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WORLD NEWS - November 21st, 2011

作者:UNSV英语学习频道 发布日期:11-21-2011

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

In Spain, the opposition Popular Party has won parliamentary elections. Most of the votes have been counted. The Popular Party is expected to take 187 seats in parliament, that is a gain of 32. The election ends the 8-year rule of the Socialist Party. That group will now hold only 110 seats, a loss of 59. Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy will be Spain’s next Prime Minister. In a victory speech, he warned citizens not to expect any miracles. Spain is fighting to avoid a recession. The unemployment rate is 21.5%.

Egyptian medical workers say security forces have killed at least 3 anti-government protesters. Police fired tear-gas and used police sticks against thousands of anti-government protesters in Cairo. Many protesters are angry about constitutional guidelines proposed by the current military rulers of Egypt. They are suggesting that future civilian leaders should not supervise some military activities. Protesters also have criticized the current leaders for putting civilian dissidents on trial in military courts. Similar protests are happening in other Egyptian cities, including Alexandria and Suez. The government held an emergency meeting Sunday. Officials said parliamentary elections set for November 28th will take place as planned.

Libya ’s new leaders say they will try Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam in Libya. They said Sunday they would not send him to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, for he is charged with crimes against humanity. They also announced the capture of Muammar Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi. He is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity. They said Mr. Senussi was detained Sunday in the southern desert. A day earlier, militiamen seized Saif al-Islam nearby. Libyan officials said the two men would be given a fair trial in Libya.

Syrian activists say small bombs were launched at a ruling Baath Party building in Damascus Sunday. The activists and witnesses reported explosions in the center of the Syrian capital. The reports have not been confirmed. The Free Syrian Army, a group of dissident soldiers based in Turkey, claimed responsibility. If confirmed, it would be the first such attack on a government building in the Syrian capital since the anti-government uprising began in March. Egypt’s state news agency reported Sunday that the 22-member Arab League will meet again Thursday to discuss the Syrian crisis. The League suspended Syria’s membership earlier this month.

Somalia ’s Defense Minister has confirmed that Ethiopian troops are in his country to fight the Al-Shabaab rebel group. Hussein Arab Isse says the Somali government welcomes anyone in the fight against Al-Shabaab. He said Ethiopian forces will share information and will work with Somali government forces. Mr. Isse spoke to VOA. People in central Somalia reported they saw Ethiopian military vehicles moving into the country on Saturday and Sunday. Ethiopia has denied sending its forces across the border. Last month, Kenya sent troops into Somalia to fight Al-Shabaab. Kenya has accused Al-Shabaab fighters of crossing into Kenya territory from Somalia and kidnapping several foreigners.

South Sudanese rebel leader George Athor Deng says peace talks with the ruling party has ended. Mr. Athor spoke with reporters in Nairobi Sunday. He said the ruling party of South Sudan President Salva Kiir had failed to meet the demands of his South Sudanese Democratic Movement. The rebel leader said the demands included new elections and choosing a supervisor to enforce any future peace deal. Mr. Athor was once a general in what is now South Sudan’s army. He rebelled against the South Sudan government last year after he lost the election for governor of the southern Jonglei state.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has led a religious service in Benin. At least 50,000 Roman Catholics attended the service at a sports center in Cotonou, the country’s largest city. Pope Benedict spoke about a new guiding document he signed the day before. It contained ideas from African church leaders on how to deal with conflict, poverty and corruption. The service came at the end of the Pope’s 3-day visit to Benin.

President Obama returned home Sunday from a 9-day visit to Asian nations. Mr. Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met Saturday in Indonesia. Administration officials say the meeting dealt with economic issues including the free-flow of sea transport in South China Sea. Mr. Wen warned against outside interference in ongoing disputes there. Several Asian nations including Vietnam and Philippines, as well as China, claim parts of the South China Sea’s shipping areas.

The Obama administration is holding a movie event at the White House for American military families. Officials will present a special showing of the new movie “The Muppets” to service members and their children. Some of the muppets will attend, including Kermit the Frog. Actor Jason Segel who stars in the movie will also take part. The movie showing is the latest in a series of events at the White House for military families.

In news from Hollywood, the latest movie in the “Twilight Saga” series has sold more than 280 million dollars in tickets since Friday. “Breaking Dawn” was released throughout the United States and in 54 other countries. The movie sold an estimated 140 million dollars in tickets in America, and 144 million overseas. The film’s distributor says about 80% of ticket buyers were female.

Briefly, here again is the major news. The opposition Popular Party in Spain has won parliamentary elections, ending the 8-year rule of the Socialist Party. Egyptian medical workers say security forces have killed at least 3 anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo. And officials in Libya say they have captured the country’s former intelligence chief.

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

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