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WORLD NEWS - Sep 27th, 2011

发布日期:9-27-2011

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

The United Nations Security Council says it will consider the Palestinian request for statehood on Wednesday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked the UN to approve full recognition of a Palestinian state. Many expect the request to fail. Council President Nawaf Salam spoke to reporters after the council met on Monday in New York. The council is expected to form a special committee later this week to examine the request. The council may not be ready to vote on the request for a month or more. The United States and Israel are asking council members to oppose the vote or not participate. And the United States, the UN, the European Union and Russia have called on Israelis and Palestinians to hold peace talks within a month and come to an agreement next year.

Libya ’s National Transitional Council and NATO warplanes are increasing their attacks on Sirte, the city is the hometown of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Hundreds of people tried to flee the city despite increasingly tense security. Many people left the city from many different points in cars full of their property. Anti-Gaddafi people entered the eastern part of the city and NATO jets bombed loyalist positions for the third day. NTC fighters from Misratah give fleeing families food and water. They also tried to identify suspected loyalists trying to leave the city, some were arrested. Medical workers warned of growing crisis of health in Sirte with shortages of food, water, fuel and medicine. International aid groups are demanding to be permitted to enter the city.

One American has been killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in an American embassy building in Afghanistan’s capital. An embassy official said an Afghan employee of the American government carried out the attack late Sunday. The attacker was also killed. The building that was attacked is reportedly used by America’s Central Intelligence Agency. Officials did not release the reason for the shooting and no one has claimed responsibility. The attack happened 2 weeks after militants attacked the embassy and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Kabul. Nine people died in the earlier attack.

Pakistani and foreign media said Monday the country’s military will not attack the militant Haqqani group despite American pressure to do so. The CNN television network reported a Pakistani military official said the military believes it does not have the money or troops to fight the group. And French news agency AFP reports a Pakistani security official saying the military will not attack the group. American officials have accused the Pakistani Intelligence Agency of supporting the Haqqani group’s members in their attacks against American targets in Afghanistan. The Pakistani army and government have rejected the accusations.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Syrian activists say security forces have shot and killed 4 soldiers who were trying to leave a military camp. The Syrian observatory for human rights said the soldiers were killed in Idlib province, which bordered Turkey. The United Nations says the government has killed at least 2,700 people since protests started in March. Separately, the Syrian Foreign Minister blamed armed groups for the situation in Syria. Walid Muallem spoke to the UN General Assembly in New York. Mr. Muallem said the government has guaranteed it would make reforms. He accused the United States and European Union of hurting the needs of Syrians by placing restrictions on the country.

Indian officials say at least 59 people have been killed in severe flooding in India. More than 2 million others have been affected. The eastern states of Orissa and Bihar have been 2 of the worst hit areas. In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, villagers took shelter in trees or on roof tops. Helicopters dropped food in areas that were hard to reach. In New York the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said flooding in Pakistan has caused a major emergency. Valerie Amos said the situation has not received enough international attention. At least 300 people have been killed by the flooding in the last 2 months.

For the first time in modern history leftist political parties controlled the Senate in France. Socialists now have 177 seats that is too more than is needed for majority. In France, elected officials decide who is elected to the Senate. About 72,000 elected officials marked ballots in the election. President Nicolas Sarkozy met with his top political allies after the opposition socialist party and its supporters won control of the Senate. Their victory comes just 7 months before presidential elections. Mr. Sarkozy will likely face socialist Francois Hollande in the 2012 presidential election. Observers say the results could help predict that election and voting for the national assembly, the lower house of parliament. Conservative lawmakers now control the lower house.

Archaeologists say they have found what they think is evidence of a large, ancient Roman shipyard. It could be the first major ship building operation from the time of the Roman Empire that archaeologists have found and the largest of its kind in the Mediterranean area. Scientists from British and Italian institutions discovered the evidence in a port near Rome. Scientists say the building was probably used for 400 years from the second century to the sixth century.

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

The United Nations Security Council says it will consider the Palestinian request for statehood on Wednesday. Libya’s National Transitional Council and NATO warplanes are increasing their attacks on Sirte, the city is the hometown of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. And Pakistani officials say the country’s military will not launch an offensive against the Haqqani network.

And t hat’s the news in VOA Special English coming your way from Washington.

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