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WORLD NEWS - May 30th, 2012

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  1. It is 22 hours 30 universal time and here is the news in special English.
  2. International peace diplomat Kofi Anna appealed to Syrian President Assad to take what he called bold steps now to push the UN peace plan forward. A UN spokesman said the diplomat told the Syrian leader of the concern of other countries about the violence. That includes the killing of more than 100 people last week in Hula. The victims include women and children. Mr. Annan said the Syrian president also condemns the killings on Tuesday. The UN human rights official said UN observers found fewer than 20 of the victims in Hula were killed by heavy guns. Witnesses told observers that most victims were executed in their homes by pro-government militiamen. Several countries have reacted by asking Syrian diplomats to leave.
  3. In Turkey, the health ministry says the government is preparing a measure to reduce the number of abortions. The announcement comes days after Prime Minister * compared the surgical operations to murder. He also criticized Syrian berths on method doctors used to save the life of the mother or the baby. The Prime Minister's comments caused anger among women's groups opposition, lawmakers, and media critics. In Turkey, woman is permitted to end her pregnancy up to 10 weeks after it began.
  4. The Iranian government says it has made an anti-virus computer program able to fight the so-called flame virus. The flame virus has been infecting computers in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. Iran said Tuesday that the anti-virus computer program can identify and remove the spyware. On Monday, a Russian Internet security company identified the virus. Russia's Gursky lab gave the virus its name and said it was more powerful than any similar computer virus. The Iranian ministry did not say if the virus had done any damage.
  5. Afghan officials say 160 girls were taken from their school to a hospital Tuesday, after they showed signs of poisoning. This is the second such incident in Afghanistan in a week. Officials and * province have launched an investigation. They say blood from the affected girls and for teachers has been sent to Kabul for testing. Some of the girls said they smelled something as they entered the classroom and then they became sick. No one has claimed responsibility officials have blamed the Taliban for past attacks on girl schools. The attacks were aimed at closing the schools.
  6. Somalia's president Shaikh Sharif has survived an attempt on his life by the militant group Al Bob. Gunmen fired on the president's vehicles Tuesday in the Aleman the area of southern Somalia. A VOA Somali Service reporter traveling with the vehicles says the president was unharmed. But the reporter said a guard was killed and seven others were wounded. Officials say they have arrested four suspects.
  7. You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.
  8. Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Thailand Tuesday. The trip marks her first international travel in 24 years. Crowds gathered around the opposition leader after her airplane landed at Bangkok's international airport. Aung San Suu Kyi is to spend several days in Thailand. She is expected to meet with Thai Prime Minister *. She also plans to speak to the world economic forum on East Asia later this week.
  9. The Senate in the Philippines has voted to dismiss the country's top judge for failing to report millions of dollars in wealth. 20 of 23 senators found Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona guilty of violating the public trust and the Constitution. A lawyer says he may appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. The chief justice also was accused of protecting former president Gloria Arroyo by ruling that she could leave the country when she was barred from traveling. The Senate did not make a decision on that charge. The judges dismissal is seen as helping Philippine President Benigno Aquino's anti corruption campaign. He has said the dismissal was important to end a culture of corruption that was evident during the Arroyo administration.
  10. The largest bank in Greece has warned about severe conditions, if Greece stops using the euro. The National Bank of Greece says failure to use the euro would lead to a drop in the quality of life for Greek citizens. It also said the value of the former Greek money * would fall 65%, if the country brings it back to replace the euro. Greece will hold parliamentary elections in June. Elections this month showed strong voter opposition to budget measures that were part of a financial rescue deal. Political parties were not able to form a government.
  11. A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church says Pope Benedict is in his words pained by the release of church documents. The documents were secretly given to Italian reporters news reports based on the documents have described church tax problems and struggles for power among clergy members. The spokesman also repeated his denial that any Catholic cardinals were being investigated. Italian media say a top church official is involved in the leaks.
  12. The wife of Pres. Obama is appearing on television this week to talk about her new book. Michelle Obama's book is called American grown the story of the White House kitchen garden and gardens across America. The book tells about the plants that Ms. Obama is growing in her White House garden. The book is part of her campaign to fight on healthy eating problem that makes children fat.
  13. And now briefly here again is the major news. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Anna has appealed to Syria's president to take what he called bold steps to push the UN peace plan forward. Iran says it has made an antivirus program able to fight what is known as the flame virus. And Afghan officials say 160 girls were taken from their school to a hospital Tuesday after they showed signs of poisoning. That's the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

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