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WORLD NEWS - Aug 11th, 2011

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我们勤劳的会员“Frank Suen”于2011年8月12日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

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

Stock market indexes in the United States fell sharply in trading Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 5 percent. The S&P and NASDAQ indexes were also down. Major European indexes also fell Wednesday. Indexes in Britain, France and Germany fell by as much as 5 percent. Investors were reacting to reports that France might lose its top credit rating. Later in the day, the three major credit rating agencies said France would retain its AAA rating. Also Wednesday, the Fitch credit rating agency lowered government bonds from Cyprus two levels. Two other rating agencies did the same last month. Fitch also said Cyprus may need to seek financial help from other countries to help it pay its debts.

The commander of United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan says coalition forces have killed the Taliban militants responsible for the crash last week of an American helicopter. General John Allen said the militants were killed in an air raid Tuesday. He said his forces had followed the militants since the crash. He said the leader of the militants, Mullah Mohibullah and the militant who fired the shot that caused the crash were among those killed. The attack on the American helicopter happened Saturday in central Wardak province. Thirty Americans, seven Afghan soldiers and an Afghan civilian worker died in the crash.

Pakistani intelligence officials say an American air strike has killed at least 21 militants in the North Waziristan tribal area. The officials say two missiles fired from a pilotless aircraft struck an area near the town of Miran Shah. The strike targeted members of the Haqqani group. Haqqani militants are linked to the Taliban and al-Qaida. Officials say the dead included Afghan Taliban, as well as some Arab and Uzbek nationals.

Britain's deputy ambassador to the United Nations has called Syria's military attacks on its people brutal and unjustified. Philip Parham told reporters Wednesday that 2,000 mostly unarmed civilians have been killed in Syria. He said about some 3,000 have forcibly disappeared. The diplomat accused the Syrian government of severe human rights violations. He said there will be no progress as long as security forces continue to attack civilians. Mr Parham spoke Wednesday after the U.N. Security Council heard a report about the situation in Syria. Syria's ambassador to the U.N., Bashar Ja'afari, called Mr Parham's statements incorrect and misleading.

You're listening to news in VOA Special English.

The top United Nations diplomat in Somalia says the capital, Mogadishu, is safer now that al-Shabab Islamist fighters have left. Ambassador Augustine Mahiga told reporters by teleconference from Mogadishu that the group's retreat from the city has broken its fighters into three groups. He said al-Shabab is not receiving financial support from individuals in the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf area. He said U.N. Security Council actions against the militants are also weakening their military and economic power. However, he said warlords may move to take control now that the al-Shabab fighters are gone, unless the Somali government takes immediate action. The al-Shabab militants withdrew from Mogadishu on Saturday. The group slowly lost control of the city to government and African Union forces.

Britain had its first calm night Wednesday after four nights of riots. Thousands of riot police deployed in the cities of London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Birmingham. British Prime Minister David Cameron says police are permitted to use water cannons, which have never been used in mainland Britain. He says a fightback is under way to return law and order. Police have arrested more than 1,000 people since Saturday. The riots started after police shot and killed a man in London's Tottenham neighborhood.

A group of female American senators has accused Burma's military of using rape as a weapon of war. They are urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pressure the Burmese government to end the rapes. Thirteen senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties sent a letter to Secretary Clinton Wednesday. They asked her to support the creation of an international commission to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma. The letter discusses a report that 18 ethnic Kachin women were raped by government troops. The letter says there are similar reports from neighboring Shan state. The letter included words spoken by Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in May. She said rape is used in Burma as a weapon by armed forces to scare ethnic groups and to divide the country.

North Korea has denied shelling near South Korea's border. The state-run Korea Central News Agency reported Wednesday that the North denied firing in the waters near the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. Earlier, South Korean media said North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire near their joint border in the Yellow Sea. Reports say a defense ministry official stated that all shells fell into the sea, and there were no reports of injuries or damage. Last November, a North Korean artillery attack on Yeonpyeong island killed four South Koreans. North Korea said it is building a large object in its southern Hwanghae province. It said the explosions were part of that building work.

And now briefly, here again is the major news of this hour read in VOA Special English. Stock market indexes in the United States fell sharply Wednesday. Indexes in Britain, France and Germany fell by as much as 5 percent. The commander of United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan says coalition forces have killed the Taliban militants responsible for the crash of an American helicopter. And Britain's deputy ambassador to the U.N. has called Syria's military attacks on its people brutal and unjustified.

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

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网友的学习评论(3条):
作者:shw42
France might lose its top credit rating. If it comes true, it's very awful.
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作者:Frank Suen
听写稿http://www.unsv.com/forum/english/voa/special-english/2011/08/12/22303/
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