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WORLD NEWS - Oct 13th, 2011

发布日期:10-13-2011

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It is zero hour thirty Universal Time. Here now the news in VOA Special English. I’m Christopher Cruise reporting live from the VOA news center in Washington.

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has criticized a reported plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States in Washington. She called the plot a dangerous escalation in Iran support of terrorism. Tuesday the Justice Department said it had charged two Iranians with planning to carry out a bomb attack against Saudi ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. One of the men is a naturalized American citizen. The other is a member of the special Iranian military group. The American attorney general Eric Holder said the plot was created by and controlled from Iran. The Iranian government denied the charge. Wednesday, a spokesman for the Obama administration said the plot involved members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force. That group carries out operations outside of Iran. The spokesman said the United States is considering all options as it decides how it will answer the plot.

Libya ’s new government says former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Mo’tassim has been detained in the city of Sirte. National Transitional Council officials said Wednesday that Mo’tassim Gaddafi was taken to the eastern town of Benghazi where he was questioned. They provided no other details. Earlier anti-Gaddafi fighters said they control more than 80% of Sirte. But they said they are still facing strong resistance from forces loyal to the former Libyan leader. Sirte is the hometown of Muammar Gaddafi. NTC officials say capturing Sirte would permit them to declare the country is liberated. The NTC already controls all other Libyan ports and harbors.

The United States has charged a Syria-born American citizen was spying on Syrian government opponents in the United States. American officials say Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid has been charged with providing information about government opponents in Syria and in the United States to Syrian agents. Officials accused him of giving the agents materials that could be used to silence and possibly harm the protesters. American officials arrested Mr. Soueid on Tuesday. In Damascus, Syrian officials denied that the man worked for the government to attempt to frighten American citizens.

A Nigerian man accused in the attempted bombing of an American passenger airplane has admitted guilt to all charges against him. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab faces a possible sentence of life in prison for the failed attack 2 years ago. His guilty plea comes on the second day of his trial in Detroit Michigan. Abdulmutallab said his actions were meant to answer the killing of innocent Muslims in Yemen, Afghanistan and other countries. He will be sentenced in January.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English coming to you live from Washington.

A man has shot and killed 6 people and wounded 3 others at a haircutting shop in Seal Beach California. Police did not know why the shooting happened. A man was detained as he tried to flee the area in a vehicle. The victims have not yet been identified and it is not clear whether they were customers of the business, workers or people in the area.

The United Nations Security Council has voted to extend the deployment of NATO-led forces to Afghanistan for another year. All 15 Security Council members voted to continue the deployment of the 130,000 troops. The council urged UN member nations to provide more troops, supplies and other resources. And it urged the NATO-led force to speed training of Afghan security forces. All foreign combat troops are expected to leave the country by the end of 2014.

Human rights and Burmese opposition groups say Burma has released about 200 jailed dissidents. But rights groups are saying that number is not enough. The 200 are among 6,000 prisoners from around the country. The government says they are being freed for humanitarian reasons. United Nations human rights investigator Tomas Ojea Quintana says Burmese leaders told him they were concerned about releasing political prisoners. Mr. Quintana told the Reuters news agency that the leaders believed such a release could incite demonstrations. But he noted that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been traveling around Burma since she was freed last year and that there has been no such unrest.

The United Nations says food aid has been transported to more than half of Somalia’s people in need. UN officials reported Wednesday that more than 2 million people in Somalia have received food aid. But they said nearly 2 million more still need urgent aid. And the UN said food in security will likely be a major problem next year. International aid groups are seeking to improve their efforts across southern Somalia. But the UN spokeswoman told VOA on Wednesday that relief agencies are still being slowed by Islamist militants. A militant group al-Shabaab has banned most foreign aid groups from operating in areas under its control.

And finally this hour, leaders of the nations of the British Commonwealth may make changes to the plan for who can become the British royal head of the state. Wednesday British Prime Minister David Cameron said the 16 countries of the Commonwealth will discuss the issue when they meet later this month. He proposed that the rules be changed to permit the first-born daughters of the king or queen to be named ruler. If the rulers changed any first-born child that the newly married prince William and the former Kate Middleton would follow William as ruler. The Commonwealth includes several Caribbean islands and the countries of Canada and Australia and some Pacific islands.

Now, briefly, here again is the major news of the hour read to you in VOA Special English.

Secretary of State Clinton has called the reported plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States in Washington a dangerous escalation in Iran support of terrorism. Libya’s new government says former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Mo’tassim has been detained in the city of Sirte. And a man has shot and killed 6 people and wounded 3 others in Seal Beach California.

And that is the news at this hour in VOA Special English for more news anytime from around the world goto voanews.com for all of the women and men of the Voice of America from reporting from around the world. I’m Christopher Cruise, the VOA news, Washington.

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