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WORLD NEWS - April 20th, 2011

发布日期:4-20-2011

我们勤劳的会员“babyface”于2011年4月20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.

The Syrian government has approved a bill to end almost 50 years of emergency laws. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad needs to sign the bill for it to become law. Cancellation of the emergency laws was a major demand of recent anti-government protests. The official SANA news agency also reported Tuesday that Syria would suspend its security court that tries political prisoners. The report says Syria will also permit peaceful protests if protest organizers receive permission from the Interior Ministry. And yet, Syrian officials moved on Tuesday to limit anti-government protests. The Interior Ministry urged people to not take part in any protests, marches or other such events. The United States says it is concerned that Syria has replaced one restrictive law with another. A State Department spokesman said Syria must permit more democratic reforms and stop attacking its people.

Britain is sending military advisers to Libya to help the rebel forces. A statement Tuesday by Foreign Secretary William Hague said about 12 military advisers would help rebels with organization and communications. Mr. Hague said the advisers would not supply weapons or be involved in military attacks. In related news NATO officials said there are limits to using air power to protect Libyan civilians. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said France is opposed to sending fighting troops to Libya. NATO warplanes bombed command and communication centers near the Libyan capital Tripoli on Tuesday. NATO says it also bombed the headquarters of a Libyan military group that attacked civilians. NATO has been carrying out airstrikes to enforce the United Nations-ordered "no fly" area. The area is meant to protect civilians from Colonel Gadhafi's troops.

Reports from northern Nigeria say election riots have caused deaths and destruction in some areas. Witnesses say they have seen burned bodies on streets and homes and churches destroyed by fire. They said hospitals have more wounded people than they can take care of. On Tuesday, President Goodluck Jonathan called for an end to the violence in his country. He urged all political and religious leaders to condemn the violence. The president also suspended Nigeria's interior minister but did not say why. Riots began in the mostly Muslim north on Monday following reports that Mr. Jonathan had defeated former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Buhari is a Muslim. Mr. Jonathan is a Christian.

Cuban President Raul Castro has been named the head of the nation's ruling Communist Party. His brother, former President Fidel Castro had held the position since the party was formed 46 years ago. Raul Castro was named First Secretary on Tuesday during a Communist Party Congress in Havana. The 84-year-old former Cuban President Fidel Castro also attended the event. He has faced health problems during the past few years. Some political observers believe that younger leaders would be appointed to top party positions during the congress. Raul Castro is 79 years old. He announced that 80-year-old Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura would hold the party's number two position.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Officials in the United States say an airplane carrying first lady Michelle Obama had to turn away from a planned landing. The incident happened on Monday as the plane was preparing to land at Andrews Air Force base near Washington, D.C. Mrs. Obama's pilot was told by air traffic controllers to delay landing and did so, later landing safely. The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was within five kilometers of a large military base. FAA rules say airplanes should be at least eight kilometers apart. That is to help the second plane avoid dangerous winds caused by the first plane.

Officials in Texas say a wildfire burning near the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth has grown to more than 60,000 hectares. That is about two times as large as an estimate given on Monday. The fire is about 113 kilometers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Large fires are burning in many areas of Texas. The fires have destroyed homes and caused hundreds of people to flee.

The Obama Administration has announced a plan to fight the abuse of prescription drugs. The administration says the number of people who have taken too many prescription drugs by accident is very high. It said the number is higher than the total of those took too much of the drug cocaine in the 1980s. The Office of National Drug Control Policy says 27,000 people died from accidental drug overdoses in 2007. It said most of the drugs were prescribed or ordered for patients by their doctors. The administration said it plans to educate Americans about the problem. And create a plan to remove old prescription drugs from homes.

Finally, a man believed to be the oldest man in the world had his 114th birthday Tuesday. Jirouemon Kimura celebrated with a traditional morning meal of fish, rice and red beans. The Japanese man said he does not know why he has lived so long. But he said he alway had eaten very little. He said he stops eating when his stomach is 80 percent full. Mr. Kimura was born in 1897. He has seven children. Those seven have 14 children. Those 14 have 25 children. And those 25 have 11 children. A group that studies every old adults says there are five women who are older than Mr.Kimura. Two of them are in Japan.

Briefly, here again is the major news of the hour.

The Syrian government has passed a bill to cancel 50 years of emergency laws. Britain is sending 12 military advisers to Libya to help Libyan rebel forces with organization and communications. And Cuban President Raul Castro has been named the head of the nation's ruling Communist Party. His brother Fidel Castro had held the position since the party was formed 46 years ago.

That's the news in VOA Special English.

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