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WORLD NEWS - Sep 25th, 2012

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我们勤劳的会员“Edward”于2012年10月8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.

The United Nations and Arab League representative to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has appeared before the UN Security Council. Mr. Brahimi told reporters that all at the meeting agreed the conflict in Syria is very bad and getting worse. The diplomat said he has some ideas on how to ease the crisis. But he said he has not formed a plan that would lead to a solution. Lakhdar Brahimi visited Syria and refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan earlier this month. Also Monday, Syrian opposition activists said military airplanes bombed the city of Aleppo. They said the attack killed at least five people including three children. About 20,000 people are believed dead as a result of 18 months of fighting in Syria.

The European Court of Human Rights has given final approval to permit the surrender of five terror suspects to the United States. The suspects include Muslim clergyman Abu Hamza. Lawyers for the five men argued that they would be mistreated in the United States. The court disagreed. The British government welcomed the ruling. It said it would work to get the suspects to the United States as quickly as possible. Abu Hamza has been serving a seven-year sentence in Britain for inciting attacks against non-Muslims. The United States wants him on several charges including establishing a terrorist training camp in the American state of Oregon.

Pakistani security officials say an American air strike has killed five militants near the Afghan border. An unpiloted airplane fired two missiles at a target in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan, officials said. Some of the dead are reportedly foreign fighters. But it is not known where they are from. There has been a sharp increase in American drone attacks in Pakistan since May. The country’s northwestern tribal area is considered a center of al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters.

The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan are meeting for a second day in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. A Sudanese official spoke to reporters after the talks on Sunday. He said the two sides mostly agreed on economic, oil and trade issues. He said they remain divided on security issues. African Union representatives are proposing a soft border between Sudan and South Sudan. This would enable the free movement of people, animals and goods between Sudan and South Sudan from the Abyei area. The dispute began when South Sudan became independent in July of last year. The United Nations told the two Sudans to reach an agreement by last Saturday or face possible steps against them.

The World Trade Organization is holding its yearly public forum in Switzerland. Representatives from governments, private groups, businesses and universities are debating whether international cooperation can solve economic problems. Karen Leggett has this report from VOA’s Joe De Capua. “Multilateralism can be defined as a group of countries working together on an issue such as a trade agreement or military alliance. World Trade Organization Director Pascal Lamy spoke about multilateralism as he opened the WTO meeting. ‘This year, like last year, has been marked by extraordinary turbulence, sluggish economic growth rates, high unemployment. Newly released figures on world trade that are just worrying. And in this slowdown no one has been spared.’ Mr. Lamy says the rise of developing economies is bringing new and stronger voices from the developing world. He says these voices are demanding changes in the rules of the multilateral system. He says governments must react to citizens’ demands for a better quality of life. ‘They want jobs. They want human rights. They want dignity. The question then becomes can multilateral cooperation live up to their expectations? Will the international community be able to rise to the multiple challenges with which it is confronted today?’ Mr. Lamy says the solutions of yesterday cannot be used to solve the problems we face today. But multilateral cooperation still works. ‘Yes, the challenges we face today are multiple, and yes, multilateralism is struggling, but we have proven ourselves to be up to the task before and I think we can be up to it again.’ The World Trade Organization public forum continued through Wednesday. I’m Karen Leggett.”

In other news, international observers are strongly criticizing parliamentary elections in Belarus Sunday. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says the process was not election-competitive from the start. It said people were prevented from free speech, organizing and seeking office. An American State Department official also said the election in Belarus was not free or fair. She said if Belarus must respect human rights, free political prisoners, and takes steps toward fair elections if it wants better relations with the United States. Election results show parties belonging to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko won a majority of seats in parliament. Main opposition parties boycotted the election on Sunday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the world needs to unite to stop anti-democracy extremists in North Africa and the Middle East. Ms. Clinton spoke in New York at the Clinton Global Initiative—a yearly conference led by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. She said countries that are working hard to develop their economies and governments instead of inciting anger are moving ahead in the world community. Secretary Clinton is in New York to meet with world leaders as they arrive for the United Nations General Assembly. President Obama is to speak at the meeting on Tuesday.

Emergency officials in Nepal have suspended the search for mountain-climbers who disappeared in a snow slide Sunday. At least nine people were killed in the avalanche on Mount Manaslu, one of the highest mountains in the world. Several climbers were rescued. The avalanche happened while most climbers were sleeping. Local officials said the victims were from France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

Briefly, here again is the major news.

The United Nations and Arab League representative to Syria has told the UN Security Council that the Syrian crisis is very bad and getting worse. The European Court of Human Rights has given final approval to permit the surrender of five terror suspects to the United States. And in Pakistan, security officials say an American drone attack has killed five militants near the Afghan border.

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

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