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WORLD NEWS - April 27th, 2011

发布日期:4-27-2011

我们勤劳的会员“babyface”于2011年4月27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, here is the news in Special English.

Syria has expanded its military campaign against pro-democracy demonstrations. Witnesses reported hearing gunfire Tuesday in the city of Daraa. People there reportedly are too afraid to leave the city. Human rights activists and witnesses say at least 25 people were killed on Monday after Syrian troops and tanks entered Daraa to end demonstrations. Also on Tuesday, Syrian security forces were deployed near the coastal city of Banias and in the towns of Douma and Al-Muadamiyah. More than 400 people have been killed in Syria since the military campaign against pro-democracy protests started last month.

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shelled the port of Misrata Tuesday. Witnesses say pro-government forces also carried out military strikes on ethnic Berber towns in Libya's western mountains. The port in Misrata has provided supplies to people who live in the city - Libyan rebels and migrants. It is the only way out of the fighting which is lasted for weeks. The United Nations World Food Program said Tuesday that a ship with food, water and medical supplies arrived at the port on Saturday. The ship also was carrying three emergency medical vehicles. However, the attacks on Tuesday delayed the arrival of another aid ship.

Egyptian officials have decided against moving former President Hosni Mubarak to a military hospital because of his poor health. The government's top lawyer said Tuesday that Mr. Mubarak will stay detained at a hospital in the Red Sea town of Sharm el-Sheikh. The government was exploring the possibility of sending him to a military hospital after he had a medical examination. The 82-year-old former leader resigned from the presidency earlier this year.

Afghan officials say troops have captured 71 of the 488 prisoners who escaped from a jail in Kandahar province. The prisoners used a 300-meter underground passageway to flee from Sarposa jail Sunday. Security has been strengthened along Kandahar's border with Pakistan. Officials say information about each prisoner will be used to help identify and capture the remaining prisoners. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for their escape. Afghan Justice Minister Abibullah Ghalab admitted that the jailbreak must have involved inside helpers. But he said Afghan and international forces should have learned of the plot.

Pakistani officials say bombs have exploded near two buses carrying navy workers in Karachi. The explosions killed at least four people and injured more than 50 others. The victims included navy officers and other naval employees. Officials said the explosions took place just minutes apart in different areas of the city. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks. The group also promised more strikes against Pakistani security forces.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Nigerians voted for state governors Tuesday. The voting was the last of three nationwide elections that have already led to deadly riots and other violence. Witnesses reported problems during the vote Tuesday. They noted bomb attacks, a lack of election workers in some areas and gunmen stealing ballot boxes. Three bombs exploded in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. On Sunday, explosions in that city killed three people and wounded 14. Police say there were no deaths or injuries in the latest bombings. In the Niger Delta area, police said they found two unexploded bombs. One bomb was near a voting office and another near a government office.

Thai officials have raided several community radio stations in Bangkok. Officials say the radio stations are thought to be supportive of the anti-government "Red Shirt" movement. Police say the stations were raided Tuesday after broadcasting statements against Thailand's ruling family. The raids took place several days after the Thai government extended the power of police in areas of Bangkok. Officials say the action is aimed at keeping public order in preparation for the one-year anniversary of a violent government attack on opposition protesters. Police have permission to enact curfews and other restrictions on movement in areas of Bangkok where protesters gathered a year ago.

The Internation Monetary Fund says China could pass the United States as the world's biggest economy by 2016. Last year, China replaced Japan as the second leading world economy. A new report by the IMF says China will have the largest economy in five years, if current growth in the United States and China continues. In its report, the IMF measured what people in the two countries earn and spend. It found that China's economic production will grow from over 215901 trillion this year to 215909 trillion in 2016. The IMF says the United States economy would grow from over 15 trillion to 18 trillion during that same time period.

Officials in Colombia say 10 people have been kidnapped from a house in the state of Antioquia. Investigators say the incident took place Sunday. An armed group went to the home, reportedly looking for a group of criminals. Officials say that when the kidnappers could not find what they were looking for, they instead seized the people in the house. Officials believe the incident is linked to the illegal drug trade.

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

Syria has expanded its military campaign against pro-democracy demonstrations. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi attacked the port of Misrata Tuesday. And Afghan officials say troops have captured 71 of the 488 prisoners who escaped from a jail in Kandahar province on Sunday.

And that's the news in VOA Special English coming to you from Washington.

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