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WORLD NEWS - April 23rd, 2011

发布日期:4-23-2011

我们勤劳的会员“babyface”于2011年4月23日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

It is now 00:30 universal time and here is the news in Special English from the Voice of America. I'm Robert Cohen in Washington.

In Libya, a top diplomat says the army will withdraw from the rebel-held city of Misrata. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said Friday that the city will be left to the tribes around Misrata and the Misrata people. He did not say when the army would leave. Earlier Friday, American lawmaker John McCain visited the Libyan rebel headquarters in Benghazi. Senator McCain met with opposition leaders and called on world powers to recognize the rebels' temporary council. He also called on the United States to give more aid to help the rebels remove Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from power.

Human rights activists say at least 75 people have been killed in Syria after security forces across the country shot at anti-government protestors Friday. Demonstrators called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave office immediately. Friday was the deadliest day of protests in Syria since the rebellion began in March. Most deaths took place in the southern Daraa area. News agencies reported deaths near the capital, Damascus and in the city of Homs. In Washington, President Obama demanded an end to Syria's violence against protestors. He also accused Mr. Assad of seeking Iranian help in using violence to repress Syria's citizens.

Tens of of thousands of protestors demonstrated across Yemen Friday to demand the removal of their leader. President Ali Abdullah Saleh answered the protests outside the presidential home in Sana'a. He said he welcomes efforts by a six-nation Gulf Arab committee. But he said any proposals must meet constitutional requirements. The committee is offering to end anti-government unrest and speed up his resignation from office.

The top U.S. military officer says time is running short for any negotiations on whether the United States will maintain troops in Iraq. Admiral Michael Mullen spoke at a news conference in Baghdad Friday. He said there has been no request from the Iraqi government for forces to remain in Iraq after December. A statement on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's website late Thursday said he had told Mullen that Iraqi troops are prepared to take responsibility for security. The Wall Street Journal reports American and Iraqi officials are in talks about keeping some American troops in Iraq past the time limit.

Officials in Nigeria say more than 20 people have been killed in an explosion in the northern part of the country. Security forces say the explosion took place in the city of Kaduna, the capital of the Kaduna state. Reuters news agency says at least two people were killed as they accidentally set off a bomb they were trying to build. Riots began in the mostly Muslim north after Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan won another term.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Millions people around the world celebrated Earth Day Friday by promising to personally act to improve the environment. Friday marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. Activists in the United States organized the first Earth Day after a disastrous oil spill off the country's West Coast. Almost 200 countries now mark Earth Day. As Earth Day began, organizers estimated that more than 100 million people had already promised to help improve the health of the planet. These actions included actions reducing the use of toxic chemicals and using energy-saving light bulbs. Other ideas to help the environment include more use of public transportation and eating food grown locally.

Security is high in Indonesia after police prevented a bomb attack on a church during Good Friday services. Police said Friday they had arrested 19 suspects in connection with the plot. On Thursday, police disarmed five bombs near the Christ Cathedral in the Tangerang area of Jakarta.

In Japan, Emperor Akihito has visited with people made homeless by last month's earthquake and tsunami. This is his second visit to the disaster area north of Tokyo. The emperor and Empress Michiko spent Friday with survivors in Kita Ibaraki. The town's port was badly damaged, the local fishing industry has suffered over fears that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power center has harmed fish. Also in Japan, the Toyota Motor Company says that problems caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will reduce its international production. The world's largest car manufacture says production will be reduced for much of the year. The company president said the factories lack about 150 parts used in making new vehicles. Akio Toyoda also said the company's Japanese operations would remain at about half of normal through July. He said full worldwide production would likely restart by December.

Officials in Thailand and Cambodia say their troops exchanged fire for several hours at a disputed area of the border early Friday. Both countries claimed ancient religious centers in the area.

And the United States is warning its citizens in Mexico to be careful because of drug-related violence. In a warning made Friday, the State Department noted the increased violence along the border and in major illegal drug trading areas. The warning urges United States citizens to travel only during daylight hours, avoid remote roads and use pay roads whenever possible.

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

A Libyan diplomat says the army will withdraw from the rebel-held city of Misrata. Rights activists in Syria say at least 75 people have been killed after security forces across the country shot at protestors. And in Yemen tens of thousands of protestors demonstrated Friday to demand the removal of President Saleh.

From Washington, that's the news in Voice of America Special English.

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