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WORLD NEWS - Sep 22nd, 2011

发布日期:9-22-2011

我们勤劳的会员“joyowang”于2011年9月22日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

http://www.unsv.com/voanews/specialenglish/scripts/2011/09/22/0030/

It is zero hour thirty Universal Time. Here is the news in Special English.

President Obama has told the United Nations General Assembly that there can be no shortcut or easy way to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Mr. Obama says he is troubled because of delays in the peace process. But he says he supports the belief that the conflict must be solved through negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians and not at the UN. Palestinian leaders have said they will ask the UN Security Council to recognize an independent Palestinian state. Mr. Obama met Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He confirmed the American commitment to Israel’s security. Mr. Obama also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the General Assembly.

2 Americans jailed in Iran for more than 2 years have left Tehran and arrived in Oman. Iranian state media say Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal left on an airplane provided by the government of Oman. They arrived in the Omani capital Muscat late Wednesday. They will likely stay in Oman 1 or 2 days before flying to the United States. The 2 men were released to Omani officials earlier Wednesday after an Iranian judge approved an order to free them. The order was approved after Iran received a payment of 1 million dollars. Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were detained by Iranian officials in 2009 on spying charges. Ms. Shourd was later released. In August, a court sentenced the 2 men to 8 years in prison.

The United States has agreed to limit the number of its military workers in Pakistan. Pakistan called for the reduction after American Special Forces killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Pakistani officials were not told about the raid before it happened. This angered many people in Pakistan. Earlier this week, American officials said the number of American troops helping to train Pakistan’s military to fight terrorism will be cut in half, to between 100 and 150. American officials have accused Pakistan of having ties to the Taliban and Haqqani network based in the North Waziristan tribal region. Pakistani authorities denied the charge.

NATO says it will stay in Libya for 3 more months. NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday the alliance is determined to continue its mission for as long as necessary. This is the second 90-day extension of the NATO campaign in Libya. The extension was approved less than a week before the nation was to end. Also Wednesday, American ambassador Gene Cretz returned to Tripoli. The United States plans to raise its flag over its mission in the Libyan capital Tripoli Thursday. Separately, Libya’s National Transitional Council says its forces now control most of the southern desert city of Sabha. The city is one of the last that is controlled by forces loyal to former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

More than 5,000 soldiers and rescue workers are in northeast India trying to repair roads and clear away landslides. The area was hit by an earthquake Sunday. The quake killed more than 100 people. The center of the quake was in the Indian state of Sikkim. But damage was also reported in Nepal, the Chinese region of Tibet and Bhutan. Wednesday officials in Sikkim said they had still not been able to contact people in some villages. The state chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling said the quake caused more than 20 billion dollars in damage.

The United States says it will sell almost 6 billion dollars in weapons to Taiwan. The Obama administration notified Congress of the plan on Wednesday. The State Department said the weapons will help Taiwan increase its ability to defend its air space. Taiwan’s government and many American lawmakers support supplying weapons to Taiwan. China claims Taiwan as its territory. It reacted with anger to the announcement. It said the weapon sales will hurt relations between China and the United States. A law passed in 1979 requires the United States to supply Taiwan with weapons for self-defense.

Typhoon Roke hit Tokyo Wednesday with strong winds and heavy rains stuffing public transportation. Police and media say at least 6 people died in central Japan after being swept away in rivers and the storms 150-kilometer-per-hour winds. Hundreds of flights and trains were canceled. Officials advised about a million people in the central city of Nagoya to leave their homes. Late Wednesday, Japanese weather experts said the storm was moving along Japan’s eastern coast at 55 kilometers an hour. It is headed toward Fukushima and nuclear power center that was heavily damaged by the earthquake and tsunami that hit in March. A spokesman for the center said all efforts have been made to keep rain out of the center and to prevent radioactive water from leaving the damage reactors.

Partial results from Zambia’s presidential election show the main opposition candidate Michael Sata leading President Rupiah Banda. The electoral commission of Zambia said Wednesday that the ballot counting is continuing. It said Mr. Sata was leading President Banda in the vote count. This is Mr. Sata’s 4th attempt to win the presidency. The commission said it plans to have results from all of Zambians 150 voting areas by the end of Thursday. Opposition parties have expressed concern about the link of time the commission is taking to count the votes. They suspect the commission may be trying to help President Banda win the election.

And now, briefly, here again is the major news of the hour in Special English.

President Obama has told the United Nations General Assembly that there can be no shortcuts to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. 2 Americans jailed in Iran for more than 2 years have left Tehran and have arrived in Oman. And NATO says it will stay in Libya for 3 more months.

T hat’s the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

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