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WORLD NEWS - April 22nd, 2011

发布日期:4-22-2011

我们勤劳的会员“babyface”于2011年4月22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.

Witnesses in western Libya say rebels have taken control of a border crossing with Tunisia after fierce clashed with pro-government forces. Tunisia's state-run TAP news agency says 13 Libyan soldiers crossed into Tunisia where they were detained. Several news agencies have reported witnesses as saying as many as 100 soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fled into Tunisia and surrendered. Government forces remained in control of the main border crossing to the north. Also Thursday fighting continued in Misrata. A day earlier, two western members of the media were killed during heavy fighting in the city.

The American Defense Secretary says a stronger effort against the Taliban has driven them from areas they have controlled for years. Robert Gates said that if allied forces prevent the Taliban from retaking those areas this summer, a turning point will have been reached in the war. He spoke to reporters at the Pentagon Thursday. The United States has almost 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. President Obama has promised to begin withdrawing some of them in July.

The head of Pakistan's army has rejected American suggestions that Pakistan is not doing enough in the war on terrorism. General Ashfaq Kayani said Pakistani efforts show the country is serious about defeating militants. The general spoke after meeting with the visiting top American military officer Admiral Mike Mullen. On Wednesday, Admiral Mullen said some members of Pakistan's military intelligence agency are working with Haqqani network militants fighting in Afghanistan. Pakistan has denied any relationship with the al-Qaida-linked group. This was the first time a top American officical has publicly connected Pakistani military intelligence officers with the group.

Ugandan police have arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye for the third time this month. Mr. Besigye was trying to lead a protest in the capital, Kampala against increasing fuel and food prices. Police charged him with illegally leading a protest. He was ordered to remain in jail until at least April 27. The protest was the fourth gathering he had organized to criticize transportation costs. He has urged people in the capital to walk to work instead of driving. Police fired tear gas to stop the protest. Mr. Besigye ran for president in February. He came in second but far behind President Yoweri Museveni. It was the third election he has lost to Mr. Museveni.

Nigerian officials have announced election delays in Kaduna and Bauchi states because of security concerns. The elections for governor will be delayed by two days. There has been deadly rioting in the two mostly Muslim states since Goodluck Jonathan won the presidential election. He is a Christian. His opponent is a Muslim. Hours before the delays were announced, Mr. Jonathan told the nation that the elections to decide state governors would take place as planned next week despite the riots. Experts say these elections could be the most violent. State governors in Nigeria control large budgets and help make government policy. The International Criminal Court said Thursday, it is investigating whether it has power to deal with crimes committed during violence after the presidential election.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

In Turkey, the top election agency has changed its disputed decision to block 12 pro-Kurdish candidates from June elections. Election officials said Thursday, at least six of the candidates will be permitted on the ballot. Earlier thousands of Kurds marched in the streets during a funeral for protestor Ibrahim Oruc. Mr. Oruc was killed by police on the third day of demonstrations over the banning of the candidates. Hundreds of police were present as his body was taken from a Muslim religious center in Diyarbakir to Bismil to be buried. The ban against the Kurdish candidates comes as the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party faces government legal action against almost 2,000 party members. They are accused of supporting militant Kurdish separatists.

Shipping companies are reporting violence at the port in the Chinese city of Shanghai. The city is the world's busiest port. News agency reports say truck drivers are protesting increased fuel prices and port fees. Shipping officials say truck drivers have blocked parts of the port since Wednesday. The Associated Press reports that some drivers broke the windows of other truck drivers who refused to join the protest. At least eight truck drivers were arrested when they tried to turn over a city government car. Chinese media have been mostly silent about the protests.

Activists say a video recording of events at a Tibetan religious center disputes the Chinese government claim that conditions are normal there. The recording can be found on the Tibetan pages at www.voanews.com. The rights group International Campaign for Tibet says the video was recorded last month. It shows Chinese security forces at the Kirti religious center in China's Sichuan province. It also shows a young Tibetan religious worker covered with burns. The young monk set himself on fire March 16 to protest China's policies on Tibet.

The American government says it will watch rising gas prices to see if anyone is making illegal profits. The top government lawyer Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that officials from government agencies would look closely for wrongdoing. He wants drivers in America to be confident that they are not paying more for gasoline because of crimes. He said when drivers are harmed by unlawful acts, governments should act quickly.

And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour.

Rebels in Libya have taken a border crossing from Libyan forces near the border with Tunisia. The American defense secretary says a stronger effort against the Taliban has driven them from areas they have controlled in Afghanistan for years. And the chief of Pakistan's army has rejected American suggestions that Pakistan is not doing enough in the war on terrorism.

That's the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

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