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WORLD NEWS - April 30th, 2011

发布日期:4-30-2011

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

Witnesses and activists say at least 62 people were killed in protests across Syria on Friday. Syrian security forces fired on anti-government protesters who opposed a government campaign against demonstrations. Western news media say the deaths were reported in the central city of Homs, the nearby town of Rastan and the southern city of Daraa. Separately, the government said four of its soldiers were killed and two captured when gunmen attacked a military position in Daraa.

President Obama went to the American state of Alabama Friday to examine the damage left by violent storms and offer support to people who survived them. The president told those affected that his most important goal is to help them recover. He said the property damage is extensive, but that he is moved by the strength of the community. Violent storms and tornadoes have killed about 320 people across the southern United States in recent days. On Wednesday, at least 36 people were killed in the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Mr. Obama said he has never seen damage like what he saw in Tuscaloosa. Some neighborhoods were flattened.

Britain's Prince William and his new wife Catherine Middleton spent Friday night with family and friends at Buckingham Palace in London. The prince and his wife officially became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after their marriage at Westminster Abbey. About 300 close friends and family members were invited to the celebrations at Buckingham Palace. Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip promised to leave the building early so that the younger crowd could enjoy a nightlong party.

Palestinian officials say Egypt has invited Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to Cairo to sign an agreement between the two groups. Officials said Friday, the signing would take place next week. The agreement calls for the formation of a temporary government followed by presidential and legislative elections within a year.

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi clashed with Tunisian soldiers on Friday. Libyan government troops crossed the Tunisian border while chasing rebel fighters. Tunisian officials ordered a meeting with Libya's embassador to protest the incident. The government forces have been attempting to regain the border crossing in the Wazin area. The rebels seized the crossing last week.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

The United States Defense Department says it has made what it calls "tangible progress" in the war in Afghanistan. The Defense Department said Taliban fighters have been forced out of positions they once controlled in the south of the country. But it told the United States Congress that the progress is weak. And it said difficult fighting remains as militants attempted to win back territory from international and Afghan troops.

German police say they arrested three suspected members of al-Qaida. The three men all from Morocco where detained in the cities of Duesseldorf and Bochum on Friday. Police have described the men as a "concrete and imminent" danger to the country. Officials arrested them on charges of planning a terrorist attack, but did not release details about possible targets. Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said the incident proves Germany is still a target of international terrorists. The three suspects are to appear in court Saturday. Officials say more information will be released after the court hearing.

Reports say Azerbaijani gunmen shot and killed two ethnic Armenian separatist soldiers in the disputed area of Nagorno Karabakh. Separatist Karabakh officials reported Friday that the shooting came just one day after another Armenian soldier was killed in a similar incident. There was no immediate comment from officials in Azerbaijan. The deaths on Friday if confirmed would bring to 11 the number of people killed in gunfire this year in Nagorno Karabakh.

Kenyan police say they have arrested a Chinese man with more than 96 kilograms of ivory at the international airport in Nairobi. The man was detained shortly before getting on a flight to China. Officials said he most likely entered Kenya from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last December, police at the Nairobi airport arrested two men from Singapore. Those men were carrying 92 kilograms of ivory in their belongings.

Two people were killed and at least 120 people wounded in rioting Friday in Uganda's capital. Police fired bullets and tear gas at protesters in Kampala. Rioters burned tires and set up blockades in the city to protest the most recent arrest of opposition leader Kizza Besigye. He was arrested on Thursday for the fourth time this month. Video showed police attacking his car window and firing tear gas at him. He was later released and arrived in Kenya late Friday for medical treatment.

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

Witnesses and activists say at least 62 people were killed in protests across Syria Friday. Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine Middleton spent Friday night with family and friends at Buckingham Palace in London. And forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have clashed with Tunisian soldiers.

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

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