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WORLD NEWS - October 24th, 2011

作者:八月捕蝉 发布日期:10-24-2011


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

A powerful earthquake in southeast Turkey has killed at least 138 people, and injured 350 others. Emergency workers continued to search the wreckage for survivors. The 7.2 earthquake shook Van province in the middle of the day on Sunday. Several strong smaller earthquakes followed. Turkish officials say Ercis is the most affected town. Officials say many buildings, hotels and a university housing center has been destroyed. Similar destruction is reported in the city of Van. The earthquake also cut electric power in many areas. The United States and other countries have offered assistance to Turkey.

Libya ' s new leaders have officially declared the country liberated from Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule. Tens of thousands of people gathered in the eastern city of Benghazi for the public announcement. National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil spoke to the crowd. He urged all Libyans to reject hatred as they began to rebuild the country. Mr. Jalil also said that new legislation will be based on Islamic law. Benghazi was the center of the rebellion that began in February. It ended Thursday with Moammar Gadhafi's death in Sirte. Rights group has called for an investigation into his death. Libyan officials have said he was shot to death during fighting between his forces and NTC forces. However, some video recordings reportedly show opposition fighters beating the wounded man shortly before he died. The United States and European Union have praised the Libyan temporary government's defloration of liberation. But they also urged the new rulers to respect human rights as they moved towards democratic reform of Libya. President Obama called for all armed groups to be brought together under a unified civilian leadership. And he said weapons of war need to be dealt with safely. EU leaders released the statement from Brussels, Belgium. It said the EU looks forward to the launch of democratic, peaceful and opened change of government. The statement also repeated offers of EU support in rebuilding the country.

Tunisia is holding its first democratic election. Tunisia voters are expressing excitement and pride at the chance to choose from many candidates. The election commission said almost 70% of Tunisia's listed voters had already entered their ballots several hours before the voting stations closed. More than 100 political parties have candidates in Sunday's election. Observers think the Islamist Party Ennahdha will win the biggest chair of vote, but will not win a majority. The party is already in talks to form collations.

The European Union has threatened Syria with more restrictions if it continues its military campaign against the centers. EU leaders said they are discussing additional and stronger measures against Syria. The EU also again called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign. He has ruled for 11 years. The EU already has bared crude oil imports from Syria and banned European investment in the country's oil industry. Earlier Sunday, Mr. al-Assad replaced the governors in two provinces that there had months of protests against his rule.

Reports from Yemen say gunfire killed at least 2 people during a protest in Sana'a Sunday. Several others reportedly were wounded. The demonstrators were demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh resign. Yemeni medical officials say 12 people were killed in clashes in Sana'a Saturday. The fighting was among supporters of president Saleh, dissident soldiers and tribe forces.

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

Studies of voters in Argentina suggested President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will easily win re-election in general election Sunday. Six other candidates are also seeking the presidency. Studies of people and voting stations show president Fernández will win more than 50% of the votes. She was first elected president in 2007. Votes in Argentina are also choosing members of lower house of Congress and the Senate.

Officials in Thailand are working to protect Bangkok from floodwaters that have severely damaged central provinces in the country. The governor of Bangkok says flood defend systems are in placed, but he says even more water has headed toward the capital from the north. The flooding began in northern Thailand in August at least 356 people have been killed. The floods also have forced more than 110 thousand Thais to leave their homes for safer areas. Flooding around the west of Southeast Asia has killed hundreds more people. Economists estimated the economy damages at 6 billion dollars and rising.

Iran says it has recovered the bodies of six Indian oil workers who drown in person gulf Thursday. The workers were trapped in a diving vehicle at oil field when their support ship sunk. Iranian officials say rescue workers saved 60 of 73 people on the ship. Seven other workers are still missing. The ship was used for putting pipelines in place. It is unclear why it sunk.

The Obama administration says Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Saudi Arabia to offer sympathies for the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz. Several other American officials will travel with Mr. Biden. Crown Prince Sultan was a half-brother to Saudi king Abdullah. President Obama offered his personal sympathies in a telephone call to the king. Mr. Obama praised Crown Prince Sultan who he said help build strong relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

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

A powerful earthquake in southeast Turkey has killed at least 138 people, another 350 people are injured.

The temporary leaders of Libya have officially declared the country's freedom from 42-year-rule of Moammar Gadhafi.

And Tunisia is holding its first democratic election.

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


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