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WORLD NEWS - Nov 28th, 2011

发布日期:11-28-2011

Here is the news in VOA Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise reporting from the VOA News Center in Washington.

The Arab League has approved economic restrictions against Syria. Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani said 19 of the 22 members voted to approve the restrictions. He said Iraq and Lebanon did not vote. The measures include suspending all business with Syria's central bank. They also bar Syrian leaders from using money and property which they hold in other Arab states. And the measures included travel ban on top Syrian officials, and an end to Arab investments and trade with Syria.

Afghan officials say NATO and Afghan forces were attacked near the Pakistani border on Saturday. The officials say those forces called for NATO airstrikes as a result. Twenty-four Pakistani soldiers on two Pakistani army bases were killed in the airstrikes. The Afghan officials spoke on condition that they not be named their report conflicts with Pakistan's report. That report said NATO attacked the bases without incitement.

Egypt 's military ruler is warning of extremely serious consequences if unrest in the country does not end quickly. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi said the ruling military council, in his words, will not allow trouble makers to interfere in a parliamentary vote set to begin Monday. He said, "the country can choose either successful elections leading Egypt towards safety, or face dangerous barriers that the armed forces", he said, "will not allow".

Yemeni Vice President Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi has named opposition leader Mohammed Basindwa as the new prime minister. Mr. Basindwa is to form a new unity government as part of a plan negotiated last week by the Gulf Cooperation Council. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to surrender power to Mr. Hadi so the country can move toward democracy.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his country's forces will soon take charge of security in more than half of Afghanistan. The president released the statement Sunday. He said six provinces, seven cities and many districts will soon be under the control of Afghan security forces. Most of them are in the country's north and west.

A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced five pro-democracy activists to prison. They will serve 2 to 3-year term. The activists were arrested in April. The Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi found them guilty of criticizing UAE leaders in public, and calling for protests in Internet statements.

Iran 's parliament has voted to reduce diplomatic and economic ties with Britain. A majority of lawmakers voted Sunday to force the British ambassador to leave Iran within two weeks. Iran's Guardians Council must approve the legislation before it can become law. The vote is Iran's answer to British support for new American efforts to pressure Iran to end its nuclear program. Earlier this month, Britain said it would work with the United States and Canada against Iran.

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

The chief negotiator forming a government in Belgium says that government may be established this week. Elio Di Rupo said Sunday, there is still a lot of work to do and many issues to settle. But he said the country's six political parties reached an agreement on a budget for next year. There has not been a permanent government in Belgium for a year and a half. That is a record in the history of the modern world.

A meeting between Indian and Chinese diplomats has been cancelled. Indian officials said China opposed plans for the Dalai Lama to speak in the Indian capital, New Delhi. Officials say India has refused China's request to cancel the Dalai Lama's speech. Diplomats from the two countries were to begin meeting on Monday to discuss border issues.

In Morocco, the Justice and Development Party has won the most seats in the parliamentary election held Friday. PJD candidates will hold 107 seats in the 395-seat assembly. The party will lead the country's first-ever coalition government. The new government will have to work with King Mohammed who still holds the most power.

There has been deadly violence linked to elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least three people were reported killed Saturday in the capital, Kinshasa, as supporters of the president and his opponents clashed. But reports say the capital was calm on Sunday. The header of the electoral commission says the country will be ready to vote Monday. He says voting materials have arrived at ballot stations. Congolese citizens will choose a president and lawmakers.

The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accepted the ruling party's nomination to run for president in elections to be held in March. Mr. Putin left office in 2008 after serving two years as president and became prime minister. He has said if he is again elected president he would name the current President Dmitry Medvedev to be his prime minister.

Thousands of German police removed anti-nuclear protesters blocking train tracks on Sunday. The protesters were trying to stop a train that is carrying nuclear waste from France to a storage area in northern Germany. The shipment is expected to arrive at the storage area later Sunday or Monday.

And finally of this hour. British Royal Air Force helicopter pilot Prince William has joined the effort to find and rescue the Russian crew of a ship that sank in the Irish Sea. Two rescued crew members were found holding on to a small rescue boat Sunday. They were brought up to the safety of a helicopter co-piloted by William. Five other crew members are missing, another has been confirmed died.

Now briefly here again is the major news of the hour.

The Arab League has approved economic restrictions against Syria. Afghan officials say NATO and Afghan forces were attacked near the Pakistani border. Before they called for the airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. And Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his country's forces will soon take charge of security in more than half of Afghanistan.

There's news from around the world any time at voanews.com. And that's the news in VOA Special English, I'm Christopher Cruise in Washington.

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