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WORLD NEWS - May 7th, 2011

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It is 00:30 universal time, it's Friday in America. Now the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting live from the VOA news center in Washington.

Al-Qaida is urging Muslims around the world to take action to protest the death of its leader Osama bin Laden. The American organization SITE intelligence reported Friday that the terrorist group confirmed the death of its leader for the first time. The group released a statement on militant websites. Al-Qaida promised to continue its attacks on the United States and its allies. It said the attacks would happen both inside and outside the United States. Al-Qaida also promised to release a recorded message that Osama bin Laden made the week before his death. American officials answered the statement saying they are carefully observing the group's actions.

President Obama has thanked members of the military team that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The president met privately with the Navy SEAL team at Fort Campbell, an army base in the state of Kentucky. Vice President Joe Biden also met with the Navy SEALs. Later Friday, the president spoke to hundreds of soldiers at the base. He said Osama bin Laden will never again threaten America because of the skill and bravery of many people. He said the United States has removed the leader of al-Qaida and will defeat the terrorist group. Also on Friday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the killing of Osama bin Laden could change American military efforts in Afghanistan. He said officials may know in six months or so, if the death has made a difference.

Human rights workers say clashes between Syrian security forces and protesters have killed at least 31 people. Activists say thousands of people marched after Friday prayers. Protesters gathered in Damascus and several other Syrian cities. They called for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad's government. Activists said Syrian forces shot and killed at least 26 people. On Friday, the Obama Administration said the United States and its allies will take additional steps against the Syrian government unless it stops killing protesters. The administration did not say what those steps might be.

Tunisian police fired tear gas and clashed with crowds of protesters on Friday. It was the second day of demonstrations in the capital, Tunis. The protesters demanded the resignation of the country's temporary government. They also called for a new revolution. They say members of ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's government could be interfering in the current situation in Tunisia. Media reports say security forces also attacked reporters and took their cameras.

You are listening to news in VOA Special English coming to you live from Washington.

Pakistani officials say an American missile strike has killed at least 15 suspected militants near the Afghan border. Officials say the attack targeted a base in the tribal area of North Waziristan. It was the first such attack in Pakistan since American forces killed Osama bin Laden during a raid in Abbottabad early Monday. American missile strikes against militants in Pakistan's tribal area have caused tension between the two countries. American officials do not discuss the strikes publicly. The Pakistan government says the strikes weaken their power to govern.

The United States economy gained 244,000 jobs in April. However, the unemployment rate increased to 9 percent. The Labor Department released report Friday, saying most of the increase in employment is from private companies. The increase in unemployment comes from continuing losses in state and local government jobs.

In Italy, thousands of transport and government employees did not report for work Friday. The strike caused cancellation of flights at Italy's mean airports. Bus and train service was slow during the morning and later in the day. The largest labor union in Italy called the strike to protest economic conditions. The union held demonstrations across the country Friday. It wants the government to spend more money on creating jobs. Italy's rate of unemployment is 8.30 percent. However, almost 30 percent of young people do not have a job.

And finally at this hour. In India, hundreds of Airline pilots agreed Friday to return to work. The pilots flew for Indian Airlines before it joined with Air India. They stopped working ten days ago. They said they had not received the same level of pay as pilots for Air India. The company agreed to consider the pilots' demands for higher pay and for letting former pilots return to work. The strike caused huge losses for Air India. Industry observers say the company has many of the same problems as other businesses operated by the Indian government.

Now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour read to you in VOA Special English.

Al-Qaida is urging Muslims around the world to take action to protest the death of Osama bin Laden. President Obama met Friday with members of the military tream that killed the al-Qaida leader in Pakistan. And Tunisian police fired tear gas and clashed with crowds of protesters Friday. The protesters were demanding the ouster of the country's acting government.

And that's the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise in Washington.

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