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WORLD NEWS - Aug 3rd, 2012

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我们勤劳的会员“Edward”于2012年8月9日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

Here is the news in VOA Special English.

United Nations peacekeeping Chief Herve Ladsous says the main battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo is about to begin. Mr. Ladsous spoke to reporters after a Security Council meeting Thursday. He said observers in Aleppo say the violence there is getting worse. Syrian forces have been attacking the country’s largest city with tanks and helicopters for nearly three weeks. They are trying to seize control of the city from the rebels who want to oust President Bashar al-Assad. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled and an unknown number have been killed.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is resigning as the UN and Arab League diplomat for Syria. Violence from the country’s 17-month long uprising continues to increase. Mr. Annan said he was resigning because of the increased fighting and lack of agreement in the UN Security Council. He said he was not able to be affective.

A new report says as many as 3,000,000 people in Syria will need food, crops and help with their farm animals within the next year. The UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the World Food Program and Syria’s Ministry of Agriculture released the report. It says about half of those in need will require food assistance within the next three to six months. The 17-month long uprising has forced thousands to flee their homes. World Food Program spokeswoman Emilia Casella says farm families need help. “Now, what we are seeing is that many of these farming families and Bedouins and herders have had to start to cut the size of their meals. They are eating cheaper food, lower quality food. They are taking their children out of schools and sending them to work. They are selling their life stock and other assets, which means that even when peace time comes, and we hope it comes soon, some of these people won’t be able to quickly return to farming because they have had to sell their assets in order just to survive now.” Separately, President Obama approved an additional $12,000,000 in humanitarian aid to Syria on Thursday. The administration says the money will be used for food and medical supplies and personal care supplies.

Egyptian President Mohamed Moorsi swore in a new cabinet Thursday. Several cabinet ministers served in the former government. The new Defense Minister, Finance Minister & Foreign Minister served under former President Hosni Mubarak. Prime Minister Hisham Qandil defended his cabinet appointments. He said he chose ministers based on their past experience. The new government comes after 18 months of political unrest & a power struggle between Mr. Moorsi and Egypt’s military. The military will hold many powers until the country elects a new parliament.

The United Nations diplomat to Somalia is strongly condemning the murder of a well-known Somali performer who had spoken critically about al-Shabab militants. Abdi Gilani Malak who was known as Marshali was shot and killed at his home in Mogadishu on Tuesday. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing. UN diplomat Augustine Mahiga said the killing was unacceptable. He called on Somali officials to investigate the killing. The rights group Amnesty International says it is shocked by the death as well as by what it calls the inaction of Somali officials. The group says Marshali is the eighth member of the media to be targeted for death in Somalia since December. Marshali appeared on Somali radio and television. He had tried to stop young Somalis from joining al-Shabab. He had received many death threats.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not support strong punishment for members of a punk rock band on trial in Moscow. Mr. Putin spoke to Russian reporters Thursday. He spoke for the first time in public about the arrest and trial of three members of the girl band called Pussy Riot. The three have been in jail for the past five months. They were arrested after performing a political protest prayer at the main religious center in Moscow. Their trial began Monday. They could be sent to prison for seven years if they are found guilty. British musicians have called on Russia to free the three performers. Pitanzin of the Hu and Neal Tenat of the Pechat Boys are among those calling for their release.

Typhoon Saola moved slowly across Taiwan Thursday causing heavy rains and landslides. Government officials told people to stay at home because of the storm. Major financial markets closed and flights were canceled. The typhoon had wind speeds of up to 155km/h. Earlier the storm passed over the Northwestern Philippines dropping up to half a meter of rain and causing flooding. The typhoon left more than 20 people dead and thousands homeless in the Philippines.

Finally, sports news:

There is a new women’s gymnastics Olympic champion. American Gabby Douglas won the gold medal Thursday. Russians Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina took the silver and bronze. American Alexandra Raisman placed fourth. British teams earned gold medals in men’s team cycling, shooting and men’s canoe double. Britain’s Gemma Gibbons earned a silver medal in women’s judo. She lost the gold medal to American Kayla Harrison in the 78kg division. Russian Tagir Khaibulaev won gold in the men’s 100kg judo division. Mongolia’s Tuvshinbayar Naidan earned the silver medal. The United States and China lead in the number of medals earned. South Korea, France and Britain are in third, fourth and fifth place.

Briefly now, here again is the major news for this hour.

The head of peacekeeping at the United Nations says the main battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo is about to begin. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is resigning as the UN and Arab League diplomat for Syria. And a new report says as many as 3,000,000 people in Syria will need food, crops and help with their farm animals within the next year. That’s the news in VOA Special English coming your way from Washington.

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