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WORLD NEWS - Aug 21st, 2011

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文章来源:http://www.unsv.com/voanews/specialenglish/scripts/2011/08/21/0030/

It is now 00:30 universal time, and here is the news in Special English from the Voice of America. I'm Robert Cohen in Washington.

Israel has expressed regret for the deaths of Egyptian security forces near the border on Thursday. Five Egyptian officers were killed in fighting between Israeli troops and suspected Palestinian militants. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that Israel will jointly investigate the incident with the Egyptian military. Earlier Saturday, Egypt threatened to withdraw its ambassador to Israel to protest the killings. Egypt blamed Israeli troops for the deaths and said the Israelis had violated a 1979 peace treaty.

Explosions and heavy gunfire were heard in Tripoli Saturday as the Libyan government denied that rebels were moving toward the city. Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said small groups of armed rebels who had entered the city had been dealt with. He said Tripoli was now calm. The reports of fighting in Tripoli came hours after the rebels reportedly seized control of two towns — Zawiya in the west and Brega in the east.

Syrian security forces have killed at least two people in the central province of Homs. President Bashar al-Assad continues his campaign against protesters even after he promised the United Nations that military operations had ended. A military offensive has also taken place on the coastal city of Latakia, the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, and the central city of Hama. The official news agency SANA said Mr. Assad will appear on national television Sunday to talk about the crisis. On Thursday, the United States, the European Union and several other Western powers called on the Syrian president to resign.

Iran has sentenced two detained Americans to eight years in prison for spying and illegally entering Iran. Iranian state television reports that law officials say Americans Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal each received a five-year sentence for spying. The two also received a three-year sentence for entering Iran illegally. The report did not say if the sentences would be reduced by the amount of time they have spent in jail waiting for the trial. They were detained with an American woman Sarah Shroud near the Iraq border in 2009. The three said they were walking in the mountains while on vacation, and did not know they had crossed the unmarked border. Ms. Shroud had been temporarily released and she is in the United States.

A huge crowd gathered on the edge of Harare Saturday for the funeral of one of Zimbabwe's heroes. Political enemies united to praise retired General Solomon Mujuru. He was an ally of President Robert Mugabe who helped win Zimbabwe's independence and end rule by the white minority. The retired military chief died in a fire at his farm house Tuesday. Mr. Mugabe attempted to calm fears that the death might not have been an accident. He asked people to control their anger and he urged everyone to avoid violence.

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

A new museum in the western state of Wyoming recalls life during World War Two for thousands of ethnic Japanese held in camps. The museum is in the former Heart Mountain Relocation Camp. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered almost 120,000 people held in camps soon after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Most of these people were ethnic Japanese American citizens. Before World War Two ended, a U.S. court ruled that camps were illegal. It was not until 1988 that President Ronald Reagan apologized for the camps. He said the camps were a result of racial distrust and heightened feelings during war time.

A Moroccan man has been sentenced to jail in Spain for plotting to poison water supplies in that country. A Spanish judge said Abdellatif Aoulad Chiba has been seeking information on Islamist websites on how to poison water supplies. The judge said Mr. Chiba was a member of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. That group operates in northern Africa.

The tropical storm called Harvey has reached land in Belize. The United States National Hurricane Center said storm winds had reached 95 kilometers per hour. The storm is centered about 55 kilometers from Belize City. The weather experts say the storm is expected to lose strength as it moves over land to Guatemala. The storm could drop up to 15 centimeters of rain across Honduras, Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Thousands of people in India gathered in New Delhi Saturday to support anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare. Mr. Hazare continued his hunger strike for a second day. He is protesting to demand stronger corruption laws. He told supporters that he has lost more than three kilograms of body weight during the hunger strike. He began the protest three days earlier where he was briefly jailed by the Indian government. On Saturday, the government responded to his protest with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying he was ready for talks on the issue of corruption.

American Vice President Joe Biden is visiting the Chinese city of Chengdu after two days of meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing. Mr. Biden arrived in the manufacturing city in Sichuan province Saturday. He was traveling with his grand-daughter and the new American Ambassador to China, Gary Locke. He will speak to students at Sichuan University and will also visit areas destroyed by the 2008 earthquake.

Briefly here again is the major news of the hour. Israel has expressed regret for the deaths of Egyptian security forces. Explosions and heavy gunfire were heard in Tripoli Saturday as the Libyan government denied that rebels were progressing toward the city. And in Syria, government forces have killed at least two people in the central province of Homs.

That's the news in VOA Special English.

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