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WORLD NEWS - April 21st, 2011

发布日期:4-21-2011

我们勤劳的会员“babyface”于2011年4月21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.

France and Italy say they will join Britain in sending military advisers to help Libyan rebel forces. The Italian defense minister announced Wednesday that Italy will send ten advisers. Earlier Wednesday, France said it will send military advisers to help the Libyan rebels. Separately, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States will give the rebels $25 million worth of assistance. Officials said the aid could include vehicles, fuel transport trucks, radios and protective clothing. Fighting between Libyan government and rebel forces continued Wednesday in the city of Misrata. People there are asking for help from other nations. Medical officials in Misrata say a western photographer was killed and three other media workers were wounded.

In Syria anti-government protestors gathered in several cities on Wednesday. Rights activists say a mostly student group has clashed with supporters of President Bashar al-Assad near a university in the northern city of Aleppo. Protestors also gathered in Homs and the southern town of Daraa. Syrians are waiting for President al-Assad to sign a measure that will end nearly 50 years of emergency laws. In the United States, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned violence against the protestors in Syria. Mrs. Clinton urged the government to stop, what she called, illegal arrests and the torture of prisoners.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he will not resign from office. The president spoke to a women's group in Sana'a on Wednesday. He said that those who want to have power in Yemen should do so through elections. The country's Western and Gulf allies have attempted to negotiate an orderly change of government. The opposition says protests against Mr. Saleh's 32-year rule will continue unless he resigns immediately. Also Wednesday, European and Gulf foreign ministers met in the United Arab Emirates. The ministers said they were deeply concerned about the situation in Yemen. They urged the two sides to reach an agreement. The foreign minister of the UAE said the Gulf Cooperation Council will soon move to end the situation in Yeman. He did not say how.

American military lawyers want to put to death the man they accuse of ploting the bombing of an American Navy ship in Yemen. The Defense Department says it has charged Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri with terrorism and murder. The lawyers are asking that he be sentenced to death if found guilty. The military is holding Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at its detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The United States says he was responsible for planning the bombing of the USS Cole. Seventeen American sailors were killed in the attack eleven years ago. The suspect is a Saudi citizen. His family is from Yemen.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

America's top military officer says a Pakistani intelligence agency is still working with militants fighting in Afghanistan. Admiral Mike Mullen spoke to Pakistani media. He said that some members of Pakistan's Inter-Services intelligence agency have had ties with the Haqqani militant network for many years. Pakistani officials have denied the reported ties. Earlier Wednesday,Admiral Mullen arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit. He met with Pakistan's Army Chief Ashfaq Kayani. Admiral Mullen said they discussed the issue of drone attacks in Pakistan's northwest. But he did not say whether the United States would continue its campaign against militant targets.

The speaker of the United States House of Representatives has questioned President Obama's plan for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The president wants American forces to begin leaving Afghanistan in July. He wants all combat troops to leave the country by the end of 2014. House speaker John Boehner said the Obama Administration must explain how the troop withdrawal would not hurt the progress already made in Afghanistan. Mr. Boehner was in Afghanistan Wednesday for meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and General David Petraeus. The General is the commander of all NATO and American forces in Afghanistan. The Obama Administration has yet to react to the House speaker's comments.

President Obama told young Americans Wednesday that their help is needed to improve the nation's economy. The president spoke to a group of young people during a visit to the headquarters of the social networking web site Facebook in Palo Alto, California. Mr. Obama answered questions from the group and from people watching on Facebook. The event was planned to help him connect with younger voters who use technology and web sites like Facebook. More than 500 (million) people around the world have Facebook pages. The president's Facebook page has more than 19 million members.

The price of gold has set a record high for a second day. The price rose to 21560,506 an ounce on Wednesday. Observers say gold prices rose because investors are looking for an investment other than a weakening American dollar. The political unrest in the Middle East and other events have caused investors to look for more secure investments. Increasingly, they have bought gold and other precious metals. Earlier this week, the financial rating service Standard & Poor's lowed its estimate a future economic growth in the United States.

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

France and Italy say they will join Britain in sending military advisers to help Libyan rebel forces. In Syria anti-government protestors gathered in three cities Wednesday. Rights activists say protestors clashed with supporters of President Bashar al-Assad in the northern city of Aleppo. And America's top military officer says a Pakistani intelligence agency is still working with militants fighting in Afghanistan.

And that's the news in VOA Special English coming your way from Washington.

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