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WORLD NEWS - May 2nd, 2011

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It is 00:30 universal time, here is the news in Special English.

Attackers have damaged the Italian and British embassies in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The embassy attacks appeared to be an answer to a NATO missile strike that reportedly killed the youngest son and three grandchildren of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The United Nations says it is removing its international workers from Tripoli because of the unrest in the city. British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the attacks. He said they violate the international agreement, known as the Vienna Convention. Mr. Hague also said the British government is expelling the Libyan embassador to Britain. Italy confirmed its embassy was among several in Tripoli damaged by criminals. Most western embassies closed their offices and removed their employees from Tripoli before a NATO intervention began several weeks ago.

Witnesses say officials in Syria have arrested hundreds of people in the city of Daraa. Syrian troops entered the city Sunday firing weapons and arresting people in an attempt to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad. Residents in Daraa say Syrian security forces are detaining all males age 15 and older in what appears to be an attempt to scare the public. Lawyers and activists also are reportedly being targeted. Fuel, water, power and communications have been severely interrupted in Daraa for six days. The city is at the center of the six-week anti-government protest in Syria. Nearly all foreign media have been banned from Syria, making it almost impossible to confirm reports.

Afghan officials say the Taliban has started its yearly spring season offensive by using a boy as a suicide bomber in an attack in the eastern part of the country. Four people were killed. The attack happened at a market place in Paktika province Sunday. The dead include the head of the local council in the Shakeen area. Twelve other people were wounded in the attack. A provincial government spokesman says the suicide bomber was 12 years old. It was not clear how officials learned the bomber's age. It is rare for the Taliban to use suicide bombers that young. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his government released statements condemning the attack.

The President of Ivory Coast says former prime minster Charles Konan Banny will lead efforts to help heal the country following its months long political crisis. Alassane Ouattara spoke to reporters in Abidjan Sunday. He had met earlier with members of the so-called Elders group. The diplomats include former United Nations chief Kofi Annan, South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu and former Irish president Mary Robinson. Mr. Ouattara said Mr. Banny will soon be named chief of the Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation. Mr. Banny served under former president Laurent Gbagbo. Ivory Coast has suffered deadly political violence for four months. It began after Mr. Gbagbo refused to accept defeat in the presidential election in November.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Thousands of workers demonstrated in cities around the world Sunday to mark international Labor Day. In Turkey, tens of thousands of people gathered in Istanbul for a demonstration organized by the Turkish trade unions. In Russia, thousands demonstrated in support of the government. Smaller anti-government gatherings also took place there. Thousands of workers also marched in Germany, Portugal, South Korea and the Philippines. They protested working conditions, severe economic measures and rising inflation. In Cuba, hundreds of thousands of people marched in Havana to celebrate recent economic reforms.

Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans gathered in Colombo to protest a United Nations report released last Monday. The report says the Sri Lankan government may have carried out serious human rights violations in the final month of a civil war that ended in 2009. The ruling party of Sri Lankan President Mahinde Rajapakse organized Sunday's protest. Mr. Rajapakse told the crowd that government troops fought sympathetically against Tamil rebels. He said Sri Lankan officials provided food to captured fighters and help them to recover after the war. He also said some rebels who were trained to be suicide bombers were provided a university education.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has declared former Pope John Paul II as "blessed". Pope Benedict made the declaration during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square in Rome. Pope John Paul II died in 2005. The church has now moved one step closer to making him a saint. About 1.5 million people crowded into St. Peter's Square and the surrounding area to hear the declaration.

The American space agency says the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour will be delayed by at least another week. Electrical problems caused the launch to be cancelled last Friday. NASA said there was a problem in a switch box that controls power to heaters that prevent the shuttles fuel lines from freezing. NASA officials say Endeavour would be launched no earlier than May 8. They say it will take time to replace the box, try to learn what caused it to fail and test the new one. The six-member shuttle crew is to transport a $2 billion scientific instrument to the International Space Station. It will be the 25th and final flight for Endeavour.

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

In Libya, attackers have damaged the Italian and British embassies in Tripoli. Witnesses say officials in Syria have arrested hundreds of people in the city of Daraa in an attempt to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad. And Afghan officials say the Taliban has started its yearly spring season offensive by using a boy as a suicide bomber in an attack in Paktika province.

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

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