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WORLD NEWS - May 17th, 2012

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  1. It is 23 hours 30 universal time, and here is the news in special English.
  2. The trial of former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic started Wednesday at a United Nations court in The Hague. The former army general faces 11 charges including genocide war crimes and crimes against humanity. He is accused of ordering the killing of about 8000 men and boys near the Bosnian city of Srebrenica. * a lawyer for the court said the former general wanted to punish anyone who was not an ethnic Serb. They were loaded in groups of * into a bus, a bus was driven to a field that has were forced oil as they could see the bodies of those killed before the they were murdered as they left the bus. Former Liberian President Charles Taylor spoke to judges Wednesday about those who suffered during Sierra Leone's deadly civil war. But he did not apologize for crimes carried out by rebels he armed in exchange for diamonds from Sierra Leone. Mr. Taylor spoke before the United Nations supported special court for Sierra Leone in the Hague. As I have done before my time had to again here and I express my sadness and because civil for atrocities and crimes that were so for the by individuals and families. * spoke to the court for 20 min. The court plans to sentence him on May 30. Last month he was convicted of crimes against humanity. His lawyers have rejected calls for an 80 year jail sentence in a British prison. They say the sentence is too severe.
  3. Syrian activists say government shelling and gunfire killed at least nine people in Syria Wednesday. A rights group says five of the deaths happened in the northwestern town of * after security forces launched raids in the area. On Tuesday, Syrian forces reportedly shot and killed at least 20 mourners at a funeral in *. Also on Tuesday, the vehicle of United Nations observers visiting * were damaged by a bomb. Six observers were visiting the town. It is not known who was responsible for the explosion. Separately, Syrian President Bishara Assad said Wednesday that his forces have captured and killed foreign fighters. He told the Russian 24 television station that his government will show the mercenaries to the world. Russia is an important supporter of the Syrian military.
  4. Greece has sworn in a judge as the country's new temporary Prime Minister Council of State. President * was appointed Wednesday after the country's major political parties failed to form a coalition government. Parliamentary elections earlier this month did not give any political party a majority. Mr. * will be responsible for organizing a new election to be held on June 17. Experts say that election is also unlikely to produce a Parliament with the majority party. But they say a coalition opposed to major spending cuts has gained enough support to have a major influence. This could create problems between Greece and the European Union which wants the country to reduce its debt.
  5. You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.
  6. Russian police raided an opposition protest in a park in central Moscow on Wednesday. 20 protesters who police said refused to leave the area were arrested. A court had ordered police to end the demonstration by the middle of the day Wednesday. The raid brought a quick end to the country's first occupy like demonstration. The protest was launched last week after Pres. Vladimir Putin was sworn in for a new term. Some Russians say there was cheating in the election that returned Mr. Putin to the presidency. A change to the Constitution permits a Russian President to stay in office for a second six-year term. That means Mr. Putin could be president until 2024.
  7. Chinese activist * says he and his family have completed passport application. He says Chinese officials have told him that his travel documents could be ready by the end of the month. Mr. * spoke to VOA Wednesday from his hospital room in Beijing. He has been there for two weeks recovering from injuries he suffered during his escape from house arrest last month. Mr. * said passport photographs were taken and that the application forms were brought to his hospital room by local security officials. This is the first act by the Chinese government on Mr. Chen's request for approval to leave China. Government officials agreed earlier this month to let him travel to the United States to study at New York University.
  8. The worst flooding in more than 100 years has hit the Brazilian city of Manaus. More than 1 million people live in Manaus which is the largest city in the state of *. Weeks of heavy rain caused the * grow to reach its highest flood levels since 1902 when information was first recorded. There are no reports of deaths or injuries at this time.
  9. Finally, the price of oil in New York reached its lowest level since last November on Wednesday. And in London, the price of oil dropped to its lowest level in almost 4 months. Experts say the political crisis in Greece is affecting oil prices. They say economic problems in Europe could reduce the demand for oil. The United States government also says the country's oil supplies are now at their highest level in 22 years.
  10. Now briefly here again is the major news for this hour. The trial of Ratko Mladic has begun in The Hague the former Bosnian Serb commander is charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has told judges he has deep sympathy for those who suffered during Sierra Leone's deadly civil war, but he did not apologize. And Syrian activists say government shelling and gunfire killed at least nine people across the country on Wednesday. That's the news in VOA special English coming to you from Washington.

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