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WORLD NEWS - Aug 4th, 2011

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我们勤劳的会员“Frank Suen”于2011年8月6日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

http://www.unsv.com/voanews/specialenglish/scripts/2011/08/04/0030/

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

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has told a court he is not guilty of charges that he ordered the death of anti-government protesters. Mr Mubarak was taken to the court in Cairo Wednesday in a hospital bed. The judge later announced plans to restart the trial on August 15. Mr Mubarak is accused of ordering the killing of nearly 900 people. He also is charged with corruption, abuse of power and misusing public wealth. He could be sentenced to death if found guilty. Television stations around the world broadcast the start of the historic trial. Mr Mubarak is the first Arab leader to face a court in person since the Arab Spring, a political unrest began earlier this year. In Cairo, Egyptians gathered around televisions in restaurants and doorways to watch the trial.

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the Syrian government for human rights violations and using force against civilians. The council released a presidential statement Wednesday after more than three months of delay and silence on the Syrian government's attacks. A statement requires approval from all 15 council members. But it is not as forceful as a full resolution which the United States and its allies on the council had called for. The statement calls for those involved to be held responsible. It contains no demands that can be enforced and no restrictions. Separately, Syrian tanks and troops Wednesday moved into the city of Hama. Activists say more than 130 people have been killed across Syria in the last three days, mostly in Hama.

The Libyan government is denying claims that opposition fighters have gained control of the western town of Zlitan. A spokesman for leader Muammar Gaddafi said Wednesday the city is still fully under government control. Pro-government and rebel forces have fought near Zlitan in recent days. On Tuesday, rebels and medical officials said an attack by government forces killed at least seven opposition fighters and wounded at least 30. Separately, an international media group has condemned NATO airstrikes on a Libyan television station. In a statement Wednesday, the International Federation of Journalists said the bombing violates international law by threatening the lives of journalists.

The United Nations says famine has spread to three new parts of southern Somalia, including areas in Mogadishu. The UN reported Wednesday that famine conditions are present in two parts of the Middle Shabelle area. It said famine has also spread to the  Afgoye Corridor displaced persons settlement and the Mogadishu displaced persons community. The UN reports said a humanitarian emergency exists throughout all of southern Somalia. It said that tens of thousands of people have already died there. The UN predicts that famine will spread across the entire south in the next few weeks and will continue through December.

You're listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Shell Oil has accepted responsibility for two oil spills in Nigeria in 2008. The spills destroyed the jobs of nearly 70,000 people. Lawyers representing the Bodo community of Nigeria's Ogoniland area took action against Shell in a British court. They say the company may pay out hundreds of millions of dollars for the spills. The lawyers say the Bodo depend on fishing for food and jobs. They say the oil took away their ability to make money. Experts say it could cost more than 100 million dollars to clean up the oil and repair the environment. Shell has not commented directly on the settlement, but it has admitted that equipment failure caused the oil spills.

Italy's 10-year borrowing rates rose above six percent in trading on Wednesday. The borrowing rates are the highest in Italy since it began using the euro. The rate increase raised concerns that the third-largest economy in Europe could be nearing a financial crisis. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said  Italy has a solid economic base, but needs to do more to increase its competitiveness and growth. He spoke to parliament after European financial markets had closed for the day. Last month, Italian lawmakers passed a financial plan with the goal of balancing the budget by 2014. However, the plan has done little to calm market fears.

President Obama says the agreement to raise the country's borrowing limit and cut spending helped avoid a possibly disastrous effect on the economy. But the president said Wednesday it will be difficult for Congress to find additional ways to lower the country's deficit, as required by the agreement. Separately, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the agreement gives officials a chance to fix a broken system. Mr Geithner said the deal will permit the government to make investments in education, technology and other projects that could help the economy grow. His comments were published Wednesday in the Washington Post newspaper.

A partner in the two-party coalition that rules Cyprus has quit the government. The centrist Democratic Party says it disagrees with the government of President Demetris Christofias about economic and political reforms. The decision leaves Mr Christofias' Communist Party with just 19 deputies in the 56-member House of Representatives. It also weakens his position in reunification talks between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. The island nation has been divided since 1974. Separately, The Bank of Cyprus has called for the government to act quickly to prevent a financial crisis. The warning comes after Moody's and Standard and Poor's lowered Cyprus's credit rating.

And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour. Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has told a court he is not guilty of charges that he ordered the death of anti-government protesters. The UN Security Council has condemned the Syrian government for human rights violations and using force against civilians. And the UN says famine has spread to three new parts of southern Somalia, including areas in Mogadishu.

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

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作者:mmgg2
有没有听写稿?
作者:Frank Suen
听写稿http://www.unsv.com/forum/english/voa/special-english/2011/08/06/22223/
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