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WORLD NEWS - May 13th, 2011

发布日期:5-13-2011

我们勤劳的会员“babyface”于2011年5月14日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

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

Yemeni security forces have opened fire on opposition activists in two major cities, killing at least two and wounding many others. The activity is a continuation of deadly attacks on protesters by government loyalists. Medics and people who live in the area say gunmen loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh fired on demonstrators in the central city of al-Bayda from the roof of a building Thursday. Yemeni security forces also opened fire to force opposition protesters to leave the southern city of Taiz, wounding several people.

Syrian activists say the government has arrested many people and has deployed tanks around cities in central Syria. They say Syrian security forces detained people from the city of Banias and other villages Thursday. President Bashar al-Assad has been trying to crush an anti-government uprising that began in mid-March. Rights groups say Syrian police arrested rights activist Najati Tayara in the city of Homs. One day earlier, he reported that Syrian troops were firing on civilian areas in Homs. Thursday, American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused the Syrian government of unlawful detention, torture and refusing to give medical treatment to the injured.

Italy's foreign minister says he expects the International Criminal Court will release an order for the arrest of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Franco Frattini said Mr. Gadhafi would not be able to go into exile if the order (is the order) released. Also Thursday, Britain invited the rebel Transitional National Council to open an office in the country. Britain has the largest Libyan community outside Libya. Prime Minister David Cameron made the announcement after meeting with the head of the group Mustafa Abdul-Jalil. Britain also promised to give the rebels communications equipment and military clothing. Also, the Obama Administration said Mr. Jibril and other members of the council will meet with American officials in Washington on Friday.

Government lawyers in Egypt say former president Hosni Mubarak and his wife, Suzanne, have been questioned over charges that they became hugely wealthy illegally. Officials said they were questioned in the Red Sea vacation area Sharm el-Sheikh. That is where Mr. Mubarak was hospitalized after being ousted from office during massive anti-government protests in February. The former president was asked about ordering the shooting of anti-government protesters. The lawyers have also launched investigations into corruption and abuse of power by the former president's sons, Gamal and Alaa.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

American officials say Osama bin Laden's handwritten papers show that the al-Qaida leader was urging his followers to target the United States in a large attack. Media reports say that officials spoke on the condition that they not be named. They said the notebook details al-Qaida's rules, possible targets and how to carry out attacks against them. It describes plots against American railroads and importance of attacking the United States.

New York City police have arrested two North African-born men who bought weapons as part of a planned attack on a Jewish religious center in the city. Mayor Michael Bloomberg told news reporters the men were arrested late Wednesday after buying weapons from an undercover police officer. The city's police commissioner Raymond Kelly said the men were acting on their own. He said police have not found any direct ties between the men and al-Qaida.

Police in Kosovo have used tear gas on a crowd of ethnic Albanians in the capital, Pristina. The Albanians were protesting a visit to the capital by Serbian officials. They threw rocks and red paint at the government building where Serbians and Kosovar officials met. Serbian news reports say protesters and police were injured and some cars were damaged. Most of the protesters were members of the opposition Self-Determination Party. The Serbian officials were the first to visit ethnic Albanian leaders of Kosovo. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Serbian leaders say they will never recognized Kosovo's independence. But they agreed to meet Kosovo's leaders to move toward membership in the European Union.

Voters in India's West Bengal state are expected to vote the Communist Party out of power. Official election results are expected Friday. West Bengal state has been ruled by the world's oldest democratically elected communist government. The communists have ruled the northeastern state for 34 years. Voter studies suggest the Trinamool Congress party may win more than 200 of the 294 seats in the state's parliament. Party leader Mamata Banerjee was beaten by Communist Party criminals nearly 20 years ago. She blames the state's poor economy on the party's rule.

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

Yemeni security forces have opened fire on opposition activists in two cities, killing at leat two and wounding many others. Italy's foreign minister says he expects the International Criminal Court to release an order for the arrest of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. And police in Kosovo have used tear gas on a crowd of ethnic Albanians protesting a visit to the capital by Serbian officials.

And that's the news in VOA Special English coming to you from Washington.

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