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WORLD NEWS - Sep 12th, 2011

发布日期:9-12-2011

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

Security has been increased in Washington, DC and New York City, as American officials investigate a possible threat timed for the September 11 anniversary. In Washington, armed guards were at the Kennedy Center, where President Barack Obama and Ms. Obama were to attend a memorial concert Sunday evening. Earlier, officers prevented travelers from gathering near the White House. In New York, police set up checkpoints at bridges, underground pass ways for cars and train stations. Dogs that can smell bombs were deployed across the city. At the same time, observation cameras kept guards throughout the city, including at a place called Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center buildings once stood.

The government of Niger says a group of vehicles carrying the son of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi crossed into Niger and was intercepted by army troops. Justice Minister Marou Amadou said Sunday that Saadi Gadhafi is the most well-known member of the former government to flee into Niger. He arrived with a group of about 10 people. They were traveling toward the northern desert city of Agadez. That is where other fleeing Gadhafi loyalists are believed to be hiding. They include three generals and Mr. Gadhafi's security chief. Mr. Amadou said he expected the group to be transferred to the capital, Niamey, sometime this week.

An anti-American clergyman in Iraq has urged his followers to stop their attacks on American troops. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said he wants the attacks to stop because he does not want the Americans to have an excuse to remain in the country. A statement on his website Saturday said that he has ordered his militias to let the Americans leave peacefully. However, he warned that he will increase attacks against United States forces if any stay past the end of the year. An American military spokesman answered the statement by saying all groups in Iraq should obey the laws.

Guatemalans are hoping for an end to the country's drug-related crime problems as they vote for a new president Sunday. Pre-election opinion studies showed that 61-year old retired General Otto Perez has the support of most of those asked. But he does not appear to have the 50% needed to avoid a second election. If he does not receive more than 50% of the votes on Sunday, Mr. Perez will probably face conservative businessman Manuel Baldizon in a November run-off election. The only left-leaning candidate among the ten running for the presidency is Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu. She does not appear to be receiving much support. The campaigns have centered on who will do the best job of controlling crime, which is mainly linked to the transport of illegal drugs.

Rescuers have found seven of 10 oil workers missing for three days in the Gulf of Mexico alive. The state-run Mexican oil company, Pemex, says the men were found off the coast of the state of Campeche. It says two of the workers are dead and the 10th is still missing. The 10 left their oil drilling platform in the gulf on Thursday to escape Tropical Storm Nate. They became lost after they left their disabled lifeboat for a smaller boat.

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

British police have arrested five people and charged them with holding 24 men as slaves. One of the officers said they were held in shockingly dirty and small conditions. Police raided the place north of London Sunday, arresting four men and one woman. They freed 24 men of English and eastern European backgrounds and took them to a hospital. Some of the men had been held for as long as 15 years. Police say the suspects forced them to work and live in horse trailers and dog houses, giving them no money and very little food.

NATO says a Taliban suicide bomber crashed his explosives-filled truck into a NATO center Sunday in central Afghanistan's Wardak province. At least four Afghan civilians were killed. More than 100 were wounded. Seventy-seven NATO troops and about 25 Afghan civilians were among those injured. None of the injured are expected to die from them wounds. NATO said the truck exploded at the entrance of a combat post called Sayed Abad. Most of the explosion was stopped by a protective wall at the entrance, but about 100 shops in the area were damaged. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A suspected unmanned American plane has launched an attack that has killed at least three people in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area. Pakistani intelligence officials say two missiles fired from the drone hit a militant center near the area's main town of Miran Shah. The town is on the border with Afghanistan. It is known as an area where members of al-Qaida and Taliban-linked militants are located.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has begun a visit to France. He is to meet with Rwandans living in France, French business leaders and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. This is Mr. Kagame's first visit to France since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. That year Hutu extremists killed an estimated 800,000 people. A French judge has accused assistance to President Kagame of killing the Rwandan president in 1994. That event is thought to have begun the genocide. In 2008, Rwanda's government released a report that said a number of French officials were aware of and participated in the killings.

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