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WORLD NEWS - April 24th, 2011

发布日期:4-24-2011

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It is 00:30 universal time. I'm Fritzi Bowden Hymer in Washington.

Yemeni government officials say President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to a proposal to resign from office within 30 days. Gulf Arab negotiators made the proposal. The officials said Saturday that the government had told the Gulf Cooperation Council that President Saleh had accepted the plan. It calls for him to transform power after 30 years of rule. In exchange, Mr. Saleh, his family and top aides would not face legal charges. The plan also calls for the president to give power to a deputy who would then call for presidential elections. The plan also seeks to form a unity government in which ruling party members would hold half the seats, the opposition coalition would hold 40 percent, parties not in alliances would have the rest of the seats.

Witnesses say at least 12 people were killed when Syrian security forces fired on mourners attending funerals on Saturday. Rights groups and witnesses say thousands of people had gathered for the funerals in Douma and Izraa. They had gathered to mourn the deaths of at least 75 people reported killed on Friday, after security forces fired on anti-government protestors. Some mourners publicly criticized the government and repeated calls for President Bashar al-Assad to resign immediately. Separately, two Syrian parliament members have announced they are resigning to protest the killings of civilians.

The United States has announced its first Predator unmanned aircraft strike in Libya. A United States Defense Department statement says the airstrike took place on Saturday. However, the statement does not say where it took place. The American attack is part of an effort led by NATO to enforce a no-fly area over Libya. Rebels there are fighting to overthrow the government of Moammar Gadhafi. In the western city of Misrata, rebels say at least 15 people died Saturday in clashes between forces loyal to Mr. Gadhafi and the rebels. But the rebels say pro-Gadhafi forces seem to be withdrawing from the city.

Hundreds of Iraqi Shi'ites gathered in Baghdad Saturday. They were demonstrating to support Shi'ites in Bahrain who are struggling for a greater part in Bahrain's Sunni-led government. Some demonstrators in Iraq also denounced the presence of Saudi troops in Bahrain. In March, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa approved the entry into his country of Saudi soldiers and police from the United Arab Emirates. The goal was to help protect his government from unrest caused by the Shi'ite majority in his kingdom. Shi'ites in Iran and Lebanon have also spoken in support of Shi'ites living in Bahrain.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

NATO says one of its helicopters crashed in Afghanistan's Kapisa province Saturday. One crew member was killed. Officials say forces recovered a second crew member, but did not give details of his condition. The coalition said rescue forces came under enemy fire when they arrived at the crash. NATO says the cause of the crash is being investigated.

The United Nations and Haiti's major donor nations are questioning whether there was cheating in the final results of legislated elections. Election results announced this week showed vote totals from 18 legislative races had been changed since earlier this month. All but two of the new results favored candidates from the ruling Unity Party of outgoing president Rene Preval. The U.N. said the results raised serious concerns about the vote-counting.

In Chad, political observers say President Idriss Deby will probably win another term. The election is set for Monday after a three-week delay. But Mr. Deby's three top opponents have withdrawn and have called for voters to also boycott the vote. The opposition leaders have been demanding election reforms, including new voter registration lists and permission papers to vote. Two candidates from smaller opposition parties remain in the race, but Mr. Deby is widely expected to defeat them by many votes.

The Tibetan government in exile says it is deeply concerned about China's campaign of increased security at a large Tibetan Buddhist religious center. A statement Saturday by the Kashag or cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration said Chinese police severely beat Tibetans gathered at the Kirti monastery. The center is in an ethnically Tibetan area of the Chinese province of Sichuan. The statement says the group had been trying to stop police from taking away about 300 religious workers in military trucks. The Kashag says most of the Tibetans gathered at the monastery were old. It says two of them died after being beaten.

And in Rome Pope Benedict is leading the world's Roman Catholics into Easter with a late-night service on Saturday at St. Peter's Basilica. The observance of the Christian holy week will end with the pope holding an Easter service on Saturday in St. Peter's Square. Christians believe that Easter is the day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

briefly here again is the major news of the hour.

Yemeni government officials say Presdient Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to a proposal to resign from office within 30 days. Witnesses in Syria say at least 12 people were killed when security forces fired on mourners attending funerals Saturday. And the United States says it has launched its first pilotless airstrike in Libya.

That's the news in VOA Special English. I'm Fritzi Bowden Hymer.

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