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WORLD NEWS - November 7th, 2011

作者:UNSV英语学习频道 发布日期:11-7-2011

It is 00:30 universal time, and here is the news in Special English.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has agreed to resign. His decision came following a meeting with opposition leader Antonis Samaras of the New Democracy Party. A short-term coalition government is to lead temporarily. Its main goal will be to reach an agreement with the European Union on a new plan to help Greece with its debt crisis. All sides will meet again Monday to decide who will lead the new coalition, but Mr. Papandreou is not among the possible nominees.

Officials in Iraq say 3 bombs have exploded in a market in Baghdad, killing at least 8 people , 20 people were reported wounded. The bombs exploded in the market area in the central part of the capital as people prepared for the Eid-Al-Adha Muslim holiday. The attacks took place hours after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged security forces to tighten security.

Syrian security forces killed at least 13 anti-government protesters Sunday. Most of the deaths happened in the central city of Homs. It is the fifth day of what anti-government activists describe as “a military campaign” against the city. Homs is considered the center of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. Days earlier, the Syrian government had agreed to an Arab League Plan to end its attacks on protesters. The Prime Minister of Qatar called for a meeting of the Arab League next Saturday to discuss Syria’s failure to keep that agreement.

A suicide bomber in northern Afghanistan has killed 7 people in an attack near an Islamic religious center. A second attacker was captured before he could explode his bomb. At least 18 people were also hurt in the attack. It happened as people were leaving a service at a mosque in Baghlan city, the capital of Baghlan Province. The attack took place following prayers marking the start of the Eid-Al-Adha holiday.

Officials in Saudi Arabia say more than 2.5 million Muslims have traveled to Mecca this year. The Hajj religious observance is required by all Muslims who are physically and financially able to make the trip. The Saudi city of Mecca is the birthplace of Islam’s main holy person Muhammed. On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Muslims gathered near another holy city Mina to throw stones in another religious observance. Saudi Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz said nearly 2 million foreigners had arrived in the country by Friday. He said they came from 183 nations.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Officials in Thailand say the number of dead from floods in the country is now at 506. The official say it is the worst flooding in Thailand in 50 years. They say waters now threaten Bangkok’s largest outdoor market area and the city’s underground train system. Officials order people to leave 10 of the city’s 50 districts. Partial evacuations were ordered in 5 other districts, but many people have chosen to stay, to protect their homes and businesses. Bangkok has a population of 12 million.

The heads of China’s main internet and technology companies have agreed to help the government control online material. The official Xinhua News Agency says the business leaders agreed to stop what they called the spread of harmful information on the web. The agreement was reached after a 3-day government meeting with leaders of internet companies like Alibaba, Baidu and Sina. Xinhua says the companies agreed to resolutely limit information considered harmful by the state. China’s state internet information office held the meeting. Chinese information technology minister Mao Wei said internet companies must also increase their investment in technology that tracks online activity.

More than 100 Nigerians have been killed in a series of attacks blamed on Muslim extremists. Boko Haram gunmen targeted police stations, religious centers, and army base in small towns in nothern Nigeria Friday. It was one of the deadliest days in Boko Haram’s campaign to establish a Muslim state in the northern part of the country. The violence has been condemned by the United Nations Security Council and the leader of the Catholic church Pope Benedict.

At least 20 Zimbabweans have been hurt in an attack at a political gathering in Harari. The crowd had met in support of Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. His Movement for Democratic Change Party had organized the gathering, but young people began to throw rocks. The attack forced organizers to end the event. Mr. Tsvangirai was to speak to the crowd. The attackers were said to belong to the ZANU-PF Party of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.

Voters in Nicaragua are choosing a President. President Daniel Ortega is expected to win reeletion. He would be the first President to serve a second straight term since the country’s revolution in 1979. A recent public opinion study shows Mr. Ortega leading his closest competitor by 18 percentage points.

Guatemalans are also choosing a new President. The latest public opinion studies show Otto Perez Molina of the conservative Patriotic Party with a strong lead. He is competing against Manuel Baldizon of the Democratic Freedom Revival Party. Mr. Perez won the highest number of votes in the first election in September, and Mr. Baldizon came in second. However, Mr. Perez did not receive enough votes to take office. The new Guatemalan President will take office in January.

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

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has agreed to resign. A coalition government is to lead the country temporarily. At least 8 people were killed in Baghdad Sunday, when bombs exploded at a market in the Iraqi capital. And officials in Saudi Arabia say more than 2.5 million Muslims have travelled to Mecca for the Hajj this year.

And that’s the news in VOA Special English coming your way from Washington.

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