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WORLD NEWS - May 14th, 2011

发布日期:5-14-2011

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文章来源:WORLD NEWS - May 14th, 2011

It is 00:30 universal time, here now the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting live from the VOA news center in Washington.

Libyan state television broadcasted recorded message from Moammar Gadhafi late Friday. The Libyan leader said that he is alive and in a place where NATO bombs can not reach him. Earlier, Italy's foreign minster said there were unconfirmed reports that Mr. Gadhafi is probably wounded after weeks of NATO airstrikes in Libya. Foreign Minister Franco Frattini spoke to reporters Friday. Mr. Frattini said he received information from the Roman Catholic bishop in Tripoli, Giovanni Martinelli. Bishop Martinelli reportedly said that Mr. Gadhafi has probably fled the city. However, a Libyan government spokesman denied the report. NATO has attacked a number of Libyan military positions in Tripoli. But the alliance denys that Mr. Gadhafi was a target.

At least 80 people are confirmed killed after two suicide bombings in Pakistan's northwest. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks. The group said they were meant to answer to the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and it promised more attacks for the deaths. The bombers attacked a military training center in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Officials said many of those killed were news military trainees. More than 120 people were wounded. The bombs exploded when the trainees were entering vehicles to go home for a short visit. Pakistani leaders, the United States, Britain and the United Nations all condemned the attack.

The Pakistani parliament has approved a measure condemning the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The measure also urges Pakistan to re-examine ties with the United States. Pakistan's Senate and National Assembly held a joint meeting on Friday. Lawmakers questioned the head of the country's intelligence agency and military leaders. The questioning was closed to the press and the public. After the meeting, the lawmakers called for an independent group to investigate the raid. And they said American drone strikes in Pakistan must stop immediately. They said the strikes violate Pakistan's borders.

Thousands of people gathered in a main square of Cairo Friday. They called for continued political reforms and end to religious violence, and support for the Palestinian cause. Last weekend, at least 12 people were killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians. Violence between Egypt's Coptic Christians and conservative Muslims has led to calls for peaceful coincidence. Separately, the wife of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak entered a hospital Friday. Officials said Suzanne Mubarak had reportedly suffered a heart attack. Hours earlier, officials ordered her detained for 15 days. Egypt's state-operated media said the detention order came after she and her husband were questioned in the Red Sea town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

President Obama has announced the resignation of America's special representative to the Middle East, George Mitchell. Mr. Obama says the United States will continue to work for peace in the area. Efforts to negotiate peace between Israelis and Palestinians have been delayed for months. Mr. Mitchell is a former United States senator. He has worked for more than two years in efforts to bring peace to Palestinians and Israelis. He has repeatedly travelled to the Middle East and met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Next week, the president will speak about American policy in the Middle East and North Africa. He also plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

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

Activists say government forces killed at least two demonstrators Friday, as tens of thousands of Syrians protested around the country. Human rights groups said forces fired on anti-government protesters in the central city of Homs. Rights groups and news agencies also reported deadly clashes in other Syrian cities. Those reports could not be confirmed. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had deployed tanks and thousands of troops into cities and towns across the country. Demonstrators continued to protest even with the heavy presence of security forces. Western news agencies reported an activist as saying troops had been ordered not to fire.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has told reporters in Sana'a, he has no immediate plans of leaving his post. Mr. Saleh described his opponents as criminals during his speech on Friday. He also urged the opposition to stop playing with fire. He said the Yemeni military would not just sit by and watch. After his speech, Yemen's opposition accused the president of calling for war. Also Friday, anti-government activists gathered throughout Yemen for what they are calling "Friday of decisiveness" protest.

And Malaysia's state-owned oil company says it will build a $20 billion oil processing center in the southern part of the country. Petronas announced Friday, it will build the oil refinery in Johor state, which is next to Singapore. Malaysia and Singapore are the largest oil producers in southeast Asia. The planned refinery will be able to produce 300,000 barrels of oil a day. The project is supposed to be completed by 2016. Petronas announced it may also build a national gas center in the area.

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

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says he is alive and in a place where NATO bombs can not reach him. Earlier, Italy's foreign minister noted unconfirmed reports that the Libyan leader is probably wounded. Pakistani officials say at least 80 people were killed in two suicide bombings in the country's northwest. And the parliament in Pakistan has approved a measure condemning the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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

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