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WORLD NEWS - May 24th, 2011

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

Pakistani forces have regained control of a naval base in Karachi after more than 17 hours of fighting with Taliban gunmen. Pakistan says 10 security workers were killed in the attack on the base, 14 others were wounded. The Taliban said they attacked the base Sunday night to answer the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said four to six armed militants took part. Pakistani officials say two spy airplanes were destroyed. The United States recently gave the planes to Pakistan.

The Taliban in Afghanistan has denied a report that its leader Mullah Omar was killed in Pakistan. The group announced Monday that he is alive and directing operations in Afghanistan. The Afghan news channel Tolo had earlier reported that Pakistan's spy agency had killed Mullah Omar. Also on Monday, NATO reported that a bomb killed four of its service members in eastern Afghanitan. Another bomb killed a NATO soldier in southern Afghanistan.

At least six people died in Yemen Monday, at least 25 others were wounded. Security forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh clashed with members of a tribe allied with the country's opposition. The clashes took place in Sana'a, near the home of tribal leader Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar. In March, he joined the opposition in calling for the president's immediate resignation. On Sunday, the Gulf Cooperation Council suspended its efforts to negotiate with Mr. Saleh. The group acted after he refused to sign an agreement for him to leave office. It was the third time the Yemeni president has refused to sign the agreement.

Britain and France plan to deploy attack helicopters to join NATO's air campaign against the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says the deployment supports the United Nations order to protect Libyan civilians. In other news, an American diplomat is in Libya for talks with opposition leaders. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, is in the city of Benghazi. The State Department calls the visit another signal of American support for the rebel's National Transitional Council.

A witness in a trial in the United States says Pakistan helped the Lashkar-e-Taiba group attack Mumbai, India in 2008. The attacks killed 166 people, including six Americans. The witness, David Coleman Headley, already has pleaded guilty to linked terrorism charges. He received a lesser sentence in exchange for answering questions at the trial of Canadian Tahawwur Rana on Monday in the city of Chicago. Mr. Rana is charged with helping Headley find targets for the attack in Mumbai. Headley said he is a longtime friend of Mr. Rana. He said he used Mr. Rana's immigration business to hide his identity when in India. Mr. Rana has told the court he is innocent. His lawyers say he did not know that Headley was traveling to Mumbai to help plan an attack.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

President Obama has arrived in London earlier than planned. The American leader cut his visit to Ireland short because volcanic ash from Iceland was spreading across the area. Earlier Monday, Mr. Obama spoke to tens of thousands of people gathered in the Irish capital, Dublin. He praised links between the United States and Ireland. He said that Irish and American people never stop imagining a better future even in hard times. President Obama will also attend a Group of Eight leadership meeting in France during his European visit. And he will travel to Poland to meet with central European leaders.

President Obama has visited an Irish village where his mother's ancestor was born. Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, flew by helicopter from Dublin to Moneygall in rural Ireland. Mr. Obama discovered his Irish ancestor while campaigning for president. In Moneygall, he and his wife were greeted by local people and one of his Irish family members. The president's Irish ancestor left Ireland for the United States in 1850 when Ireland suffered a severe lack of food.

Officials in the state of Missouri now say at least 116 were killed by a powerful windstorm in the city of Joplin Sunday. Weather officials say it may have been the deadliest single tornado in the United States in 60 years. Reports say the wind blew up to 265 kilometers an hour. Much of Joplin is in ruins. Emergency crews are searching the city for victims. Also a tornado in the northern state of Minnesota Sunday, killed one person and injured 30.

Sri Lanka has begun military training for all university students. About 10,000 students began training Monday at military camps. The government says the required three-week training is designed to develop leadership and positive thinking. Opposition groups, student unions and rights groups accuse President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government of trying to militarize the nation.

The European Union says it is taking more steps against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The EU has banned Mr. Assad and other top Syrian officials from traveling to EU member nations. The EU is also barring their use of any money or property held in Europe. The EU has also announced new actions against Iran because of concerns about its nuclear program. The EU added more names to its list of Iranians who may not travel to Europe or use their money or property in Europe. The EU also placed restrictions on companies or organizations suspected of involvement with Iran's nuclear program.

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

Pakistani forces have regained control of a naval base attacked by Taliban gunmen on Sunday. The Taliban in Afghanistan has denied that its leader Mullah Omar was killed in Pakistan. And in Yemen, at least six people have been killed in clashes between security forces and an opposition tribe.

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

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