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【整理】VOA 2008-07-02                    【整理人】yoyogo

 

 

I am John Dryden from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The African Union has adopted a resolution calling for a government of national unity in Zimbabwe following the widely-condemned reelection of President Robert Mugabe. The measure was approved Tuesday after Botswana released a tough statement which called for  Zimbabwe to be excluded from  meetings of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. Botswana's vice president said Zimbabwe's runoff election last week did not confer legitimacy on the government of President Mugabe. Diplomats at the closed meeting say the leaders of Nigeria, Liberia and  Sierra Leone  also spoke in strong terms about the election's lack of legitimacy.

 

Iraq's foreign minister says the United States has agreed to end the legal immunity of foreign security guards operating in Iraq. Hoshyar Zebari told Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday that Washington made the concession during negotiations with Baghdad on a long term security pact. U.S. officials have declined to discuss  details of the talks, but expressed  hope that a deal will be reached by the end of this month. U.S authorities have granted foreign security guards immunity from prosecution under Iraq's legal system since the 2003 invasion. Iraqi leaders have complained the guards are not being held accountable for excessive use of force against Iraqi civilians.

 

Turkey's constitutional court has begun hearing a case calling for the ruling Justice and Development Party to be shut down on the charge of undermining the secular state. The prosecutors are asking the court to disband the party and ban the prime minister and the president from politics. As Dorian Jones  reports for VOA from Istanbul, just as the case got started, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 hardline nationalists including two retired generals.

 

In a 90 minute argument before the constitutional court, Turkey's chief prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya called for the ruling Justice and Development Party, known as the AK, to be closed down. Yalcinkaya  accused the party of seeking to replace the Turkey's secular state with Sharia rule. The prosecutor was also calling for  the banning of 71 leading and former members of the party from politics, including Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul.  Political columnist Nuray Mert  says the case is creating  deep divisions in the Turkey society. "This tension will go on and on. I can not see any resolution at the moment, neither  the government takes a step back, nor the opposition, so I can not see any future of compromise." Only hours before the case opened, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 high profile government critics, including two retired generals and a leading journalist. The arrests are part of an investigation into an alleged attempt to overthrow the government. Dorian Jones, VOA news, Istanbul, Turkey.


NATO says its forces, in coordination with the Pakistani military, have beaten back a militant attack on a NATO post in Afghanistan. And a NATO statement says the fighting erupted late Monday in Afghanistan's Khost province and that  NATO forces used mortars, artillery and air strikes to push back the militants. Pakistani troops then fired on the retreating insurgents, killing several of them inside Pakistan.

 

Somalia's opposition factions are expected to soon hold face-to-face talks in Yemen. VOA's correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from Nairobi.

 

In a telephone interview from Somalia  opposition group's base in Asmara, Eritrea,  Islamist cleric Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys  tells VOA that representatives from his faction and allies of Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed  have received  permission from the Yemeni government to hold direct talks in Sana'a. Aweys says he is ready to support whatever agreement is reached between the two sides. The Islamist leader said the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, also known as ARS, requested the meeting. Aweys and other hardliners in the alliance stayed  away from the UN-sponsored peace talks in Djibouti that led to the June 9th signing of an agreement between the more moderate Ahmed and the transitional federal government. Opposition hardliners rejected the peace deal. It stipulates that the  Ethiopian troops would withdraw within 120 days if a UN stabilization force of sufficient strength  is in place to replace them. Hardliners argue the agreement should have called for Ethiopians to withdraw immediately. Alisha Ryu, VOA news, Nairobi.

 

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I am John Dryden from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The African Union has adopted a resolution calling for a government of national unity in Zimbabwe following the widely-condemned reelection of President Robert Mugabe. The measure was approved Tuesday after Botswana released a tough statement which called for  Zimbabwe to be excluded from  meetings of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. Botswana's vice president said Zimbabwe's runoff election last week did not confer legitimacy on the government of President Mugabe. Diplomats at the closed meeting say the leaders of Nigeria, Liberia and  Sierra Leone  also spoke in strong terms about the election's lack of legitimacy.

