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WORLD NEWS - December 1st, 2011

作者:VOA News 发布日期:12-1-2011

我们勤劳的会员“哈哈泰”于2011年12月1日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

1.It is one hour 30 universal time, time for the news in special English. Hillary Clinton has begun a historic visit to Burma. She is the first American Secretary of State to visit the country in 50 years. Mrs. Clinton arrived Wednesday in the Burmese capital Nay Pyi Taw for a three-day visit. She is to meet with Burmese Pres. Taine Sheng Thursday. She will then travel to Rangoon to meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She is expected to urge the country's leaders to end military and nuclear relations with North Korea.

2.Hundreds of thousands of people in Britain are on strike to protest government plans to change the retirement payments for public workers. Labor unions say about 2 million workers went on strike. Most state schools and public transportation systems were closed on Wednesday. Many hospitals were only providing urgent care. Workers from more than 30 unions are protesting the government's plan to cut a 2522685 billion budget deficit. The government wants to cut retirement payments and reduce other costs. The government says it can no longer pay for the current retirement system.

3.Britain has ordered the immediate closure of the Iranian Embassy in London. It also has closed the British Embassy in Tehran. Foreign secretary William Hague announced the decision in parliament Wednesday. He said Iranian diplomats have been told to leave Britain within 48 hours. Mr. Hague said this does not mean his country is cutting off all ties with Iran. But he said the action reduces diplomatic relations with Iran to the lowest level possible. Tuesday protesters raided British embassy buildings in Iran. Islamists had gathered near the buildings to protest British sanctions on Iran.

4.Cable television operators in Pakistan have begun blocking the BBC's international news television channel BBC world news. The cable companies said they remove the channel after the BBC showed a program a few weeks ago called secret Pakistan. The program questions whether the country truly wants to fight the Taliban. It said the Pakistani military helped the Taliban and Al Qaeda at the same time that it was promising Western nations, but it was fighting the militants. Pakistani military officials call the program baseless.

5.Syria says it has released 912 prisoners who were involved in what it calls the latest events. but Syria said they were not linked to what it called murders resulting from recent violence in the country. Separately, the Syrian Observatory for human rights says Syrian forces have entered a village in Barat province. At least six civilians and seven Syrian troops have been killed. The group told VOA that clashes began in the village of dell as security forces arrived. He said witnesses heard aloud an explosion as army vehicles were blown up. Also on Wednesday, Turkey said it would stop all financial dealings with Syria. And it said it has restricted all the Syrian government's money and property. It also bans the shipment of weapons to Syria.

6.Egyptian officials say they will announce results of the first part of parliamentary elections on Thursday, one day later than planned. The officials did not provide a reason for the delay. Earlier Wednesday Egypt's Muslim brotherhood said it was leading in the voting. The group said the large number of people who voted is a sign that Egyptians want a civilian government. Egypt's military chiefs praised the first part of parliamentary elections as a success. The chief said the large number of voters meant that protesters in Cairo's Toprear Square and other demonstrators do not represent most Egyptians.

7.You are listening to the news in VOA special English.

8.The world major central banks acted together Wednesday in an effort to support the international financial system. The announcement led to a sharp rise in stock prices on many markets. The joint action involves the United States Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the central banks in Japan Canada and Switzerland. They all said that starting next Monday. They are reducing the cost of temporary loans in American dollars. The move is aimed at increasing help European banks dealing with the continent's debt crisis. Central banks also hope to increase economic activity throughout the world.

9.Supporters of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Barbeau say they will boycott upcoming elections. They are angry that Mr. Barbeau has been sent to the international criminal court to face charges of crimes against humanity. Leaders of Mr. Barbeau's political party say sending him to the ICC was wrong. The party and two other pro-Barbeau parties say they will withdraw from unity efforts in Ivory Coast.

10.Finally, this news police in Los Angeles California and Philadelphia Pennsylvania have closed camps of the occupy Wall Street protesters. More than 200 people were arrested in Los Angeles. About 50 were arrested in Philadelphia. In Los Angeles early Wednesday, many demonstrators left the camp. They had set up more than 1000 police officers moved through the camps Near City Hall. Protesters had been there for eight weeks. In the eastern city of Philadelphia protesters began a March through the city after their camp was close. Fifty-five people were arrested during that March.

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

12.Hillary Clinton is in Burma in the first visit of an American Secretary of State to that country in 50 years. She arrived Wednesday in Nay Pyi Taw for a three-day visit. Hundreds of thousands of people in Britain are on strike to protest government plans to change retirement pay for public workers. And Syria says it has released more than 900 prisoners who were involved in what it calls the latest events. and that's the news in VOA special English from Washington.

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