kate Middleton have a daughter and then a son, their son would be next in line to become king. That would be true, even though the daughter was born first. Government officials said Saturday that they had begun the process of changing the law. The change would require approval in Britain, as well as in 16 other countries that have the British king or queen as head of state.

Now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour read to you in VOA Special English.

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fired on rebels near the eastern city of Adjabiya Saturday killing at least six people. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he expects the government to end its state of emergency laws next week. And hundreds of supporters of the ousted former president of Tunisia have gathered in Tunis, the capital.

And that's the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting from Washington.

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