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WORLD NEWS - Nov 20th, 2012

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我们勤劳的会员“Edward”于2012年11月22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.

Israeli air strikes into the Gaza Strip continued for a sixth day. Israel said it attacked 80 targets including several police headquarters of Hamas, rocket-launching areas and tunnels used by militants. Palestinian medical workers say at least 19 people were killed in the air strikes Monday. On Sunday, air strikes killed at least 21 Palestinians including eleven civilians in Gaza City. Palestinian rocket attacks have killed three Israeli civilians since Wednesday. On Sunday, President Obama said Palestinians must stop their rocket attacks against Israel. But he also said it would be better to end the fighting without Israel expanding its offensive. Mr. Obama said he has spoken with the leaders of Israel, Egypt and Turkey about ways to end the fighting. And Israeli official arrived in Egypt to talk about a possible ceasefire with Hamas.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, says it will hold a two-month ceasefire. FARC representatives made the announcement during negotiations Monday with Colombian government officials. The talks took place in Havana, Cuba. FARC said at the start of Tuesday, it would halt all its military operations and acts of sabotage through January 20th. The Colombian government has not commented publicly on the ceasefire announcement. The talks began last month in Norway. The two sides had not met since 2002. Colombian officials say they want to reach an agreement with the rebels within months, not years. Fighting between Colombia government forces and FARC rebels has killed thousands of people since 1964. It is the oldest, continuous rebellion in Latin America.

President Obama has expressed concerns about Cambodia’s human rights record during a meeting with that country’s leader Hun Sen. Mr. Obama arrived in Phnom Penh Monday. He talked with Mr. Hun Sen about issues including free and fair elections and political prisoners. American officials described the meeting as tense. Later, President Obama met with the ten other leaders attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting. Also Monday, Cambodian human rights group said they are not happy about a declaration approved Sunday at the ASEAN meeting. They said the statement does not go far enough to guarantee rights for all people.

The ASEAN leaders are hoping to strengthen political and economic ties during their meeting. Currently, there are tense territorial disputes among some members and China. ASEAN members are divided about how to deal with the South China Sea dispute. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said the leaders agreed not to take the issue outside of ASEAN. He said ASEAN would ask China to start talks as soon as possible on the dispute. However, Philippine President Benikno Aquino said no agreement had been reached. He said his country would defend its national interests when necessary. China said any negotiations on the issue would take time. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and China all claim areas of the South China Sea.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Reports from Northern Mali say Islamic rebels have seized the town of Manaka from Tuareg rebels. Witnesses and the town mayor tell VOA that the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa now controls Menaka. That group and the Islamic group Ansar Dine seized much of Northern Mali earlier this year after a military overthrow. Both groups are believed to have close ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Tuareg rebels were once allied with Islamic groups. But they cut ties after a dispute over establishing Islamic law in the area. Islamic militants have held public executions and other punishments in an effort to enforce their version of Sharia law.

There are reports of new fighting near Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rebel group M23 says it is now in control of the northeastern part of the city. Earlier the group demanded peace talks with the government. But the government rejected the demand. There is also weapons fire reported along DRC’s border with Rwanda. The DRC has repeatedly accused Rwanda of supporting M23. Rwanda has always denied the accusation. Most members of M23 are former Congolese soldiers. They rejected the government earlier this year in a dispute over better pay and weapons.

European election observers are praising the voting process that took place in Sierra Leone Saturday. The Chief of the European Union observers Richard Howard said the voting in General elections went smoothly. However, the observers did express concern about unrest reported after the election. Mr. Howard said he hopes that there will be peaceful acceptance of the results. The country’s National Electoral Commission is still counting votes from the presidential, parliamentary and local elections.

The American food company Hostess and representatives of its workers have agreed to enter negotiations. Hostess announced its financial failure this week. It suspended production and entered a court process to end operations permanently and deal with its debts. Hostess acted after workers began to strike two weeks ago to protest plans for cuts in retirement pay, health care and other benefits. Monday, a bankruptcy court judge in the state of New York urged Hostess to try to find a different solution through talks with Labor Union officials. Eighteen thousand workers would lose their jobs if Hostess closes. The company opened in 1930. It makes bread and sweet baked goods including its famed Twinkies.

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

Palestinian medical workers say at least 19 people in the Gaza Strip were killed in Israeli air strikes Monday. President Obama has expressed concerns about Cambodia’s human rights record during a meeting in Phnom Penh with that country’s leader Hun Sen. And the Colombian rebel group FARC has announced it will begin a two-month long ceasefire at the start of Tuesday.

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

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