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WORLD NEWS - March 30th, 2012

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It is 00:30 universal time. Here now the news in VOA Special English. I’m Christopher Curies reporting live from Washington.

Violence across Syria has killed at least 36 people, almost half of them soldiers. Syrian State media said militants kidnapped an Air Force general near Damascus and gunmen shot and killed two army colonels in the northern city of Aleppo. The state news agency blamed “armed terrorists groups” for the violence. The news agency uses those words to describe soldiers who have left the army and members of the opposition Free Syrian Army. Separately, Arab leaders gathered in Iraq Thursday to discuss the crisis in Syria. They supported a peace plan set force by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. It calls for a cease-fire and talks between the Syrian government and opposition. It does not call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave office.

The Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS has given Mali’s military leaders three days to restore democracy to the country. If they do not, they will face economic restrictions and travel bans. The ECOWAS commission’s president announced the measures Thursday in every cost. He said the borders of Mali could be closed and its money been held in the West African central bank could be restricted. Earlier in the day a group of West African Presidents canceled plans to meet with Mali’s rebel leaders. Following reports protests in the country. The leaders worry at expected to press for a deal to reestablish constitutional rule. And an advisor to Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara said the president’s airplane entered Malian airspace but turned around because protesters were on the air field. Diplomats say the other presidents also canceled their plans to attend the talks.

Spanish workers have launched a 24-hour general strike to protest the government’s labor reforms and possible cost cutting measures. Protests in Madrid effected public transportation and factories. They also delayed flights into and out of Spain. The Interior ministry said at least 58 demonstrators were arrested. Most of them were for attempting to block bus service. Nine people were reported injured in clashes between demonstrators and police. Spanish labor unions opposed the policies of the country’s three-month-old conservative government, especially its changes in labor rules. Those new rules give companies power to dismiss workers and cut their wages. Spain’s economy is struggling. The job is rate of 23-percent is the highest in the 27-nation European Union.

Leaders from the world’s five largest developing economies have ended their one-day meeting. The leaders of Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa met in New Delhi on Thursday. They said there is a need for a more representative international financial system. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the five countries are moving closer to starting a development bank. The money for the bank would be provided by the five countries and other developing nations. At the meeting, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the world financial system needs to be reformed. He said it does not recognize the importance of the five countries.

You’re listening to the news in VOA Special English live from Washington.

A group of NATO supply vehicles was attacked in the western Afghanistan late Wednesday. Afghan officials say at least five Afghan security guards, an Afghan soldier and 14 of attackers were killed. Some reports said at least 28 militants were killed in the fighting. The official say the fire-fighting in Farah province went on four hours after a surprise attack by a large group of militants. Separately, NATO said two of the service members died in southern Afghanistan Thursday. In the statement, a NATO official said one coalition soldier was killed in the bomb explosion. It said the other died because they are non-battle related injury.

The media rights Reporters Without Borders says Chinese officials are threatening to torture people who tell about the situation in Tibet. In a statement Thursday, the group said the policy is in forced by Chinese officials in a Gan Lho Tibetan of Autonomous Prefecture in the northwestern province of Gansu. It says police have placed notices in public areas that promise beatings and torture for those who release information. Reporters Without Borders says the goal of the torture is to terrorize those who tell about what equals the government repressive policies against Tibetans. The group says China’s actions violent at international treaty on torture and other cruel punishment. It has asked the United Nations to investigate the threats.

Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency has arrested two of the world’s richest businessmen. The brothers are suspected buying the political influence of government officials and act that is called bribery. Thomas and Raymond Kwok are billionaires and Hong Kong’s biggest land developers. They have built some of the most famous tall buildings in the city. The two men as a former top government official were detained for questioning Thursday but they were not charged.

And finally this hour. The American bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs died of natural causes on Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee. He is best-known for his different style of playing musical instrument the banjo. His music helped shape what is known today is country music. He won four Grammy Award during his musical career. Earl Scruggs was 88 years old.

And now briefly, here again is the major news of the hour in VOA Special English.

Violence across Syria has killed at least 36 people, almost half of them soldiers. Leaders of a group of West African countries had given Mali’s military leaders three days to restore democracy to the country a face many restrictions. And leaders from the world’s five largest developing economies have called for a more representative international financial system.

And that’s the news of this hour in VOA Special English. I’m Christopher Curies reporting in Washington.

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