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WORLD NEWS - May 28th, 2011

发布日期:5-28-2011

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It is 00:30 universal time. Now, here is the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise in Washington.

Leaders from the world's eight leading economies have ended their two-day meeting in France. In a final declaration, the leaders urged Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to surrender power. They said Mr. Gadhafi has no future in a free, democratic Libya. And they said he must go. They also called for an immediate end to the use of force against civilians by Libyan troops. The leaders also called on the Syrian government to stop using force against Syrians. They said the G8 members are troubled by the deaths of many peaceful protesters. The statement also said the G8 members were increasingly concerned about violence in Yemen. They said Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh should keep his promise to resign.

Opposition tribal leaders in Yemen say they are talking with the government. The tribal leaders also reported that a cease-fire is in effect. Most of the fighting with security forces has stopped, at least temporarily. Earlier Friday, rebels seized control of a military base near the capital, Sana'a. The rebels killed the commander of the base. The tribesmen said at least 12 opposition fighters were killed in clashes with the military forces. News agencies are reporting that other tribal sources said Yemeni military aircraft bombed the base after it was seized. On Friday, thousands of protesters across Yemen called for an end to the 33-year presidency of Ali Abdullah Saleh. Separately, the violence in Yemen led India to advise the 11,000 Indians living in Yemen that they should leave.

Russia says it is willing to help negotiate Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's leave from power, but will not offer him asylum. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev spoke at the Group of Eight meeting. He called on Mr. Gadhafi to resign and said that some countries might be able to shelter him. He also announced that Russia is sending a group of diplomats to the Libyan rebel-controlled city of Benghazi. Separately, Libyan forces have renewed efforts to regain control of Libya's third largest city Misrata. The Reuters news agency says fighting between government forces and rebels is increasing near the city. The French news agency AFP reports a NATO official saying Libyan forces have laid landmines around the city.

Human rights activists and witnesses say Syrian security forces fired on protesters in several areas across the country Friday. At least eight people were reportedly killed. Activists say three people were killed in Qatana near the capital Damascus. They also say three others were killed in the southern town of Dael. One person was killed in the town of Zabadani and another near the Lebanese border. Earlier, witnesses in Damascus said security forces had surrounded at least 1,500 people who had gathered for a demonstration. People in the central city of Homs say the large presence of security forces in the area has limited the number of protesters.

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

Thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday for what they called a "second revolution". They urged Egypt's military government to speed up democratic reforms, including stopping corruption by government officials. They believe the reform effort has too many former members from the party of ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Protesters carried signs that read the "Egyptian revolution is not over". Muslims and Christians took turns praying in Tahrir Square. Protesters also gathered in the city of Alexandria and Suez.

Security officials in Lebanon say an explosion hit a United Nations vehicle on Friday. Six U.N. peacekeeping troops from Italy were reported wounded in the explosion. Officials said the target appeared to be the U.N. vehicle, as it was traveling near the southern city of Sidon. No one has claimed responsibility for the incident. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack. The explosion happened on the U.N.'s International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. It is the day when U.N. troops remember soldiers killed in U.N. peacekeeping operations around the world.

Officials in southern Sudan say a serious humanitarian situation is developing in the disputed Abyei area seized by the north almost a week ago. United Nations officials in the area report that tens of thousands of civilians are fleeing the area and are living out in the open. The U.N. in Sudan also says food, fuel and shelter are in short supply. A local official said Friday, at least 80,000 people have fled Abyei.

A Serbian political party is urging its supporters to protest the arrest of war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic. The Serb Radical Party wants people oppose to the arrest to gather in front of the National Assembly in Belgrade on Sunday. About 15,000 people demonstrated in 2008, after another Bosnian Serb leader was arrested.

And finally at this hour. American officials say 156 people are still missing after a tornado in the city of Joplin, Missouri cut through the city last Sunday. The tornado killed at least 132 people. It was the deadliest tornado in the United States in more than 60 years. President Obama will travel to Joplin, Missouri on Sunday.

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

Leaders from the world's eight leading economies are urging Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to leave power. Reports from Syria say security forces fired on protesters in several areas. At least eight people were reported killed. And thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday for what they called a "second revolution".

There's more news at voanews.com. And that's the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting live from Washington.

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