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WORLD NEWS - Oct 25th, 2012

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我们勤劳的会员“Edward”于2012年10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.

The government of Sudan is blaming Israel for what it says was the bombing of an arms factory in the capital. Sudan’s Information Minister says he believes four Israeli warplanes caused the explosions at the Yarmouk Factory in Kartoum late Tuesday. He said Sudan had a right to respond & may take the issue to the United Nations Security Council. At a Wednesday news conference he said 2 civilians were killed in the explosions. They damaged nearby buildings and sent exploding ammunition flying through the air. Israel’s military and Foreign Ministry have not commented.

Diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi says the Syrian government and some rebel groups have agreed to a ceasefire. Mr. Brahimi said the ceasefire would take place during the Eid al-Adha holiday which begins Thursday. The United Nations and Arab League representative for Syria spoke to reporters in Cairo Wednesday. In a statement, Syria’s Foreign Ministry said it was still considering the ceasefire and would make a final decision Thursday.

Tunisia’s government says it has arrested one of its nationals believed to be linked to the September 11th attack on the United States consulate in Libya. The Interior Ministry said Wednesday that 23-year-old Ali Harzi was being held in Tunis. The ministry gave no other details. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack on the United States diplomatic office in Benghazi. The American State Department had no immediate comment.

The African Union has lifted its suspension of Mali as the group works on plans to send a military force to the West African nation. AU officials say Mali again may take part in all the organization’s activities and meetings. The AU suspended Mali in March after a group of soldiers seized power just weeks before a presidential election. Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qaeda now control Northern Mali. The militants have carried out public executions and whippings in their attempt to enforce severe Islamic law. Mali’s temporary government has asked for help to regain control of the territory.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Chinese officials are offering money in an attempt to put an end to self-immolation protests by ethnic Tibetans. At least three Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the past five days to protest Chinese rule and Chinese policies. Officials in one area announced Wednesday a reward of about $8,000 to anyone who gives information about people planning to set themselves on fire. The announcement also promised a reward of about $30,000 to anyone who gives information about the most recent self-immolations. Six Tibetans have died in self-immolation protests this month. China has accused Tibetan exiles of burning themselves as part of a separatist struggle and has denounced them as terrorists.

A complaint about the legality of the group that is writing a new constitution in Egypt has been sent to the country’s highest court. VOA’s Elizabeth Arrott talked with observers in Cairo and Karen Leggett her report. “An assembly of 100 people was appointed by the Egyptian Parliament to write a new constitution. That parliament has been suspended. It had included a majority of Islamist members. Opponents fear the constitution would also be Islamist. There were 43 complaints against the way the assembly was formed. The nation’s supreme constitutional court may take several months to rule on the complaints. During that time, the constitutional assembly will continue to debate and write a proposed constitution. Opponents of the current early version of the new constitution have concerns about what it says on the rule of Islam, equality for women and minority groups. They also are concerned that it does not establish media freedoms in Egypt or ban torture. Manar el Shorbagy is one of seven women in the constitutional assembly. She says the problem is greater than Islamists in the assembly. ‘Not about being Islamists. It’s actually about being a man and it’s a position that has to do with men who are not sensitized at all to the issues of women and concerns of women.’ Ms. Shorbagy has proposed that the new constitution establish women’s right to be educated, work and hold political office. Her proposals have not been accepted by the assembly, but she is still hopeful. ‘I don’t think that the differences and the conflicting point of views are something negative. I think it is something healthy and it is actually the rule not the exception in writing constitutions.’ The constitution must be written by the end of December. Then the public will vote on it. If the constitution is approved by the voters, the Supreme Court will have no power over it. Egyptian lawyer Said al-Ali says the assembly has two months to build trust and persuade the public that its proposed constitution is the best solution for the country. I’m Karen Leggett.”

Finally, top officials of the United States Central Bank say the economy is expending at a moderate rate while job growth has been slow. Officials of the Federal Reserve spoke after a two-day meeting. The Central Bank left its interest rates unchanged at almost 0%. The low rates are meant to ease lending and lift the economy.

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

The government of Sudan is blaming Israel for what it says was the bombing of an arms factory in the capital. Diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi says the Syrian government and some rebel groups have agreed to a ceasefire. And the African Union has lifted its suspension of Mali. The AU plans to send a military force to Mali to help regain control of the country’s north from Islamic militants.

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

Finally, this announcement:

VOA is making seasonal frequency changes this Sunday, October 28th. These changes will affect this broadcast of VOA Special English news at 0:00, universal time. Beginning Sunday, you can hear this broadcast on nine shortwave frequencies. They include 6.17, 9.325, 9.49, 9.715 and 11.695 megahertz. You can also hear this broadcast on 12.005, 15.185, 15.205 and 15.29 megahertz. This is the Voice of America from Washington.

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