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WORLD NEWS - Nov 14th, 2011

作者:UNSV英语学习频道 发布日期:11-14-2011

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

Supporters of the Syrian government gathered in the country’s major cities Sunday. It was the second day of protests against the Arab League’s decision to suspend Syria for continuing its attacks on the opposition. Syrian state television showed large pro-government crowds in Damascus, Aleppo and other cities. Many of the demonstrators waved Syrian flags and held pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Saturday, 18 of 22 members of the Arab League voted to suspend Syria. It said the suspension would began Wednesday if the government continues to refuse to talk to the opposition and continues its attacks on them. Syria has called for another meeting of the Arab League before Wednesday.

Israel is demanding stronger international action against Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to his government Sunday about a United Nations’ report released last week. The International Atomic Energy Agency report said there is dependable evidence of Iranian efforts to design a nuclear weapon. Mr. Netanyahu said the report proves Iran is developing nuclear weapons. He said there are two ways for the international community to stop that. He said it must first use financial and political restrictions or military attacks.

In Italy, the new Prime Minister Mario Monti says he will work quickly to form a new government. He spoke shortly after he was named to the office by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. Mr. Monti is an economist and served as the European Union’s Competition Commissioner. He says Italy must heal its finances and restart growth. EU leaders have been pressuring Italy to cut public spending to deal with its debts.

In Pakistan, officials say a bomb explosion in the northwest has killed 6 people. The bomb exploded in the market area of the town of Mastak. Separately, 21 people were killed in Pakistan’s southern Sindh Province Sunday when a car and a bus collided.

The United States government has apologized to former Indian President Abdul Kalam for searching him at the airport. The search happened on September 29th, after Mr. Kalam had entered an Air India flight at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Reports say security officers entered the plane and searched Mr. Kalam. They then took his coat and shoes for an additional search. The American Embassy in the Indian Capital New Delhi released an apology statement about the search. It said the security officers did not follow methods for dealing with government officials, and that the Unites States is working to prevent similar incidents in the future.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Burma ’s government-controlled human rights group has urged the new President to release political prisoners or send them to prisons close to their families. Burma’s state-run newspapers published a letter Sunday from the national human rights commission chairman to the country’s President. The letter praised the release of more than 6000 prisoners on October 11th, but it said only 200 of them were political prisoners. Burma is believed to be holding about 2000 political prisoners.

A British aid agency has withdrawn 22 workers from the Upper Nile area of South Sudan. The withdrawal comes after several days of increased violence. Oxfam said Saturday that its workers reported hearing bombings and heavy artillery fire near the Sudan border. Oxfam said engineers and health workers who provide clean water and sanitation to more than 60,000 people have been moved away from the border area.

Liberia ’s top opposition leader wants President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s re-election to be cancelled. Winston Tubman said a new election should be held within a month. He says there was cheating during Tuesday’s vote. He said he would not recognize President Sirleaf’s win, and he says lawyers for his Congress for Democratic Change Party are investigating ways to challenge the election. A day earlier he had said he was willing to work with Mrs. Sirleaf and her Unity Party.

Equatorial Guineans have voted on proposed changes to their country’s constitution. The changes would limit the number of terms of President can serve to 2 terms. The proposal also would remove an age restriction for the presidency, and it calls for the formation of a vice-presidency. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema’s government says the changes would provide better supervision of the presidential administration, but critics say the changes would increase the power of the President. Mr. Obiang have been President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979.

In Brazil, police have taken control of a large area where many poor people live in Rio de Janeiro. Illegal drug dealers have operated in the area for many years. Police invaded the Rocinha slum early Sunday morning. It is the largest slum in the city about 100,000 people live there. It is built on a hill near some of Rio’s richest areas. Its location near the center of the city has made it one of Rio’s main illegal drug centers.

Police in Portland Oregon have forced protesters to leave a city park. The protesters say they will continue their demonstrations in another park of the city. They had rejected an order to leave the park at the end of Saturday. Hundreds of them had been there since October. The protesters are linked to the Occupy Wall Street demonstration. They are demanding economic justice and an end to wrong doing by banks and big businesses.

Briefly, here again is the major news.Syrian government supporters gathered in the country’s major cities Sunday to protest the Arab League’s decision to suspend Syria. Israel is demanding international action against Iran’s nuclear program. And in Italy, the new Prime Minister says he will work quickly to form a new government.

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

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