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WORLD NEWS - April 19th, 2011

发布日期:4-19-2011

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

Election officials in Nigeria have declared President Goodluck Jonathan the winner of the nation's presidential election. Officials say Mr. Jonathan received more than 22 million votes in Saturday's election. That is almost double the votes won by his main opponent Muhammadu Buhari. The announcement led to rioting in the northern part of the country. Opposition supporters burned houses and tires, and threw rocks at police in protest of the results. They say there was cheating in Saturday's vote. The Nigerian Red Cross says more than 270 people have been wounded in election related violence. It says the danger forced 15,000 others to flee their homes.

Huge electoral gains made by the True Finns party in Finland are expected to interfere with European Union loan plans. The True Finns increased its representation from just six to 39 seats in parliament in the election Sunday. There are a total of 200 seats in the legislature. The True Finns opposes EU financial rescue plans for Portugal, Ireland, Greece and other EU countries.

Several top leaders from Yemen's ruling group have withdrawn their support for President Ali Abdullah Saleh and formed a new party. The new Justice and Development Bloc released a statement Monday. It demands an end to Mr. Saleh's rule and states opposition to the suppression of protests. Mohammed Abulahoum, a leader of the nation's powerful Bakeel tribe is among the founding members of the new party. Other members include the former ministers for tourism, human rights and transport, as well as several lawmakers.

Thousands of Syrian demonstrators are occupying a public park in the central city of Homs. They say that would remain in Sa'a Jadida Square until President Bashar al-Assad is ousted. Witnesses say the protestors are setting up small temporary shelters. The protestors also demand an end to emergency laws. The measures have been in place for many years and give security forces wide powers to arrest and detain. The occupation in Homs followed a funeral march in the city for at least 12 people killed in clashes Sunday. Syrian officials say their country is the target of a conspiracy. They blamed the violence on armed gangs and outsiders supplied with weapons from Lebanon and Iraq.

About 1,000 foreign workers and wounded Libyans left the western city of Misrata on a rescue ship Monday. United Nations and Libyan officicals reached agreement on Sunday to allow people to leave the area safely. But Libya has not answered a United Nations call for an immediate cease-fire. U.N. Secratary-General Ban Ki-moon and his assistant Valerie Amos expressed great concern over the effect of the conflict on civilians. Shelling and gunfire by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi killed 17 people in Misrata Sunday.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Bahrain's foreign minister says troops from nearby countries will remain in the nation until threats from Iran have eased. Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said the foreign troops are needed to answer, what he called a "campaign" by Iran in Bahrain. Last month, Bahrain's Sunni Muslim rulers asked Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for military help to battle a Shi'ite protest movement. The uprising began in February. Shi'ites in Bahrain are demanding more freedom and equal rights. Bahrain is blaming Iran.

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected an appeal from the last five Chinese Muslim detainees at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ethnic Uighurs had asked the court to consider if a judge can order their release into the United States. But the court says it would not hear the case. The Uighurs have been held for almost nine years. They were cleared for release years ago, but they rejected offers to be resettled in the Pacific nation of Palau or another unidentified country. The Chinese government accuses the men of membership in a terrorist group. China wants the men returned. The United States has refused. But it also will not give the men asylum.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is calling for an end to bombing by unpiloted American airplanes. Mr. Gilani met with John Boehner, the speaker of the American House of Representatives. He is the leader of a congressional delegation to Pakistan. Mr. Gilani told him that the United States must share intelligence with Pakistan, so it can act against terrorists in the country.

Violent demonstrations continue in Burkina Faso. Protestors burned down the headquarters of the ruling party in Koudougou. They also burned the house of the former prime minster. In the northern city of Kaya soldiers and police protested. They fired shots into the air and raided businesses. The security forces are angry because they have not been paid for housing and food. It is the first time they have taken part in the protests. The activists are protesting rising food prices, crime and the government's slowness in establishing eforms. President Blaise Compaore dismissed his government and he named a new army chief last Friday.

Japan is using robots to measure radiation levels, temperatures and other conditions inside its damaged nuclear Daiichi power station. The United States-based i-Robot Corporation loaned the two robots to the Tokyo Electric Power Company. The robots can enter the damaged reactors which are too dangerous for humans. TEPCO officials say workers are still at the Daiichi station carrying out engineering work to cool the reactors.

Briefly here again is the major news of the hour.

Election officials in Nigeria have declared President Goodluck Jonathan the winner of the nation's presidential election. Several top leaders from Yemen's ruling group have withdrawn their support for President Ali Abdullah Saleh and have formed a new party. And America's top court has rejected an appeal from the last five Chinese Muslim detainees at the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

That's the news in VOA Special English.

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