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WORLD NEWS - Aug 18th, 2011

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

Libyan rebels have begun an attack on an oil processing center in the city of Zawiya, 50 kilometers west of Tripoli. The refinery is one of the few sources of fuel for the troops of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and for people in Tripoli. A rebel commander says the pipeline linking the refinery to Tripoli has been closed, but that statement could not be independently confirmed. Reporters in Zawiya say the rebels control most of the city. Pro-Gadhafi forces shelled the city again Wednesday. And their forces at the refinery fired on rebel fighters.

Activists say Syrian security forces have detained hundreds of people in a sports center in the coastal city of Latakia. Officials used the sports center because local jails are filled with prisoners. A London-based Syrian rights group said Wednesday that more than 700 troops raided homes in the city. The group said troops entered Latakia's al-Raml area and arrested people whose names were on a list. Activists also said the government forces killed nine people in the central city of Homs. Two protesters were shot and killed in front of a Muslim religious center after nightly Ramadan prayers.

Four members of the group Hezbollah are facing charges for their reported part in the killing of former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri. The United Nations-assisted special tribunal for Lebanon released the names of four suspects (Monday. I'm sorry) Wednesday. The court says the case had been kept secret to make sure officials could effectively search for and arrest the accused. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has dismissed the charges. He said there is no direct evidence against the four men. Lebanon has been unable to find the suspects. Rafik Hariri and 22 other people were killed in a huge truck bombing six years ago in Beirut. Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri praised the decision to make public the charges related to his father's death. He said it is an important step toward uncovering the truth.

The United Nations refugee agency says many children are dying at an Ethiopian camp for Somali refugees. The agency reports that about ten children under the age of five die each day at the Kobe refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia. It says the main cause of death is starvation. However, the agency says a suspected measles outbreak is making the problem worse. The camp opened in June for thousands of Somalis fleeing the fighting and a lack of food and water in their country. Britain's international development secretary says up to 400,000 Somali children could die of starvation unless urgent action is taken. Andrew Mitchell made the first visit in 18 years by a British minister to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. He said Britain would give another $41 million in aid.

President Obama says he will present a plan early next month to cut the budget deficit by more than 23024.5 trillion. The president spoke during a visit to the state of Illinois on Wednesday. Many Republican lawmakers oppose raising taxes on people with high-incomes and ending tax reductions for large companies. They say tax increases would hurt job creation and slow economic recovery. Obama administration officials say the president's plan will include tax reductions, money for rebuilding roads, bridges and schools, and help for unemployed people.

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

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is criticising a protest by a leading anti-corruption activist. The prime minister spoke to parliament Wednesday. He said Anna Hazare cannot be permitted to force lawmakers to sign his own version of corruption-fighting measures. Mr. Singh said that would go against parliament's democratic right. Thousands of people protested across India for a second day in support of Mr. Hazare. On Tuesday, police detained him and more than 1,000 of his supporters after they refused to give up plans for a public protest. They were planning to refuse food as part of an effort to urge the government to pass stronger anti-corruption laws.

Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in China on the first stop of a six-day trip to Asia. Mr Biden would use his visit to ease Chinese concerns about the American economy. He reportedly will attempt to build ties with future Chinese leaders. China has expressed concern about the recent deal in the United States to raise the debt limit. China says it did not do enough to cut America's deficit. China holds more than 23024 trillion of American debt. During the visit, Mr. Biden will tell Chinese leaders that their country's investments are safe.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he plans for the government to take control of the nation's gold mining industry. The president spoke on state television Wednesday. He said he will soon release an order to nationalize operations currently controlled by private and foreign companies. Gold mining will be the latest industry to be put under state control by President Chavez. Venezuela has about 230248 billion in gold reserves, but about 230241 billion worth is held outside the country. Last year, Mr. Chavez permitted private gold miners to export as much as half of the gold they mined. But he now says Venezuela cannot continue permitting its gold to be, in his words, "taken away."

And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour in VOA Special English. Libyan rebels have begun an attack on an oil processing center in the city of Zawiya. Four members of the group Hezbollah are facing charges for their reported part in the killing of former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri. And President Obama says he will present a plan early next month to cut the budget deficit by more than 23024.5 trillion.

That's the news in VOA Special English.

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网友的学习评论(2条):
作者:Youncy
Kidding! where are the other reports? Any explaination?
作者:lavender
news is useful~
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