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WORLD NEWS - Sep 11th, 2012

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我们勤劳的会员“Edward”于2012年9月29日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

From Washington, here is the news in VOA Special English.

Somali lawmakers have elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s new president. He defeated President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in a third and final vote. Somalia’s Parliament speaker said Mr. Mohamud received 190 votes, and Mr. Ahmed got 79. Two votes were disqualified. Mr. Mohamud was sworn-in immediately. He thanked former president Ahmed for leading the country to the historic election. The new president also asked the Somali people to support him. Mr. Ahmed told Parliament the vote was fair and he respected the result. He also said he would support the new president. Somalia has experienced 20 years of war and disorder.

The Yemeni government says it has killed the second highest al-Qaeda leader in Yemen. The Defense Ministry reported that Saudi citizen Saeed al-Shihri was killed during an army action in the eastern province of Hadramout. The report said other members of the group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were also killed. No other details were provided. However, a Yemeni security source told Reuters News Agency Mr. Shihri was killed last Wednesday. The source said a pilotless American plane or drone was involved in the operation.

The United States has officially given control of Bagram Prison to the Afghan government. A small ceremony was held to mark the change in leadership. Afghan President Hamid Karzai praised the move as a victory for Afghan independence. However, a dispute remains about the future of hundreds of prisoners at Bagram. The United States continues to hold about 600 prisoners who were captured after the plan to surrender the prison. Also, the United States says it will remain in control of about 50 foreign detainees, most from Pakistan. Afghan officials say all prisoners must be surrendered to the Afghan government within 72 hours.

A bomb attack in Northwest Pakistan has killed at least 12 people. Forty-five others are wounded. The bomb exploded in a car at a market in the town of Parachinar in the Quran area. That area lies along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. Its population is majority Shiite Muslim. Pakistan’s larger population is mostly Sunni Muslim. Pakistani officials say all the victims if the bomb-attack were Shiite.

Syrian rebels have broadcast a video that appears to show the bodies of Syrian soldiers whom the rebels executed. The video is on the Internet. It shows 20 men in military clothing lying on the ground with their heads bloody. Their eyes are covered by cloth and their hands are tied. A British human rights group says the executions happened within the last few days. United Nations officials have accused both the Syrian government and rebels of war crimes. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for the issue to be considered by the International Criminal Court. She urged the UN Security Council to make that happen.

Pro-China parties won Hong Kong’s local elections Sunday. Political observers in Hong Kong spoke with reporter Iven Broadhead about the results. And Karen Leggett has the story. “In the hours before the vote, thousands of protesters gathered near Hong Kong’s government headquarters. They demanded cancellation of a new requirement for moral and national education. The required classes were aimed at increasing Chinese nationalism among children in Hong Kong schools. Saturday night, just before the elections, the leader of the Hong Kong government Leung Chun Ying announced that the classes would not be required. ‘The introduction of moral and national education, the way that specified in the policy that my government and myself inherited, is not something of our making. And as soon as we realized that there are opposing different views in the community, I myself and my team very quickly dealt with the issue.’ Mr. Leung’s pro-China Party gained three seats in the elections. It remains the largest party in the Hong Kong legislature. For the first time, voters were permitted to fill 40 of the seats on the city’s 70-member-council. Observers say the four pro-democracy parties did not win because they kept fighting among themselves and lacked a single united plan. However, the pro-democracy parties still control enough seats to block any efforts to slow the speed toward democracy. China’s National People’s Congress has said that every one in Hong Kong could have a right to vote for the city’s next leader in 2017. Some members of the pro-democracy movement fear that the pro-China government in Hong Kong could change that plan. Margret Ng retired from politics before this election. ‘And you’ll find very few people in Hong Kong who are of Chinese origin who do not regard themselves as Chinese. Our roots as Chinese people are very, very deep. And so we want China the China that we really believe in to be democratic, to be open, to respect personal values and freedom.’ Reports say the voters last weekend showed an interest in improving workers pay. They also wanted to reduce costs for home buyers and the high prices caused in part by the large number of wealthy Chinese visitors to Hong Kong. I’m Karen Leggett.”

In other Special English news, the Red Cross says at least 32 people are confirmed dead after ethnic clashes in Southeastern Kenya. Seven police officers are said to be among those killed. The Red Cross said hundreds of homes were burned during an attack Monday on a village in the Tana Delta area. Almost 100 people have been killed in the area during weeks of fighting between the Orma and Pokomo communities.

Teachers in the American city of Chicago, Illinois, went on strike Monday. About 29,000 teachers and school employees are refusing to report to work. The strike has affected about 350,000 students. Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. The main issue in the strike is the use of student performance on tests to measure the effectiveness of teachers.

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

Somali lawmakers have elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country’s new president. The Yemeni government says it has killed the second highest al-Qaeda leader in Yemen. And the United States has surrendered control of Bagram Prison near Kabul to the Afghan government.

And that’s the news in VOA Special English coming to you from Washington.

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