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WORLD NEWS - May 18th, 2011

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

Pakistan has made a strong protest after an exchange of fire between its troops and NATO helicopters on the border with Afghanistan. Pakistan says troops at a border station opened fire early Tuesday when the helicopters violated Pakistani airspace. It says two soldiers were wounded in the shooting. NATO confirms it had helicopters flying near the border, and says it is investigating. A Western military official said the two helicopters were on the Afghan side of the border and were fired on from inside Pakistan. He said one of the helicopters fired back only after receiving fire two times.

Pakistan says its security forces have arrested an al-Qaida operative in the southern city of Karachi. The Pakistani military identified the man as Muhammad Ali Qasim Yaqub. The military said he is a citizen of Yemen, and also known as Abu Sohaib Al Makki. It said early investigation show he was working directly under al-Qaida leaders along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

NATO says it is increasing pressure on the Libyan government. Wing Commander Mike Bracken said NATO aircraft have dropped papers and broadcast messages to troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He said the messages asked the troops to return to their military barracks and homes. The messages also urged the troops to move away from any military equipment that could be targets for NATO airstrikes. On Tuesday, NATO forces hit a building used by Libya's security services in Tripoli. They also struck the headquarters of the anti-corruption agency. Both structures were on fire after the bombing.

The Obama Administration and the European Union are promising to take more steps to press Syria, because of its deadly campaign against protesters. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton spoke to reporters in Washington Tuesday. Ms. Ashton said she is very worried about the increasing Syrian government actions against the protesters.

President Obama says the great changes taking place in the Middle East make it more important than ever that Israelis and Palestinians restart peace talk. He spoke Tuesday at the White House, after meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan. The president called for both Israelis and Palestinians to find a way to get as he said "back to the table". King Abdullah called the issue the central issue of the Middle East.

Al-Jazeera television is urging Syria and Iran to provide more details on an al-Jazeera reporter, who disappeared in Syria last month. A spokesman says al-Jazeera is very concerned about the reporter, Dorothy Parvaz. It called for immediate contact with her and for her release. He spoke after Iran said Tuesday it is investigating where Ms. Parvaz might be. Syria said last week, it deported her to Iran after she flew to Damascus on April 29 from Qatar. She went to Syria to report on anti-government protests. An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday, it is important to Iran to learn what happened to Ms. Parvaz. But he did not confirm that she is being held in Iran.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Political and financial leaders in Europe are suggesting that the jailed chief of the International Monetary Fund should resign. Dominique Strauss-Kahn spent the night in Rikers Island prison in New York. He faces charges of sexual abuse. Officials from China to Brazil have suggested candidates to replace the international economist at the IMF. A New York judge denied the French politician temporary freedom. The judge said he might try to flee.

Taiwan has made a strongly worded protest to the World Health Organization. The protest letter came after the U.N. agency called the self-ruled island a territory of China. Taiwan's letter was written by Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta. Mr. Chiu told WHO director Margaret Chan that its description of the island as Taiwan province of China is not acceptable.

China has blocked the release of a United Nations report. The report accuses North Korea of violating international restrictions by selling missile technology and other unclear-related items to Iran and other countries. The U.N. Security Council received the report Tuesday. It suggested but did not clearly state that the technology transfers passed through a third nearby country. Some diplomats say the third country was China. Both China and Iran have rejected the accusations.

In Japan, evidence of more damage at the Fukushima nuclear center is forcing officials to change plans for closing the nuclear power center. The Tokyo Electric Power Company said Tuesday, that work is starting immediately on a new system to reduce the risk that radioactive water will poison groundwater. Officials have been using water to cool the center's nuclear reactors. TEPCO says a new system will send the water to a cleaning center before it is sent back into the cooling system.

Burma began releasing thousands of prisoners Tuesday under a limited pardon program. The releases are not expected to help Burma's many political prisoners. Human rights groups and the American State Department have said the government must go further and immediately release Burma's estimated 2,200 political prisoners.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says he will not allow protests in the country to continue. His statement comes after weeks of anti-government demonstrations. Mr. Museveni accused the police and the judges of being too soft, and said there are weaknesses in the law. Human Rights Watch says government forces have shot and killed nine people during efforts against the protesters.

Briefly, here again is the major news.

Pakistan has made a strong protest after an exchange of fire between its troops and NATO helicopters on the border with Afghanistan. NATO says it is increasing pressure on the Libyan government. And China has blocked the release of a U.N. report that accuses North Korea of violating international restrictions.

That's the news in Special English.

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作者:shitaowang
So much news is about China.
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