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WORLD NEWS - May 25th 2011

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文章来源:WORLD NEWS - May 25th 2011

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is ready to make what he called "painful compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, but he says Israel will not return to the borders it controlled before the 1967 Middle East War. Mr. Netanyahu spoke to both houses of the United States Congress Tuesday. He said Israel will not go back to what he said were indefensible lines before the 1967 war. The Israeli leader said the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has not been about forming a Palestinian state. Instead, he said that Palestinians are unwilling to accept a Jewish state.

President Barack Obama and Britain's Queen Elizabeth have exchanged praise at a dinner at Buckingham Palace. Mr. Obama is in London as part of his week-long visit to Europe. During the dinner, Mr. Obama asked the guests to stand and raise their glasses to what he called the "special relationship" with the British people. He called Britain America's strongest ally in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then he thanked the British people for their sacrifices. Queen Elizabeth wished for the good health of the Obamas.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir says north Sudan will not withdraw from the disputed Abyei area it seized several days ago. President Bashir said in a speech in Khartoum Tuesday that Abyei is north Sudanese land. He also said he has told his northern army to answer any possible actions by the army of southern Sudan. Northern Sudan's army moved at the end of last week to occupy the oil-rich area. Both the north and the soon-to-be independent south claim Abyei.

The Gulf Cooperation Council has called for an immediate end to the deadly fighting in Yemen between security forces and tribesmen. The secretary general of the six-nation Gulf group said they fear the violence may spread. Tuesday was the second day of fighting in the capital, Sana'a. Fighting began after President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign a deal that calls for him to resign in exchange for protection from any legal actions. Medical workers say 24 tribesmen were killed in Tuesday's fighting. Government officials reported the deaths of 14 soldiers.

The chief government lawyer in Egypt says former President Hosni Mubarak and two of his sons will be tried on charges related to the deaths of protesters. The protesters died during the rebellion that led to Mr. Mubarak's resignation. Egypt's state news agency announced the decision Tuesday. Groups demanding that Mr. Mubarak face trial had planned a huge protest in Cairo for Friday. The charges against Mr. Mubarak and his sons Gamal and Alaa also include abuse of power and wasting public money. The three remain in jail.

The World Bank says it will give up to $6 billion in aid to Egypt and Tunisia over the next two years. World Bank President Robert Zoellick says the aid should be linked to reforms in both countries. The rulers in Egypt and Tunisia were ousted by popular uprisings. World Bank officials say economic problems played a part in the revolts, and it is important to improve opportunity, create jobs, cut corruption and make other reforms.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

German officials say they will close airspace over northern Germany on Wednesday, because of the ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland. Volcano experts in Iceland say the ash being blown out of the volcano has slowed. Experts say the ash cloud reached Scotland on Tuesday. It has caused airline companies to cancel about 500 flights in and out of Britain on Tuesday.

Human rights groups say at least 22 Burmese political prisoners are now taking part in a hunger strike. A small group of women at Insein prison began the strike last week. The rights groups say the strike began as a protest against the new government's promises of pardons. Only 47 political prisoners have been freed. There are an estimated 2,200 political prisoners in Burma. The hunger strikers are asking for improvements in their food, health care and visiting rights.

Researchers in India are blaming a decrease in the number of girls born to Indian families on the abuse of abortion to prevent the birth of girls. The Center for Global Health Research examined 250,000 births in India from 1980 to 2005. They found the most extreme decrease in girl children was among wealthy families that already had one girl. The chief researcher says it appears that wealthy families are paying to learn the sex of their unborn children, and aborting those that are girls.

Police in eastern India say suspected Maoist rebels have attacked police officers in a forest. Nine police officers died in the attack. Officials say the attack Monday took place along the border of Orissa and Chhattisgarh states. Police had been sent there to investigate Maoist activity. This attack comes less than a week after a landmine attack in Chhattisgarh killed seven policemen. Maoist rebels are now active in more than 20 Indian states. The rebels say they are fighting for jobs and land for the poor.

There are new warnings that the world's population of wild elephants is in increasing danger. Ministers from eight countries that are still home to wild elephants met in New Delhi, India Tuesday. The group is trying to find ways to save elephant populations which are decreasing. India's environment minister says new threats to elephants include mining and land development.

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

The Israeli prime minister says he is ready to make compromises for peace with the Palestinians. The Gulf Cooperation Council has called for an immediate end to fighting in Yemen between security forces and tribesmen. And in Egypt, the chief government lawyer says the former president and two of his sons will face trial for the deaths of protesters.

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

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