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WORLD NEWS - October 10th, 2011

作者:Jim Tedder 发布日期:10-10-2011

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It is 23:30 universal time, time for the news in Special English.

Reports from Egypt say at least 19 people were killed Sunday in fighting between Coptic Christian protesters and security forces in Cairo. Medical sources say 150 others were injured. The Copts were protesting a recent attack on a church. Protesters threw gasoline bombs and set army vehicles on fire. Hundreds of protesters also battled with security guards and police near the state television building. The protesters said their demonstration began peacefully, but police officers attacked them. About 10 percent of Egypt's 80 million people are Christians. In the past few weeks, Muslims have rioted at two Christian churches in southern Egypt. The Muslims were angry about church building projects.

Libyan provisional government fighters say they have pushed into the center of former leader Moammar Gadhafi's hometown, Sirte. National Transitional Council fighters said Sunday they are now in control of buildings that Gadhafi loyalists had used as their main base of operation. NTC fighters also say they have seized Sirte's main hospital from pro-Gadhafi fighters. Battles continue in the streets. On Saturday, NTC fighters faced strong resistance from pro-Gadhafi gunmen as they advanced into Sirte. A sandstorm also made the advance by NTC forces more difficult.

The foreign minister of Syria has warned the international community not to recognize a newly formed opposition council. Walid al-Moallem said Sunday that Syria will take "tough measures" against any country that recognizes the Syrian National Council. Syrian opposition leaders met in Stockholm Saturday to discuss how to advance reforms. Also Sunday, protesters in Turkey held a small demonstration against the death of Syrian Kurdish leader Mashaal Tammo. Unidentified gunmen killed Mr. Tammo in his home on Friday.

Yemen 's political opposition has answered a statement broadcast Saturday by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Mr. Saleh said in his statement that he is ready to give up power and will do so "in the coming days." Opposition spokesman Mohammed al-Sabri said the president's statement is meant to create new stories before a United Nations Security Council meeting on Tuesday. The Security Council is to discuss failed efforts to influence Mr. Saleh to sign a deal for a change of power in Yemen. Mr. Al-Sabri said if Mr. Saleh is serious he should resign immediately.

In Kabul, an ousted Afghan lawmaker is promising to continue a hunger strike until she is permitted to return to parliament. Simeen Barakzai was expelled over suspected cheating in parliamentary elections last year. Sunday was the eighth day of her hunger strike. She has refused any liquid sugar or hospital treatment. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission ousted nine politicians, including Mr. Barakzai. The ousters were meant to end disputes over reports of cheating in elections. Some lawmakers who boycotted parliament to protest the expulsions returned to work Saturday.

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

France and Germany are promising a quick answer to the financial crisis in Europe. French President Nicolas Sarkozy met in Berlin Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for emergency talks. They promised to release a plan by the end of this month on how to keep other countries debt problems from further weakening European banks. They would not release details of the plan. Also Sunday, officials from France, Belgium and Luxembourg agreed on how to deal with the failing Dexia bank. The bank is partly owned by France and Belgium. Belgium media say financially strong parts of the bank will be sold. The weak parts will be put into a government-supported bank.

The President of Cameroon has called on his country to be patient with the voting process. Paul Biya asked Cameroonians to forgive imperfections in the balloting. He spoke as he voted in the presidential election Sunday. Result may not be announced for two weeks. Mr. Biya is widely expected to win another new seven-year term. The 78-year-old leader has ruled the central African state for 29 years.

The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan say their countries are ready to negotiate an end to their disputes. President Salva Kiir of South Sudan says his government is ready to discuss solutions to all issues. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says time limits have been established. The leaders spoke to the press following talks in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. They both said national committees are being formed to begin negotiations.

Indian police have detained 13 Tibetan exiles who joined a protest outside the Chinese embassy in Indian's capital, New Delhi. A group of young Tibetans gathered outside the embassy on Sunday. The Tibetans said they were showing support for at least seven religious workers in China who have set themselves on fire this year. The religious workers were protesting China's repression in Tibet of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tibetan activists carried signs and denounced China before Indian police broke up the protest.

The leader of the Roman Catholic church has strongly criticised organized crime. Pope Benedict called the Ndrangheta organization crime family inhuman and vicious. He spoke in southern Italy's Calabria area, the headquarters of the Ndrangheta Mafia. Calabria is one of Italy's poorest areas. Many people do not have a job, especially young people.

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

Reports from Egypt say at least 19 people were killed Sunday in fighting between Coptic Christian protesters and security forces in Cairo. The foreign minister of Syria has warned the international community not to recognize a newly formed opposition council. And France and Germany are promising a quick answer to the financial crisis in European.

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

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