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WORLD NEWS - May 4th, 2011

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

The Administration of President Obama says Osama bin Laden was not armed when he was killed in a United States military raid in Pakistan. An administration spokesman told reporters that Osama bin Laden resisted arrest. He did not give details. The leader of al-Qaida was shot in the head and chest. The spokesman said that one of bin Laden's wives ran toward the United States forces. She was shot in the leg and was not killed. The spokesman said the United States is considering whether to release pictures from the raid. American officials say experts are studying intelligence that American Navy SEALs seized during the raid near Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

The Pakistani government has criticized the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The government warned that countries should not think they have the freedom to come and go through Pakistan. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry expressed deep concerns over the way the United States carried out the raid in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. Pakistan also said that its intelligence service, the ISI, had been sharing information about the building where Osama bin Laden was staying. Pakistan said that information had been shared with America's Central Intelligence Agency and what it called "other friendly agencies" since 2009.

An American diplomat says both Afghanistan and Pakistan agree with the United States that the killing of Osama bin Laden is a shared achievement. Marc Grossman is America's Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He spoke in Islamabad Tuesday, after a joint meeting with Pakistan's foreign secretary and Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister. Mr. Grossman said that Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States all want to end violent extremism.

France and Germany are asking the European Union to take steps against Syrian leaders because of their violent campaign against anti-government protesters. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says his country wants those leaders, too, include Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Germany's Deputy Foreign Minister Werner Hoyer said the Syrian government's cruelty leave the EU with no choice but to take action. A human rights group says Syrian officials have arrested more than 1,000 people since Saturday.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to surrender power and leave the country immediately. Mr. Erdogan said the Libyan leader has chosen blood, tears and destruction while ignoring calls for reform. The Turkish leader said Mr. Gadhafi must leave to prevent the Libyan people from further suffering. Turkey has been a strong ally of the Libyan government.

Iraqi security officials say a car bomb has exploded in a mainly Shi'ite area of southern Baghdad. The explosion has killed nine people and wounded at least 27 others. The incident took place Tuesday near a popular market in a Shi'ite area within Baghdad's mostly Sunni neighborhood of Dora. Iraqi security forces increased security Monday after American forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Japanese officials say radiation readings are between 100 and 1,000 times the normal level on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean near the Fukushima nuclear center. The power center was damaged in March after an earthquake and tsunami. The Tokyo Electric Power Company says it is placing air cleaners inside the damaged nuclear center so people can safely make repairs inside.

BP has agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle a United States investigation of two of the company's oil spills in 2006. The spills took place above the Arctic Circle on the North Slope of the northwestern state of Alaska. BP has also agreed to spend another $60 million to improve safety measures.

Ugandan lawyers are set to begin a three-day strike Wednesday. The lawyers are protesting the government's treatment of demonstrators who are complaining about high food and fuel prices. The chief of the Uganda Law Society on Tuesday accused police of using unnecessary force against protesters. The Society president also questioned how the courts have dealt with the cases of arrested protesters. Ugandan police have used ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas on protesters.

The United Nations is marking World Press Freedom Day with events around the world Tuesday. This year the events are exploring the ability of the Internet and other electronic media to aid freedom of expression, democracy and lasting development. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other U.N. officials released a joint statement to mark World Press Freedom Day. The statement said people of today can enjoy many forms of expression because of new technologies and media. But the officials warned that new methods to block, change and remove information are being developed every day.

Police in South Korea raided local offices of Google Incorporated on Tuesday. Police say they were searching for evidence that Google's mobile advertising operation has been illegally collecting private information without permission. Police carried away hard drives and other equipment. Google officials say they are cooperating with the investigation. The investigation is not directly related to an earlier investigation of Google in South Korea. That investigation concerned Google cars driving through neighborhoods and taking photographs of the company's Street View service.

Here again is the major news.

The Obama Administration says Osama bin Laden was not armed when he was killed in a United States military raid in Pakistan. The Pakistani government says countries should not think they have the freedom to come and go through Pakistan. And France and Germany are asking the EU to take steps against Syrian leaders because of violence against protesters.

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

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