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WORLD NEWS - Sep 19th, 2011

发布日期:9-19-2011

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

A strong earthquake shook northeastern India and Nepal Sunday night. The quake killed at least 18 people and damaged buildings. Scientists say it measured almost 7 in magnitude. The earthquake was centered in the Indian state of Sikkim, about 60 kilometers northwest of the state capital, Gangtok. A local official said mudslides and building collapses killed at least five people in Sikkim. More than 50 others were injured. Indian officials said people also died in Bihar and West Bengal states. People more than 1,000 kilometers away in New Delhi felt the earthquake. It also shook parts of Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Pakistani intelligence officials say government troops and Taliban militants fought Sunday for wreckage from a suspected United States drone. The pilotless airplane crashed in the South Waziristan tribal area. Officials say at least two militants were killed and one Pakistani soldier was wounded. The pilotless airplane crashed late Saturday near Jangara village. The Pakistani Taliban says it shot down the drone. However, Pakistani officials say a technical problem may have caused the crash.

The United Nations is asking countries to give $357 million to help flood victims in southern Pakistan. The U.N. said Sunday the floods have killed at least 300 people. The water and resulting damage has forced more than five million others to flee their homes. The U.N. says the seasonal rains have flooded almost every part of Sindh province and several areas in neighboring Baluchistan. Officials in Pakistan said the floods destroyed or damaged about one million homes. Water covered more than two million hectares of farmland. People in the affected areas need food, shelter, clean water, and medical care.

NATO says militant attacks in southern Afghanistan have killed three of its troops. NATO says two of its service members were killed in separate road bombings on Sunday, while the third was killed in an earlier attack on Saturday. It did not tell the nationality of the troops. The Afghan Interior Ministry said Sunday government forces and their NATO allies killed 49 militants and detained 25 others in battles across Afghanistan since Saturday. It says two Afghan policemen also were killed in the fighting. Afghan officials say a rocket struck a school in the eastern province of Logar on Sunday. One boy was killed. Ten other students were wounded. It was not clear who fired the rocket.

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

In Libya, fighters from the the National Transition Council met strong resistance in two towns Sunday. The fighting came as NTC leaders worked to form a new government. The NTC had planned to announce Cabinet positions at a press conference later Sunday in Tripoli, but the French news agency reports the announcement has been delayed as negotiations continue. Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi fought NTC fighters with heavy mortar in the desert town of Bani Walid. NTC fighters entering the town from the north answered with machine gun fire. Rockets also flew over NTC fighters in Mr. Gadhafi's hometown, Sirte. Officials say recent fighting there has killed at least 10 and wounded at least 40 others.

Witnesses and medical workers say Yemeni security forces killed at least 15 people Sunday when they fired on anti-government protesters in the capital, Sana’a. Witnesses say the attack wounded many others. The protest was one of the largest in months against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The demonstrators are demanding that Mr. Saleh resign. He remains in Saudi Arabia.

Diplomats from the political group called the Mideast Quartet met in New York Sunday in a continued effort to avoid conflict at the United Nations over statehood for Palestinians. The talks involve representatives of the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will seek U.N. recognition and full membership for an independent Palestinian state later this week.

Nigeria is offering an award for information on the suspected plotter behind last month's deadly bomb attack on the United Nations headquarters in Abuja. Nigeria's State Security Service says it will pay 6640760,000 for information leading to the capture of Mamman Nur. The agency has said he is a member of the Islamist group called Boko Haram. The group claimed responsibility for the bombing. The attack on the U.N. building killed at least 23 people and wounded many others.

President Obama will announce more plans Monday to reduce the government budget deficit. The plans will include a proposal for a tax for individuals earning more than 66407 million a year. Media reports are calling the plan the "Buffett Rule," named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Mr. Buffett has complained that he and other super-rich Americans pay lower tax rates than middle-income workers.

The large Germany engineering and industrial company called Siemens says it is withdrawing from the nuclear industry. The chief of the company announced the decision in the German news magazine Der Spiegel. Peter Loscher linked the decision to the disaster in March at a nuclear power center in Japan. He said his company wound stop work on a planned joint nuclear effort with Russia. Germany has been debating the future of nuclear energy since March when Japan's Fukushima-Daiichi power center was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami.

And now briefly here again is the major news of the hour.

A strong earthquake shook northeastern India and Nepal Sunday night, killing at least 18 people. The United Nations is asking countries to give $357 million to help flood victims in southern Pakistan. And in Libya, fighters from the the National Transition Council met strong resistance in two towns on Sunday.

That's the news in VOA Special English coming to you from Washington.

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