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WORLD NEWS - March 2nd, 2012

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  1. It is zero hours 30 universal time, time for the news in Special English.
  2. Syria and rebel fighters say they have withdrawn from Obama Ombre neighborhood in the city of Homs. Syrian security forces have been attacking the area for the past month. The rebels are calling themselves Obama Ombre Revolutionary Brigades. They said they are leaving in the hopes that the attacks on Obama Ombre will stop. About 4000 civilians have stayed in their Homs in Obama Ombre. Separately, French President Nicholas said two French reporters who had been trapped in Obama Ombre are now safe in Lebanon. Mr. * spoke during a visit to Brussels. He said he talked on the phone with the reporter working for the newspaper Figaro that a reporter and a photographer were the last of the surviving journalists to escape the area.
  3. The iranians are getting ready to vote Friday in a parliamentary election. The reformist opposition has boycotted the election, so the contest is between conservatives who support or oppose President Mahmoud. Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali has asked that many people vote in the election. He says high number of voters would defy Iran's enemies meaning Western powers that have been putting restrictions on Iran's economy. Many reformist leaders have been put in jail or blocked from campaigning. They have called on Iranians to boycott the election.
  4. NATO says two of its service members have been shot dead in southern Afghanistan. The alliance said the attackers were two Afghans. One of whom is believed to be a soldier. The shooting is the most recent of several incidents against NATO service members by Afghan troops. Six service members were killed in the past week.
  5. The international criminal court on Thursday ordered the arrest of Sudan's defense minister Abdul Rahim Mohammed Hussein. The court said Mr. Hussein is wanted on 41 charges of war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The charges include murder, rape, torture, destruction of property and attacks against civilians. Sudanese officials dismissed the order Thursday. They say they do not plan to give Mr. Hussein to ICCO officials. Sudan does not recognize the court. The court has also ordered the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir.
  6. The United States has strongly condemned an air attack against South Sudan's oil wells. The attacks have been blamed on Sunday. But a spokesperson for Sudan's military denied his country was responsible for the attacks. In a statement Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Newland said such air attacks violate international law. She said the United States demands that the Sudanese government end them. Ms. Newland also said that South Sudan must end any military support for rebels to the north.
  7. You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.
  8. Cambodia officials have blamed the mayor of the small town as a suspect in the shooting of three factory workers. The workers were wounded last week and the Taliban that while they were protesting for higher pay and better working conditions. Witnesses say the suspect step out of the car pulled out a handgun and fired on a crowd of more than 1000 protesters. Interior Minister Saar Came confirmed to reporters in Phnom Penh Thursday. That * was the suspect, but police say the court has not yet ordered Mr. Bond it to be arrested.
  9. New requests for unemployment systems in the United States continue to fall. The government said Thursday that 351,000 workers made their first request for assistance last week. This is 2000 less than a week before. The new report is a sign of an improving labor market. However, around 13 million American workers remain unemployed. Many of them have been on employed for a long period of time.
  10. Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chavez says he is recovering quickly from a medical operation in Cuba. The surgery removed tissue that might be cancer. Mr. Chavez spoke Thursday in a telephone call from Havana to Venezuelan national television. He said he has been walking and is eating healthy he has been in Cuba since Friday. Mr. Chavez is campaigning for reelection later this year.
  11. Passengers from the disabled Italian cruise ship are finally on dry land. Coastal Allegre arrived dataport in the Seychelles Islands Thursday. More than 1000 people on the ship had been floating for three days in the Indian Ocean without electricity or communication systems. A French fishing boat pulled the ship to the Seychelles. Members are the Italian Navy was also on the ship to protect it from attack. Somali gunmen have carried out a series of attacks on ships in waters where the coastal Allegre lost power.
  12. Finally, this news European scientists have found new information about the Iceman. A man who died over 5000 years ago and whose body was found frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991. Scientists say the Iceman was at risk of heart disease, even though he was active and not overweight. Researchers say this information shows that heart disease existed thousands of years ago, and cannot be linked only to the modern lifestyle. They also say the Iceman had problems drinking milk and that he had the earliest known case of a bacterial infection called Lyme disease. Scientists at the European Academy for mommies and the iceman published the details of the Iceman's DNA in the Journal Natural Communication.
  13. Briefly here again is the major news at this hour. Syrian rebel fighters say they have withdrawn from Obama Ombre neighborhood in the city of Homs. The iranians are getting ready to vote in a parliamentary election. And the international criminal court has ordered the arrest of Sudan's defense minister. That's the news in VOA special English coming your way from Washington.

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