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WORLD NEWS - Sep 10th, 2011

发布日期:9-10-2011

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It is zero hour thirty Universal Time. It’s Friday in America. Now here is the news in VOA Special English. I’m Christopher Cruise reporting live from Washington.

Libyan National Transitional Council fighters are in the town of Bani Walid. The town is controlled by supporters of Muammar Gaddafi. Council forces entered after pro-Gaddafi fighters fired rockets at them. The NTC says one of their fighters and at least 3 pro-Gaddafi fighters have been killed in the fighting for Bani Walid. NATO says it carried out air strikes near Bani Walid Friday. The strikes destroyed 2 missiles that were part of Muammar Gaddafi’s weapons supply. There were also reports of fighting in his hometown of Sirte. Also, President Obama has recognized Ali Aujali, the new Libyan ambassador to the United States. Mr. Aujali was a diplomat with the Gaddafi government but he withdrew in support of the rebels. 

The Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is urging Americans to report anything suspicious, especially over the next few days. American officials are investigating what they call a believable but unconfirmed terrorist threat. They say the threat is linked to the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States. Secretary Napolitano spoke on Friday. She said federal and local officials are working together to deal with the situation. Additional police are being deployed in New York City and in Washington D.C., the reported possible targets. The mayors of both cities said the threat of an attack would not interfere with planned anniversary ceremonies on Sunday.

Officials in the United States had charged an Albanian man with providing support to terrorists. Officials identified the man as 27-year-old Agron Hasbajrami. They say he sent more than 1,000 dollars to someone in Pakistan to pay for terrorist activities. Mr. Hasbajrami was arrested Tuesday at a New York City airport. He was preparing to get on a one way flight to Turkey.

A strong earthquake has struck the western Canadian city of Vancouver. The quake measured 6.4. There are no immediate reports of damage. The quake shook buildings and trees for about 30 seconds on Friday. Experts said there may be aftershocks but they do not expect the quake to cause a tsunami. The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered off the west coast of Vancouver Island at a depth of about 23 kilometers. The quake was felt across a wide area, including the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Victoria and it is as far shelf as Seattle Washington in the United States.

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

Stock prices dropped sharply Friday on European markets. Investors worried that Greece may soon say it is not able to repay international loans. The Euro fell to its lowest value against the Japanese Yen in 10 years. The Euro is the money of 17 European nations. Prices on stocks changes in London, Paris and Frankfurt fell sharply. The German market fell more than 4%.

At least 5,000 protesters gathered in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Friday. They demanded early elections and the release of political prisoners. The opposition Armenian national congress organized Friday’s protest. Former President Levon Ter-Petrossian leaves the group. The protesters promised more demonstrations on less their demands are met.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Yemen Friday. Some of them called for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, others expressed support for the leader. Large crowds of anti-government demonstrators gathered in the capital Sana’a and the city of Taiz. The state-run Saba news agency said millions of people also gathered to show their support for the president.

Afghans gathered in Kabul Friday to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of resistance commander Ahmad Shah Massoud. Mr. Massoud fought Soviet troops and their allies in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He also led a group of Afghan commanders called the Northern Alliance who fought the Taliban in the 1990s. Arab al-Qaeda suicide bombers killed Ahmad Shah Massoud on September 9, 2001. 2 days later, al-Qaeda used passenger airplanes to attack the United States. Some observers say al-Qaeda killed Mr. Massoud to guaranty Taliban support after the September 11 attacks.

And finally this hour, the Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki says starving Somalis continue to make their way to aid camps in his country. More than 1,200 (one thousand twelve hundred应是口误) Somalis are crossing into Kenya everyday. Mr. Kibaki says criminals have started using the large uncontrolled movement refuges to transport weapons. He spoke at a united nation’s meeting in Nairobi. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi also attended the meeting. He said there is a failure to move aid supplies to the most affected areas in Somalia. He called on the international community to establish path of humanitarian aid. He said this would reduce the flow of refuges.           

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

National Transitional Council fighters in Libya have entered the town of Bani Walid and they are fighting supporters of Muammar Gaddafi. The Secretary of Homeland Security is urging Americans to report anything suspicious, especially over the next few days. And a strong earthquake has struck the western Canadian city of Vancouver. There are no immediate reports of damage.

There’s news any time at voanews.com. And that’s the news in VOA Special English. I’m Christopher Cruise in Washington.

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