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WORLD NEWS - May 17th, 2011

发布日期:5-17-2011

我们勤劳的会员“babyface”于2011年5月17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.

The International Criminal Court has asked judges to order the arrest of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, one of his sons and Libya's chief of intelligence. Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said there is evidence that Mr. Gadhafi had personally ordered attacks on civilians in Libya in February. NATO-led aircraft launched new raids Monday on an area of Tripoli and Zawiya, about 50 kilometers west of the capital. At least three explosions believed caused by NATO strikes, were heard near the Gadhafi headquarters in Tripoli. The foreign minister of Russia says representatives of the Libyan leader will arrive in Moscow Tuesday for talks. Representatives of the Libyan opposition are to come at a later date.

Syria has deployed more tanks around villages near the Lebanese border and the city of Daraa. The National Organization for Human Rights in Syria says at least 850 people have been killed since the start of a campaign against government opponents. The organization reported that at least 34 people were killed just in the past five days in the southern villages of Inkhil and Jassem. More than 5,000 Syrians have fled to Lebanon since protesters began calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad in March.

A court in New York has ordered the head of the International Monetary Fund to remain in jail until his trial. Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been charged with sex crimes and illegal imprisonment. He had requested bail, a payment that permits a defendant to be free until trial. However, the court rejected the request. A hotel employee accused Mr. Strauss-Kahn of a sexual attack. Police arrested him a short time later. The IMF has appointed an acting managing director. The organization says it remains fully operational.

American Senator John Kerry says he and Pakistani officials have agreed on steps to improve relations. Mr. Kerry met Monday with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad. The senator said the goal of his visit was to repair relations between the United States and Pakistan. He said he was not in the country to apologize for the American raid that killed  al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. He called the raid a "triumph over terror". The Pakistani officials said the United States must respect Pakistan's independence and national interests.

An American military commander in Afghanistan says it is too early to judge whether Osama bin Laden's death will have an effect on the Taliban rebellion. Lieutenant General David Rodriguez spoke to reporters in Kabul. He said the al-Qaida movement was not based on one man. NATO says a bomb attack killed four of its service members in southern Afghanistan. An Associated Press report says the four were Americans. NATO also says rebel shellfire has killed three Afghan civilians in the eastern province of Kunar. And NATO says it is investigating reports that coalition action caused civilian deaths in the Ghazi Abad area of Kunar on Sunday.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Israeli police searched for Syrian protesters in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Monday. The searches took place one day after Israeli troops killed at least 15 people. Pro-Palestinian crowds demonstrated on Sunday which was the 63rd anniversary of Israel's creation. The demonstrations took place along Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

In Thailand, the sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be a candidate for prime minister in July parliament elections. Officials say businesswoman Yingluck Shinawatra was nominated at a meeting Monday of the opposition party. Her exiled brother is the former party leader. A victory by Ms. Yingluck would be a strong criticism of the ruling Democrat party.

The Voice of America has joined with the website CitizenGlobal to give rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo a place to tell their stories. The website is called Gongo Story: War, Women and Rape. It uses discussions with rape survivors and VOA reporters to tell the stories. Some of the attackers are also heard. VOA Director Dan Austin says the project has recorded a history that the outside world otherwise would not learn. The stories of Congolese rape victims can be seen and heard at www.citizenglobal.com.

The American space agency successfully launched the space shuttle Endeavour Monday morning. Hundreds of thousands of people watched the launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The space agency reported no problems with the space shuttle. Endeavour's six crew members are taking equipment and extra parts to the International Space Station. The shuttle is carrying a $2 billion device, called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. The device will help scientists learn more about the creation of the universe. This is the last flight for Endeavour. When it returns, it will be placed on display in Los Angeles. The final launch of a space shuttle is set for July.

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

The International Criminal Court is seeking the arrest of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and his security chief on charges of crimes again humanity. Syria has deployed more tanks near the Lebanese border and the city of Daraa. And a court in New York has ordered the head of International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, to remain in jail until his trial on sexual attack charges.

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

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