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WORLD NEWS - June 3rd, 2012


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  1. It is zero hours 30 universal time. I'm * in Washington.
  2. Thousands of Egyptians demonstrated in the streets across their country on Saturday were protesting judgments in the trial of former president *, Interior Minister *, six former top security officials. Ousted leader was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the killings of hundreds of anti government protesters last year. Government lawyers had asked for more severe punishments. The judge said that Mubarek simply failed to prevent the death. And that he was not directly responsible for that. The interior minister received the same highest punishment as Mubarek. But security officers were freed as they were Mubarek sons. The sons had been accused of corruption. The protesters were demanding everything from a retrial to death for * Mubarek.
  3. Arab league leaders are trying to increase pressure on Syrian President Bishara al Assad to end the violence in his country. The league members held emergency meeting Saturday in Quarter with United Nations and League representative Kofi Annan. Mr. Annan called on President Assad to immediately take strong measures to enforce this six-point cease-fire plan. But the former UN secretary-general admitted that the recent violence shows the conflict is quickly getting out of control. The Arab League is already calling for the UN Security Council to replace it's almost 300 observers in Syria. Instead it wants the council to deploy peacekeepers who are able to prevent the clashes.
  4. At least 10 people have died in Ghana after a supply airplane crashed into Abbas of the plane was attempting to land. Official said the Nigerian Allied Air Jacks missed the landing area Accra airport late Saturday. Crashed into a small bus traveling nearby. The planes for crewmembers survived. Emergency are officials are in the crash area the airline has not commented on it.
  5. Spain is calling for a new euro zone finance commission that would help national budgets and manage the organization's debts. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano * said such a commission would signal investors that the single currency will not be ended. This is not the first time that Spain has made the request. But some observers say the problems of the country may now speed up discussion of the subject. Economy is described Spain as too big to fail. Mr. * admitted that for the commission to be created would be necessary for member states to surrender more of their financial independence. Some are hoping the discussion will take place before the start of the next European Union leaders meeting at the end of this month.
  6. You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.
  7. In Honduras, the government has set up an anti corruption commission. The group is to find and dismiss bad officials from that justice and the national police. President Porfirio Lobo said drug dealing organizations had gotten their members into both the system and the police illegally. Mr. Lobo said the new five-member commission would help the country deal with its many security problems. Shortly after the announcement, security minister Pompeo Bonilla said he had suspended six top police commanders. He said they would go through what he called competence tests. The last six months of the president has replaced two police chiefs and a security minister. He accused them of failing to improve the country's security. Honduras had the world's highest murder rate in 2010 with 82 killings for every 100,000 citizens.
  8. NATO coalition forces confirmed that four humanitarian aid workers held by Afghan militants in * Province have been rescued. A NATO media release Saturday said two Western doctors and two Afghan civilians rescued in an early morning military operation. The coalition forces spokesperson said the rescue team arrived by helicopter under cover of darkness and confirms the presence of the hostages. The four aid workers were being held in the cave. He had been kidnapped May 22 while traveling on horses to treat villagers suffering from hunger.
  9. Norwegian climate scientists say the Arctic has been losing 45,000 km2 of ice covers yearly over the past 20 years. Beginning to polarize has opened new passages for ships across the board. And they say that change could make the trade between Europe and Asia 40% faster than using the Suez Canal. Norwegian Foreign Minister Unice Garst recently brought American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the city of Tromso about the Arctic Circle. Area could hold 20% of the world's undiscovered oil and gas supplies. Ms. Clinton said many countries are looking at the possibilities for exploration of the Arctic for its resources. United States geological survey says the resources could be worth $9 trillion.
  10. Rescue flights are in progress to carry more than 12,000 South Sudanese citizens home from neighboring Sudan. The returnees were blocked from going home and Sudan closed some of its borders because of clashes with the South.
  11. Briefly here again is the major news of the hour. Former Egyptian President Hussein Mubarak sentence of life in prison is failed to satisfy many Egyptians. Arab league leaders are trying to increase pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to end the violence in his country. And at least 10 people have died in Ghana after a supply airplane crashed into Abbas by the plane was attempting to land. That's the news in VOA Special English.

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