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WORLD NEWS - Sep 15th, 2012

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我们勤劳的会员“Edward”于2012年10月1日发布了关于这篇文章的精华帖子,全文如下:

Here is the news in Special English. I’m Laura Bowman.

A fourth day of protest took place across the Muslim world Friday where anger continues to grow over an anti-Islamic video posted on the Internet. From Tunisia to Egypt, Sudan to Yemen, protesters arrived at embassies of the United States and Zawas. They denounced the video and those they feel have not done enough to stop it. At least two deaths were reported. Some of Friday’s most violent demonstrations took place in the Sudanese capital where angry crowds clashed with police at embassies belonging to the United States, Britain and Germany. Witnesses said at least one protester was killed outside the US embassy. At least one person was also killed in protest in Northern Lebanon and also injured 25 people. Protesters stormed the embassy in Tunis and set fires.

President Obama says the United States will be resolute in protecting its embassies. He spoke during a ceremony to mark the return of the bodies of four Americans killed in Libya this week. The president said these are difficult days. But he said Americans will never stop working for the freedom of others. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden also attended Friday’s ceremony. The bodies of United States ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other employees arrived at a military base near Washington. The four Americans were killed at the United States consulate in Benghazi Tuesday. Protesters attacked the building. They were angry about a movie that criticized the prophet Mohammed.

The new United Nations Arab League diplomat to Syria is to talk with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Saturday. Lakhdar Brahimi will meet Mr. Assad in Damascus as he continues his first official visit to Syria. A UN spokesman said Mr. Brahimi met Friday with Syrian officials, UN workers, Red Cross officers and diplomats from Russia and China. Mr. Brahimi will also meet with a Syrian opposition group and a European Union delegation. Thursday, Mr. Brahimi said the situation in Syria is getting worse and described efforts to ease the crisis as nearly impossible.

Two United States Marines have been killed in an attack on a British military base in Afghanistan. Britain’s Prince Henry stationed at the base. Military officials say militants used shells and rockets against Camp Bastian in Helmand Province early Saturday. They say Prince Henry was never in danger. He is based there as a helicopter pilot. The Taliban has said they will kill him. But it is unclear if he was the target of Saturday’s attack.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Six Chinese surveillance ships have left Japanese-controlled waters after briefly sailing near group of disputed islands. Japan’s Coast Guard says the ships left the area Friday after both sides exchanged warnings. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the routine law enforcement operation was justifiable and that any tensions between the two sides were caused by Japan. The islands are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Japan purchased them this week from a private Japanese landowner increasing tensions with China.

Stock market measures increased in Asia and Europe Friday. Investors appear to be pleased that the United States Central Bank has announced new measures to lift the American economy. The Hong Kong Stock Index increased 3%. Tokyo’s Nikkei Index increased almost 2%. Stock indexes in London, Frankford and Paris also closed higher. And stock measures in the United States also showed gains. Experts say investors had expected the United States Federal Reserve to act. But they still welcomed the Central bank’s latest move. On Thursday, Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke announced the Central Bank’s plan to buy billions of dollars in debt securities each month for the rest of the year. The move is meant to improve the weak labor market which has been slow, to create more jobs.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church arrived in Beirut Friday for a three-day visit to Lebanon. Pope Benedict said he came to the Middle East as a pilgrim of peace, as friend of God, and as a friend of Man. And he warned against extremism, calling it a falsification of religion. Pope Benedict is expected to meet with Lebanese officials and leaders of Christian communities. His visit is an effort to improve relations between Christians and Muslims.

The Obama Administration is warning that United States spending cuts in early 2013 would be deeply destructive to national security & government programs. The spending cuts go into effect if there is no agreement on the budget. One hundred & nine billion dollars in budget cuts are to take place under a process called sequestration. The cuts are required by a deficit reduction agreement reached in 2011. Both Democratic and Republican members of Congress agree on the need to cut federal spending. But two sides have not been able to agree on how to carry out that plan.

Briefly, here again is the major news of the hour.

A fourth day of protest took place across the Muslim world Friday where anger continues to grow over an anti-Islamic video posted on the Internet. President Obama says the United States will be resolute in protecting its embassies. And two United States Marines have been killed in an attack on a British military base in Afghanistan. Britain’s Prince Henry is stationed at that base.

And that’s the news in VOA Special English. I’m Laura Bowman in Washington.

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