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WORLD NEWS - May 8th, 2011

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

The United States has released videos of Osama bin Laden that were seized by American forces from his home in Pakistan. The videos show bin Laden watching himself on television and preparing to make statements. One video showed him watching television news programs about himself. United States navy special forces members, known as SEALs, killed bin Laden last Monday during a raid on his home. An intelligence official told reporters the videos and other material seized from the home show bin Laden was active in leading al-Qaida.

Opposition lawmakers in Pakistan are urging the president, the prime minister and other top officials to resign. The main opposition leader in parliament says those who failed to stop the raid by American navy members that killed bin Laden should take responsibility and leave office. On Saturday, the head of Pakistan's army met with President Asif Ali Zardari to discuss the raid. Pakistan says it is concerned that the United States attacked without the permission of Pakistan.

Egyptian officials say five people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded in fighting Saturday between Christians and Muslims in the Imbaba region of Cairo. Egypt's official news agency says the violence began after people were told that a Christian woman who had changed her religion to Islam had married a Muslim man. Witnesses say Muslims went a Coptic church, believing the woman was being held there against her will. The witnesses say there was gunfire, and that Muslim protesters threw firebombs which caused buildings to be set on fire. Security forces fired shots into the air and used tear gas to separate the two sides.

Rights activists say Syrian troops have killed six people in the city of Banias, four women are among those killed. Syrian troops with tanks entered the city earlier. The troops arrived one day after fighting between security forces and anti-government protesters killed at least 31 people. Witnesses say military boats are guarding the waters off the coastal city. The French news agency AFP says Syrian tanks have surrounded the nearby town of Baida. Activists say electricity and communications were cut in Banias before the troops entered the city. Banias has been the main center of protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

Libyan rebels say Italy has agreed to give them weapons to fight government forces. But in Rome Saturday, the Italian foreign ministry said Italy had agreed only to give the rebels supplies for their self-defense. Also Saturday, Libyan government forces destroyed the only source of fuel in the last rebel-controlled city in western Libya. Rockets struck four large oil tanks in Misrata, the port city has been under attack by government forces for more than two months.

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

The ruling party in Singapore has won a large majority in parliament in national elections. But the opposition made a stronger showing than ever before. Election results announced Sunday from the vote on Saturday showed the People's (election) Action Party won 81 of the 87 seats in parliament. The six seats won by the opposition is the most it has ever held. The vote is considered the most competitive election since Singapore gained independence from Britain in 1965. Opposition candidates run for all but five of the seats in parliament. In past elections, the opposition has run for only a small number of offices and has had few seat in parliament. Election officials say the ruling party won about 60 percent of the vote. In the last election, in 2006, the ruling party won 67 percent.

A government lawyer in Ivory Coast says officials have questioned former President Laurent Gbagbo. Mr. Gbagbo was asked about accusations of rights abuses while he was president. Simplice Kouadio Koffi told reporters that Mr. Gbagbo was questioned Saturday without his lawyers present. Mr. Gbagbo's team of French lawyers flew into the city of Abidjan Friday, but were not allowed to enter the country. Officials say the lawyers did not have proper visas. Mr. Koffi said Mr. Gbagbo's wife will be questioned Sunday. Simone Gbagbo was an important official in her husband's government.

The Greek prime minister is denying reporters that Greece is trying to leave the eurozone. George Papandreou said Saturday, that a report in a German news magazine was completely untrue. He said everyone should leave Greece alone, so it can do its job in peace. On Friday, the online vision of Der Spiegel said Greece had noted the possibility of leaving the zone. The magazine also reported that eurozone states discussed Greece leaving the zone in a secret meeting in Luxemburg.

And a horse named Animal Kingdom has won the 137th Kentucky Derby race at Churchill Downs near Louisville, Kentucky. Animal Kingdom came from behind to cross the finish line in just over two minutes and two seconds. Rider John Velazquez won the Derby for the first time after taking part in the event 13 times. The Kentucky Derby is the first of three races that make up the sport's Triple Crown in the United States.

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

The United States has released videos of Osama bin Laden that were seized by American forces from his home in Pakistan. Opposition lawmakers in Pakistan are urging top officials to resign because they failed to stop the raid that killed bin Laden. And an Egyptian officials say five people were killed in fighting between Christians and Muslims Saturday in the Imbaba region of Cairo.

There's more at voanews.com. And that's the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise in Washington.

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