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WORLD NEWS - Aug 23rd, 2011

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文章来源:http://www.unsv.com/voanews/specialenglish/scripts/2011/08/23/0030/

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

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fought rebels in parts of Tripoli late Monday. The head of the opposition Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said the rebels do not know if Mr. Gadhafi is still in the country. He noted that  the "real moment of victory" will be when Mr. Gadhafi is captured. Mr. Jalil promised a fair trial for the Libyan leader. Mr. Jalil said the rebels do not yet have full control of Tripoli. Opposition fighters say pro-government forces are still in control of about 10-15 percent of the capital, including Mr. Gadhafi's headquarters. Officials close to the Libyan leader say he will not surrender without a fight. Separately, the rebels reported the arrest of three of Mr. Gadhafi's sons. They later said that one of his sons had escaped house arrest.

President Obama says the rule of Libyan leader Gadhafi is "coming to an end." The president urged the Libyan leader to leave power so that more violence is avoided. He also urged Libyan rebels not to seek justice through violent attacks. Mr. Obama made the comments in his first appearance since the rebels entered Tripoli. He said the United States would be a friend and partner to the rebels and support a peaceful move toward democracy. He called Mr. Gadhafi a tyrant who denied human rights to the Libyan people. In Paris, a French Foreign Ministry official told VOA that Mr. Gadhafi's time in Libya is over. Egypt recognized Libya's National Transitional Council as the representative of the Libyan people.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says it is "troubling" that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has not kept his promise to end his military campaign against civilian protesters. The United Nations Human Rights Council met Monday to discuss the situation in Syria. Twenty-four council members requested the meeting, including all four Arab members. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights said the clashes in Syria had killed more 2,200 people.

American government lawyers have asked a judge to drop sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Media reports say the judge will consider that request at a court hearing on Tuesday. The former International Monetary Fund director is expected to attend the hearing. He was arrested in May on suspicion of raping a hotel worker. The prosecutors announced their plans to drop the charges shortly after they met with hotel worker, Nafissatou Diallo and her lawyer. The prosecutors said the woman's stories about what happened had changed. They also said Ms. Diallo had lied about being gang-raped in Guinea where she was born.

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

At least 91 people have been killed during a week of political and ethnic violence in Pakistan's largest city. The bodies of at least 11 people have been brought to government hospitals in Karachi since Sunday. Police said the victims were shot or tortured to death. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani went to the city Monday and talked with local officials. He called for strong action against those responsible for the violence.

A court in the United States has sentenced two Somali pirates to life in prison for killing four Americans. Officials in Virginia announced the sentences Monday in the case of Ali Abdi Mohamed and Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf. They had admitted guilt to piracy charges which would require a life prison sentence. The four Americans were sailing toward Oman when pirates attacked their boat. The Americans were shot to death in February, days after they were taken hostage. This was the first time American citizens had been killed by pirates operating off the Somali coast.

The United Nations is calling for an end to violence in South Sudan's Jonglei state. The U.N. office in South Sudan said the violence has "reportedly resulted" in at least 600 deaths and 750 injuries. South Sudanese officials say the fighting resulted from a dispute between two tribes. The tribes often clash over animals and land. A representative for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the cycle of violence must be stopped. Hilda Johnson called for efforts to end the fighting. She said the U.N. is ready and willing to support a peace process.

Weather experts in the United States say a hurricane will soon hit parts of the Bahamas. They expect Hurricane Irene to become a strong storm. The Bahamian government has warned parts of the country to prepare for the storm. At this hour, however, Hurricane Irene is near Hispaniola, the island that Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Irene is about 100 kilometers north-northwest of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The hurricane is moving in a west-northwesterly direction. Experts believe the storm will be near or over the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas on Tuesday, and near the Central Bahamas early Wednesday.

A memorial built to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has opened to the public in Washington, D.C. President Obama will speak at the official opening ceremony this Sunday, Aug. 28. Sunday is the 48th anniversary of a major civil rights protest in Washington. During the protest, Martin Luther King spoke to hundreds of thousands of people from the steps of the Lincoln memorial. He gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Briefly, here again is the major news. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fought rebels in parts of Tripoli late Monday. The rebels said they do not know if Mr. Gadhafi is still in the country. President Obama says Mr. Gadhafi's rule is "coming to an end." He has urged Libyan rebels to not seek justice through violent attacks. And American government lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss sexual assault charges against former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

That's the news.

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