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WORLD NEWS - Oct 1st, 2012

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我们勤劳的会员“Edward”于2012年10月14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.

Iraqi officials report bomb attacks against Shiite neighborhoods, security forces and other targets in at least eight cities and towns. At least 32 people were killed in the attacks Sunday. The deadliest attack took place in Taji, just north of Baghdad. At least eleven people were killed by three separate car bombs. The town was once the base for al-Qaeda. In the southern city of Kut, a suicide bomber killed at least three policemen and wounded several others. Other areas hit by attacks include Balad Ruz and Baghdad’s Karradah neighborhood. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. However, the local al-Qaeda-linked group says it has begun a new offensive against mostly Shiite Muslim targets in Iraq.

A suicide bomber in Syria has set off explosives in a car in the city of Qamishli. The Sunday attack is the first in the country’s Kurdish area. The Kurdish area has not been a part of the conflict between the Syrian government and opposition rebels. Syrian state television said the afternoon explosion killed at least four people and wounded many more. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombing killed eight members of the security forces. The rights group also said the attack was aimed at a Syrian military base. VOA cannot confirm events in Syria because the government restricts news reporters in the country. The attack came hours after activists said overnight fighting between rebels and government forces killed at least five people in Aleppo, the Syrian financial capital.

Kenyan police say a bomb explosion at a church in Nairobi has killed a nine-year-old boy. Three other children were wounded in the attack Sunday. The Nairobi police chief says he blames the violence on supporters of al-Shabab militants in Somalia. There have been a series of attacks on churches in Kenya since it sent troops into Somalia last year. On Friday, Kenyan troops forced al-Shabab militants out of port Kismayu. That had been their largest remaining rebel base in Somalia. Kenyan officials also believe al-Shabab supporters shot and killed two police officers in the city of Garissa Sunday. That Kenyan town lies along its border with Somalia. The attackers stole the officers’ weapons.

Kenya says it planned to turn off service to all illegal cell phones on Sunday. The move is part of an anti-crime and safety campaign. Just over 17,000,000 or about half of Kenya’s population have cell phones. Millions of them are not legal. The Communications Commission of Kenya has been telling the public about the electrical dangers of using untested phones. It says the information campaign is working. The phone industry says Kenya is loosing millions of dollars because illegal phone manufacturers do not pay taxes to import their phones. The sellers of legal phones say the government campaign has cost them money. They say it is hard to persuade buyers if their phones are legal.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

A major ocean storm is crossing Japan’s main island of Honshu. At least 140 people have been injured in typhoon Jelawat since it struck the southern Japanese island of Okinawa Saturday. Storm winds are blowing more than 100km/h. As much as 500mm of rain is expected over a 20-hour period. Japan’s weather agency is urging people to stay inside. Hundreds of local flights have been cancelled. Train service has been reduced. The storm has cut electric power to more than 100,000 homes in Japan.

Tibetan sources say a 27-year old man severely burned himself Saturday in Western China to protest Chinese rule. The incident reportedly happened Saturday night in the Zadoi area of Qinghai’s Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Sources told VOA that the man set himself on fire as he walked by Chinese-owned stores. Reports say the man was wearing traditional Tibetan clothing and shouting for Tibetan independence. One source said Chinese store-owners threw water on the man to put the fire out. Chinese officials then reportedly took the man to the hospital and ordered a curfew for the area.

Immigrants from around the world can have a major effect on American cities. In California, new comers from Asia and Latin America have brought an international feel to the San Gabriel Valley. Steve Ember tells us more. “The San Gabriel Valley lies east of Los Angeles. Asian-Americans and Latin Americans make up the majority of the population in some of its communities. Many are becoming more politically involved. Officials in the Rosemead area were trying to close a market that sold freshly-killed chickens. It is part of Chinese culture to sell the whole chicken with the head and feet still on. The officials and neighbors claim the store smelled bad. The business’s co-owner Dana Phu is ethnically Chinese and comes from Vietnam. ‘It’s a lot of Asians - and our business, our services - are servicing those people.’ Ms. Phu filed legal action against the city council. Her political involvement resulted in a settlement and in an agreement with officials. Many immigrants come to this part of California for business opportunities, good schools and less costly housing. Political parties are working to register many of these new community members as voters. State Senator Ed Hernandez a Mexican-American represents many Latino and Asian-American citizens. ‘We need to empower everybody. And all the citizens of this country and the state have to realize the importance of their vote.’ Mr. Hernandez says he got involved in politics, so that he could have a say in what happens in his community. I’m Steve Ember.”

In other news, the top United States commander in Afghanistan says he is angry about attacks on western troops by Afghan soldiers and police. This kind of violence is called insider attacks. Speaking on the CBS Network Television Show 60 Minutes, General John Allen said we are willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we are not willing to be murdered. A leader of the militant Taliban group in Afghanistan told the CBS Television Network that insider attacks are part of the group’s new plan.

Here again is the top news.

Iraqi officials say bomb attacks have killed at least 32 people in several cities & towns around the country. A suicide bomber in Syria has exploded a car bomb in the city of Qamishli. And in Japan, a major ocean storm is crossing the island of Honshu cutting electric power and causing injuries.

That’s the news in Special English from Washington.

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