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WORLD NEWS - Aug 7th, 2011

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我们勤劳的会员“Frank Suen”于2011年8月10日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

Now here is the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting from the VOA News Center in Washington.

Militants in eastern Afghanistan have shot down an American military helicopter, killing 30 United States special forces members and seven members of the Afghan special group fighters. The crash in Wardak province on Saturday is the deadliest single loss of coalition troops since the war began almost ten years ago. The helicopter crashed as the sun rose Saturday morning. The Taliban said it fired a rocket at the helicopter during a battle in which coalition forces killed eight militants in a raid on a house. American officials say it appears the helicopter was shot down. Twenty-five of the Americans on the helicopter were special forces troops, twenty-two of them were Navy SEALs. The American officials said most of those killed were part of the Navy SEAL unit that killed Osama bin Laden several months ago in Pakistan. But they say none of those on the helicopter were involved in that raid.

In Somalia, the African Union-supported government has welcomed news that al-Shabab militants have withdrawn from almost all of their bases in Mogadishu. A statement by the Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali praised the withdrawal.  He said it resulted from military operations earlier in the week by the Somali army and African Union peacekeepers. A spokesman for the AU peacekeepers said the withdrawal is a "defeat" and "the beginning of the end" of the al-Qaida-supported Islamist militants. An al-Shabab spokesman said the militants will remain in other towns in southern Somalia. The top United Nations official for Somalia also welcomed the news, but he warned that real security risks remain, including possible terrorist attacks.

President Obama says elected leaders "must do better". His comments came after the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's lowered the United States credit rating for the first time ever. The private agency said it lowered the American rating late Friday, because the deficit reduction plan approved by Congress on Tuesday was not big enough. Mr Obama's statement on Saturday called the deal to reduce the nation's debt an important first step. But he called on lawmakers to put an end to their political fighting in order to strengthen the American economy.

Countries around the world are trying to estimate the effects of the lowering of the United States credit rating on the world economy. In China, the state-operated Xinhua News Agency published a strong criticism of American economic policies. The commentary condemned the United States for the recent political conflict over how to handle the national debt. It also called for a new international currency. China's central bank is the largest investor in United States government bonds.

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

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities Saturday night, to protest high costs of food, gasoline and housing. Israeli police and media said about 300,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv, and at least 20,000 in Jerusalem. The gatherings were believed to be among the largest in Israeli history. Police and media said thousands of others demonstrated in communities across Israel's north, center and south.

Syria's foreign minister says general elections will be held by the end of the year. The announcement came as anti-government protesters continued to demand the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. Walid Moallem said what he called "free and fair elections" would lead to a people's assembly that represents the Syrian population. He spoke on Saturday, two days after President Assad said opposition parties would be permitted to form.

China says hundreds of thousands of people who live along the coast of two eastern provinces have been removed from their homes. A typhoon is threatening Zhejiang and Fujian provinces. The severe windstorm has winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour. It was first thought it would hit China's business capital, Shanghai. But China now says the storm is moving north toward Shandong province. Chinese officials have canceled more than 100 flights in the area, and thousands of ships along the eastern coast have been returned to shore.

Seventeen people were killed in a large car accident in China's southern Jiangxi province early Saturday. China's official Xinhua News Agency also reported that four people were injured. The accident happened on the Shanghai-Kunming road, four vehicles were involved.

And finally of this hour, the computer group called Anonymous now claims it has illegally entered the computer systems of about 70 American law enforcement agencies. The group says it hacked into the websites in reaction to the arrest of some of its supporters in the United States and Britain. The group said Saturday it had stolen a large amount of secret information from the computer systems of the agencies, most of the police departments are in small towns in the southern and central United States. The group said it placed the information it has stolen on the Internet to try to damage public opinion of the agencies. It says the information includes email addresses and credit card information.

Now briefly, here again is the major news of this hour in VOA Special English. Militants in eastern Afghanistan have shot down an American military helicopter, 30 United States special forces members and seven Afghan special group fighters were killed. The African Union-supported government of Somalia has welcomed the news that al-Shabab militants have withdrawn from almost all their bases in Mogadishu. And countries around the world are trying to estimate the effects of the reduction of the United States credit rating on the world economy.

And that's the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise, reporting from Washington.

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