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WORLD NEWS - Dec 11th, 2012

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我们勤劳的会员“Edward”于2012年12月13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 Security Council has called for quick action on the crisis in Mali. The council met Monday to discuss the situation. It said the Mali crisis threatens peace and security in the larger area around it. Rebels seized control of Northern Mali earlier this year. Some of the rebel groups are enforcing a severe version of Islamic law. More than 140,000 people have fled the country as a result. Ivory Coast’s Foreign Minister represented the West African Alliance ECOWAS at the Security Council meeting. He urged the members to quickly approve the deployment of 3,300 African troops to help return security to Mali.

Several major European countries are calling for international support of Syria’s newly-formed opposition coalition. European Union foreign ministers met in Brussels Monday with Syria’s new opposition leader Mouaz al-Khatib. After the meeting, German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, said Mr. Khatib’s coalition deserves more support. British Foreign Secretary William Hague made a similar appeal. He said Mr. Khatib had given very clear guarantees that the coalition will represent all Syrians including Christians and Kurds.

An American government report says China is expected to become the world’s leading economic power by 2030. However, the report says the United States will remain a top world leader. The office of the director of Intelligence released the report. It predicts that Asia will lead North America and Europe combined in terms of economic power, population, military spending and technological investment. The report says the middle class will expand throughout the world. It also says that the majority of the world will not be in poverty for the first time. Intelligence experts also say that half the world’s population will live in areas with severe water problems by 2030. The report also expects that the Middle East will remain the most politically unpredictable part of the world.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has given the military the power to arrest civilians. Monday’s presidential order says the military must help protect vital institutions and maintain security before Saturday’s vote on the new constitution. Opposition forces in Egypt have rejected the planned vote. The opposition National Salvation Front says the proposed constitution does not represent all Egyptian people. The opposition is calling for huge protests on Tuesday against the proposed constitution and the planned vote. Mr. Morsi says if the constitution is rejected on Saturday, he will call for the election of a new constitutional assembly to write a new constitution.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

The opposition presidential candidate in Ghana says he is not ready to accept that he was defeated in the country’s presidential election. Nana Akufo-Addo says his New Patriotic Party is gathering information from voting stations. He says it will decide if it will legally dispute the vote in the coming days. Ghana’s election commission says President John Dramani Mahama won reelection in the voting Friday and Saturday. It says Mr. Akufo-Addo came in second. African observers called the election peaceful and encouraging. One Western African official said there were some problems with voting machines, but that he was generally pleased with the process. President Mahama has called on opposition parties to respect the voice of the people.

Romania’s ruling coalition has won Parliamentary elections. Election officials have counted more than 80% of the ballots from Sunday’s voting. The Social Liberal Union led by Prime Minister Viktor Punta has won about 60% to easily defeat President Traian Basescu’s Right Romania Alliance. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe deployed observers for the vote. They said the process was carried out in a professional way and that they found no evidence of dishonesty. Mr. Basescu tried unsuccessfully to oust his partner from the presidency in July. The two men have been in a dispute since then. He tried to oust Viktor Ponta.

American defense officials say Taliban attacks in Afghanistan rose as American forces surrendered some security responsibilities to the government. A report Monday says the number of Taliban attacks increased 1% in a six-month period ending in September. But attacks in general were down from January to September compared to the same period last year.

Officials in Pakistan say suicide bombers have killed at least six people in an attack on a police station in the northwest. Officials say three civilians and three police officers were killed. Eight other people were wounded in the attack in Bannu. Bannu is in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The Pakistani Taliban said it carried out the attack. A spokesman said it was to answer the killing last month of a Taliban commander’s son.

Transportation officials in the United States have confirmed the death of Mexican-American singing star Jenny Rivera. She was killed in an airplane crash in Northern Mexico early Sunday. The National Transportation Safety Board says the small plane carrying Ms. Rivera and six other people crashed about 110km south of Monterey, Mexico. The United States agency says the cause of the crash is not known. It says it is sending a team of experts to help Mexico’s government with an investigation. Jenny Rivera was the mother of five children. Her work was a mix of several Latin musical styles. She had sold more than 15,000,000 records during her career.

Briefly, here again is the major news for this hour.

The United Nations Security Council has called for quick action on the crisis in Mali. European Union officials have called for international support of Syria’s newly-formed opposition coalition led by Mouaz al-Khatib. And an American government report says China is expected to become the world’s leading economic power by 2030.

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

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