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WORLD NEWS - Aug 12th, 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 now the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting live from the VOA News Center in Washington.

Stock market indexes in the United States and Europe ended the trading day higher Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 4 percent after dropping almost 5 percent on Wednesday. Earlier Thursday, major indexes in London, Paris and Frankfurt closed higher by about 3 percent. Experts say stock prices increased because the United States government report said first-time claims for unemployment aid fell to a four-month low in the past week.

Syrian security forces killed at least 11 people Thursday as the government expanded its campaign against dissent. Activists and witnesses said the deaths happened in a town in central Homs province, after tanks entered the town and soldiers opened fire. There was a second raid in a town near the Turkish border. Activists said security forces entered homes in that town and arrested at least 70 people. There is growing international pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end his violent campaign on dissent. President Obama and the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone about the crisis in Syria. The Obama administration said the two agreed on the need for an immediate end to the violence in Syria and for the country to the come of democracy.

Libyan rebels say they are getting close to Brega, an important oil port. That is where forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi and the opposition have been fighting. The rebels said they had gained control of several neighborhoods in Brega which is about 750 kilometers east of Tripoli. There are also reports of clashes between the two sides near the western city of Misrata. In a separate development, the European Union has increased pressure on Mr Gadhafi's government. It is expanding restrictions on the al-Sharara oil company and on a group with ties to the Libyan government.

Egypt has started taking steps aimed at ending the country's 30 years of emergency law. Protesters who took part earlier this year in demonstrations that led to the resignation of former president Hosni Mubarak demanded an end to the law. The emergency law gives police special powers to arrest people and hold them without charges for a long periods of time. Mr Mubarak declared a state of emergency shortly after he became president, following the killing of President Anwar Sadat. Egyptian officials have promised to overturn the measure before parliamentary elections. A government spokesman said ending the law will permit the country to prepare for free and fair elections later this year.

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he is considering a plan calling for him to step down. The Gulf Cooperation Council proposed the plan. President Saleh spoke at a meeting of his ruling General People's Congress in Saudi Arabia. He is receiving medical treatment there for injuries he suffered in an attack on his home in Yemen in June. Mr Saleh said the council's plan should be treated positively. His comments surprised many, because he has agreed to put the plan in place three times in recent months, only to refuse later. The plan calls for Mr Saleh to give power to a deputy. It would also let the main opposition coalition form a national unity government.

You're listening to the news in VOA Special English, coming to you live from Washington.

The United States says it is planning to provide an extra 223057 million to help countries in the Horn of Africa deal with extremely dry weather and starvation. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that 223052 million will go to Somalia. The United States has given $580 million in humanitarian assistance to the area, including 2230505 million on Monday. Secretary Clinton described the situation as the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world today. On Wednesday, the United Nations said famine in Somalia is causing an average of 1500 Somali refugees to cross into Kenya every day. One UN official said women and girls fleeing the situation are being raped by militants, soldiers and criminals in both countries.

The United States says it is asking its allies to support an international commission to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Burma. Some American senators have accused Burma's military of using rape as a weapon of war. They urged Secretary of State Clinton to support an investigation into the charges. A State Department spokeswoman said Thursday that the United States has recently spoken with the Burmese government over charges of violence including rape and forced labor. The senators said in a letter to Secretary Clinton Wednesday that there are reports that Burmese troops raped 18 ethnic Kachin women in the country's north. They said there are similar reports from neighboring Shan state.

And finally of this hour, Israel's interior ministry has given final approval for the building of over 1,000 new houses for Jewish settlers in east Jerusalem. The ministry said it expects to approve the building of another 2,700 homes in the city. Thursday, the ministry spokesman said plans to build the homes are not based on politics, but on answer to recent protests in Israel about the high cost of housing. The announcement came only a few days after American officials said there was deep concern about Israel continuing to build in the city. Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. They have opposed any Israeli building projects and have refused to restart peace talks until Israel stops building in the city and in the West Bank.

Now briefly, here again is the major news of this hour in VOA Special English. Stock prices increased in the United States Thursday, after the government reported first-time claims for unemployment aid fell to a four-month low. Syrian security forces killed at least 11 people Thursday as the government expanded its campaign against dissent. And the United States says it is planning to provide an extra 223057 million to help countries in the Horn of Africa deal with extremely dry weather and starvation.

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

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网友的学习评论(5条):
作者:zhaozhouqiao
很好
作者:shhrhtina
有收获!
作者:Frank Suen
听写稿http://www.unsv.com/forum/english/voa/special-english/2011/08/12/22305/
作者:不甘平庸
relly good
作者:Fetching
谢谢Frank~
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