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WORLD NEWS - Oct 7th, 2011

发布日期:10-7-2011

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

Hundreds of Afghans protested in the streets of Kabul Thursday. They called for an immediate withdrawal of international forces from the nation. The NATO says its plans to withdraw all foreign troops by 2014 remain in place. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO would continue supporting the Afghan government after that date. He said NATO would especially help train Afghan forces. Separately, the Reuters news agency reported that American Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told NATO ministers that important American resources would stay in Afghanistan. Mr. Panetta said medical teams, helicopters and intelligence gathering groups would remain to help allies.

Pakistan is calling on Afghanistan to stop playing politics. Earlier, Afghanistan said a Pakistani citizen killed former President Burhanuddin Rabbani in an assassination that was planned in Pakistan. Pakistan denied the charges and said it would help investigate Mr. Rabbani's killing. A Pakistani foreign ministry spokeswoman said Afghan officials should stop making such claims. She also said the Pakistani government was examining the agreement that Afghanistan signed this week with India. The agreement's goal is to improve security and economic ties between the two countries.

Apple computer stores around the world have become memorials to Steve Jobs. The leader of the Apple computer company died Wednesday at the age of 56. Mr. Jobs developed electronic devices that changed the music, telephone and computer industries. People left flowers, pictures, candles and notes at Apple stores on Thursday as millions around the world mourn the death of Mr. Jobs. News of his death even reached the international space station. Commander Michael Rosen said Mr. Jobs had the energy and intelligence to make things happen. President Obama called him one of America's greatest innovators. Mr. Jobs had suffered from a rare form of cancer of the pancreas since 2003. His family says he died peacefully at his home in California surrounded by his loved ones.

The United Nations says more than 2900 people have died during the Syrian government's campaign against anti-government protesters. The UN human rights office announced the increase Thursday. Separately, the Syrian observatory for human rights said clashes Thursday near the Turkish border killed four soldiers and wounded at least three others.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has called for millions of Libyans to protest his ouster from his office by the National Transitional Council. He said conditions in the country are terrible. His message was broadcast on the Syria-based Arrai television on Thursday. Mr. Gaddafi also said rulers in developing nations who are now supporting the NTC should be ready for the creation of other parties that will replace it. It is not clear where Mr. Gaddafi is hiding or when the message was recorded. Also Thursday, the American Defense Secretary said NATO officials are examining conditions in Libya to decide when to end the bombing campaign. Leon Panetta spoke Thursday in Brussels at a NATO meeting.

Chinese investigators say human mistakes caused an underground train crash last moth in Shanghai. Twelve people have been punished in connection with the crash. News reports from China say the government dismissed the person responsible for controlling trains on the track where the crash happened. Eleven other supervisors and workers also received punishments. The crash injured more than 290 passengers. Seventy of them are still in the hospital. The investigators' report says power failure and incorrect communication led to the crash.

American Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell says Japan and the United States are beginning some of the most important diplomacy in years. Mr. Campbell is leading a group of American officials visiting Japan. He said the two countries will talk about issues they have in common before a series of meetings in Asia.

Hundreds of people gathered in Washington D.C. Thursday to protest economic inequality. They have joined the movement that began in New York last month and had spread to other American cities. The Washington protesters shared the demands of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The protesters say 1% of the American population controls the country's power and wealth. They called for economic reforms and an end to American involvement in foreign conflicts. They marched to the White House. President Obama recognized the protests during a meeting with reporters. He called them a sign of dissatisfaction that many Americans feel about the country's financial system.

The Prime Minister of Australia says the country's economy has recovered and will continue to grow. Julia Gillard spoke at the Future Jobs Forum in Canberra Thursday. Ms. Gillard said employment has grown mainly because the mining and construction industries have expanded. She also said the Australian dollar is strong and will remain so for a while. But she recognized that the dollars strength is making Australian goods more expensive for foreign buyers.

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

Hundreds of Afghans have called for an immediate withdrawal of international forces, but NATO says its plans to withdraw foreign troops by 2014 remain in place. Pakistan is calling on Afghanistan to stop playing politics. And Apple computer stores around the world have become memorials to Steve Jobs, the leader of the company who died Wednesday.

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

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