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WORLD NEWS - Aug 27th, 2011

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文章来源:http://www.unsv.com/voanews/specialenglish/scripts/2011/08/27/0030/

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.

Million of people on the east coast of the United States are preparing for Hurricane Irene. Weather experts say the hurricane may strike New York City. President Obama says storm will be "extremely dangerous and costly." He said Irene will be an historic storm and the nation must be prepared for the worst. Experts predict Irene could cause billions of dollars in damage and flooding in many areas. They also say many people could temporarily lose electricity. The mayor of New York City has ordered the first required evacuation in the city's history. About 250,000 people have been told to leave their homes. Also for the first time, the city's buses and underground trains will suspend operations on Saturday.

An Islamic group has claimed responsibility for a deadly car bombing at the United Nations building in Nigeria's capital, Abuja. The bombing killed at least 18 people and wounded 60 others. Witnesses say a vehicle forced its way past two security barriers outside the UN building and then exploded. About 400 people work in the compound. After the attack, a spokesman for Boko Haram told VOA the group carried out the bombing. He said "this is just the beginning."

NATO airplanes have struck an underground shelter in Sirte, the hometown of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. At the same time, opposition fighters moved toward the coastal city to battle with pro-Gadhafi forces. Britain said Friday that its warplanes fired missiles at the underground shelter during the night.

The African Union is calling for an inclusive temporary government in Libya, but the group did not join other world powers in recognizing the opposition Transitional National Council as the country's new government. The African Union's peace and security committee announced the decision Friday after an emergency meeting in Ethiopia. Western diplomats attending the meeting say 20 African nations have individually recognized the TNC. The opposition coalition took control of the capital Tripoli this week.

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

At the United Nations, Russia has proposed a resolution calling for an immediate end to the violence in Syria. But the proposal does not support actions sought by western countries. Two days ago, the United States and four European nations proposed a resolution on Syria. That resolution calls for actions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, members of his family and close aides. But the Russian measure does not condemn those responsible for the violence in Syria. It also does not seek to punish them.

Thousands of protesters gathered in towns across Yemen Friday, to call for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Government supporters also demonstrated. They carryed pictures of Mr. Saleh and urged him to stay in office. The competing protests took place in the capital, Sana'a, the southern city of Taiz, and in smaller towns. Mr. Saleh remains in Saudi Arabia, where his is receiving medical care for wounds he suffered in an attack on the presidential headquarters in June.

The chairman of the United States central bank says the bank still has what he calls a "range of tools" it can use to help the economy. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke  spoke Friday to a group of top economists in the western state of Wyoming. He said "most" of the economic policies that support strong economic growth in the United States are not under the control of the central bank. Mr. Bernanke said the recent political disputes over the debt limit, government spending and other issues hurt the economy. He said they affected both businesses and American consumers. The chairman said it is necessary to cut the nation's debt over the next few years, but he said that should be done without cutting the spending that is now supporting the economic recovery.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has declared three days of mourning after more than 50 people were killed in northern Mexico. They died on Thursday when gunmen set fire to a casino in the city of Monterrey. Officials suspect the gunmen have ties to drug dealers. Mr. Calderon called the violence barbaric and the worst attack on innocent civilians in Mexico in a long time. He called the attackers terrorists who have no limits on their violence. Mexico is offering more than $2 million for information that leads to the arrest of the gunmen.

And finally of this hour, the United Nations refugee agency says about 3,700 Somali refugees have arrived in Yemen this month. The refugees left Somalia because of eastern Africa's food crisis, more are expected in the coming months. UN Spokesman Adrian Edwards said Friday that the number of refugees crossing the Gulf of Aden in unsafe boats is rising. He said Somalis are fleeing famine, unrest, and unemployment in their country. He said more people arrived in Yemen in August than any other month this year.

Now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour read to you in VOA Special English.

Million of people on the east coast of the United States are preparing for Hurricane Irene.The mayor of New York City has ordered the first required evacuation in the city's history. An Islamic group has claimed responsibility for a deadly car bombing at the UN building in Nigeria's capital. And thousands of protesters gathered in towns across Yemen Friday, to call for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

There's news anytime at voanews.com. And that's the news in Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise in Washington.

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