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WORLD NEWS - Oct 4th, 2012

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我们勤劳的会员“Edward”于2012年10月16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. I’m Christopher Cruise reporting from Washington.

Turkey says its military has fired on targets inside Syria in answer to a Syrian mortar attack that killed five Turkish civilians in a Turkish border town. The office of Turkish Prime Minister Rejep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish forces in the border area immediately shelled Syrian targets. The military used radar to find the sources of the shelling inside Syria. Mr. Erdogan said Turkish actions were legal under international law. He said Turkey will never fail to answer what he called Syrian attacks on Turkey’s national security. Turkish officials said a woman and her three children were among those killed in the shelling. They said at least ten others were wounded.

The Greek finance chief says he believes Greece will reach an agreement with its international lenders by Monday for more financial rescue money. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said Wednesday that what he called fairly large differences remain between Greece & its lenders. They include the European Union, the European Central Bank & the International Monetary Fund. The two sides have been negotiating for weeks. Mr. Stournaras said despite the fairly large differences, he believes an agreement will be reached before the finance ministers of the 17 nations that use the Euro meet on Monday. International lenders have been demanding that Greece approve a new plan to cut its budget before the lenders will give the country another $40billion in aid.

The head of Georgia’s opposition coalition says he does not want President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign. The coalition headed by Bidzina Ivanishvili won Georgia’s parliamentary elections on Monday. On Wednesday, Mr. Ivanishvili said he was not demanding that Mr. Saakashvili immediately leave office. He offered to help the president form a new government. Mr. Saakashvili said Tuesday that his party had been defeated. He promised to help the opposition form a new government. He will remain the president of Georgia until his term ends next year. New parts of the constitution of Georgia call for many of the president’s powers to be given to a prime minister. Mr. Ivanishvili is expected to be named prime minister.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

Officials in Serbia say they will not let homosexuals and their supporters gather in Belgrade on Saturday. On Wednesday the Interior Ministry said the risk of violence is too high. It said it will not permit the gathering of homosexuals on Saturday nor will it permit any other public gatherings. Serbia’s powerful Orthodox Church had asked the government to ban the parade by the homosexuals and their supporters. The church called it an insult to Christians. Last year, Serbian officials also cancelled a gathering of homosexuals and lesbians. The human rights group Amnesty International says the Serbian government is failing to obey its own constitution and laws guaranteeing freedom of expression and assembly. The group says banning the parade is a win for prejudice and a defeat for human rights in common decency.

Vatican police have told a court that they found more than 1,000 private documents in the home of the top personal aide to Pope Benedict—the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Paolo Gabriele is being tried on charges of stealing some of the Pope’s private papers. Mr. Gabriele is 46 years old and a father of three children. A police inspector told the court Wednesday that the papers include original and copied Vatican documents. He said some have the Pope’s signature on them. Another police officer told the court some of the documents tell about the Pope’s private and family life. On Tuesday, Mr. Gabriele told the court that he copied some documents to show there is evil and corruption in the Roman Catholic Church. But he said he was not guilty of theft.

A Chinese-owned company has brought a case against President Obama for blocking its plan to build a wind farm. The windmills were to be placed near an American naval area used in tests of drone aircraft. China’s official Xinhua News Agency says the company Ralls Corporation claims Mr. Obama violated his constitutional powers as president. It said he did not provide evidence for why the wind farms would have been a national security risk. To Chinese citizens own Ralls Corp. last president Obama ordered the company to stop the project and sell its four planned wind farms that were to be built in the western state of Oregon. The move followed the suggestion of an American group that considers foreign investments in the United States.

Costa Rica will soon become the first country in the Americas to ban hunting for sport. The Costa Rican Congress voted 41 to 5 to approve the ban. President Laura Chinchilla supports the bill. Scientific researchers and native groups who depend upon hunting to survive would be permitted to continue to hunt.

The weak American economy is likely to be discussed Wednesday night during the debate between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. It will be their first debate. Two more debates will be held this month. The election is November sixth. You can watch the debate live beginning at one hour universal time on www.voanews.com.

And finally at this hour, American officials have stopped a computer security fraud that affected tens of thousands of people in six countries. The Federal Trade Commission says people were called on their telephone by criminals who falsely claimed that they were working for large computer and technology security companies. Those companies included Microsoft, Norton and MacAffee. Officials said Wednesday the criminals falsely told people that their computers were affected with viruses or mal-ware. They then sold them unneeded repairs that cost up to $450. The FTC officials told reporters the criminals were based mostly in India.

And now, briefly, here again is the major news of the hour read to you in VOA Special English.

The Turkish military fired on targets inside Syria Wednesday in answer to a Syrian mortar attack that killed five Turkish civilians. In Tehran, riot police clashed with protesters angry about the falling value of Iran’s money. And the Greek finance chief says he believes Greece will reach an agreement with its international lenders by Monday for more financial rescue money.

And that’s the news at this hour in VOA Special English. I’m Christopher Cruise reporting from Washington.

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