 

Iraq's foreign minister says the United States has agreed to end the legal immunity of foreign security guards operating in Iraq. Hoshyar Zebari told Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday that Washington made the concession during negotiations with Baghdad on a long term security pack. U.S. officials have declined to discuss  details of the talks, but expressed  hope that a deal will be reached by the end of this month. U.S authorities have granted foreign security guards immunity from prosecution under Iraqi legal system since the 2003 invasion. Iraqi leaders have complained the guards are not being held accountable for excessive use of force against Iraqi civilians.

 

Turkey's constitutional court has begun hearing a case calling for the ruling Justice and Development Party to be shut down on the charge of undermining the secular state. The prosecutors are asking the court to disband the party and ban the prime minister and the president from politics. As Dorian Jones  reports for VOA from Istanbul, just as the case got started, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 hardline nationalists including two retired generals.

 

In a 90 minute argument before the constitutional court, Turkey's chief prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya called for the ruling Justice and Development Party, known as AK, to be closed down. Yalcinkaya  accused the party of seeking to replace the Turkey's secular state with Sharia rule. The prosecutor was also calling for  banning  71 leading and former members of the party from politics, including Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul.  Political Columnist Nuray Mert  says the case is creating  deep divisions in the Turkey society. "This tension will go on and on. I can not see any resolution at the moment, neither  the government takes a step back, nor the opposition, so I can not see any future of compromise." Only hours before the case opened, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 high profile government critics, including two retired generals and a leading journalist. The arrests are part of an investigation to an alleged attempt to overthrow the government. Dorian Jones, VOA news, Istanbul, Turkey.


NATO says its forces, in coordination with Pakistani military, have beaten back a militant attack on a NATO post in Afghanistan. And a NATO statement says the fighting erupted late Monday in Afghanistan's Khost province and that  NATO forces used mortars, artillery and air strikes to push back the militants. Pakistani troops fired on the retreating insurgents, killing several of them inside Pakistan.

 

Somalia's opposition factions are expected to soon hold face-to-face talks in Yemen. VOA's correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from Nairobi.

 

In a telephone interview from Somalia's opposition group's base in Asmara, Eritrea,  Islamist cleric Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys  tells VOA that representatives from his faction and allies of Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed  have received  permission from the Yemeni government to hold direct talks in Sana'a. Aweys says he is ready to support whatever agreement is reached between the two sides. Islamist leader said the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, also known as ARS, requested the meeting. Aweys and other hardliners in the alliance stayed  away from the UN-sponsored peace talks in Djibouti that led to the June 9th signing of an agreement between the more moderate Ahmed and the transitional federal government. Opposition hardliners rejected the peace deal. It stipulates that the  Ethiopian troops would withdraw within 120 days if a UN stabilization force of sufficient strength  is in place to replace them. Hardliners argue the agreement should have called for Ethiopians to withdraw immediately. Alisha Ryu, VOA news, Nairobi.

(中国的事情,不贴了)

News headlines from Voice of America.

 

 

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on yoyogo

I am John Dryden from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The African Union has adopted a resolution calling for a government of national unity in Zimbabwe following the widely-condemned reelection of President Robert Mugabe. The measure was approved Tuesday after Botswana released a tough statement which called for  Zimbabwe to be excluded from  meetings of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. Botswana's vice president said Zimbabwe's runoff election last week did not confer legitimacy on the government of President Mugabe. Diplomats at the closed meeting say the leaders of Nigeria, Liberia and  Sierra Leone  also spoke in strong terms about the election's lack of legitimacy.

 

Iraq's Foreign Minister says the United States has agreed to end the legal immunity of foreign security guards operating in Iraq. Hoshyar Zebari told Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday that Washington made the concession during negotiations with Baghdad on a long term security pact. U.S. officials have declined to discuss the details of the talks, but expressed  hope that a deal will be reached by the end of this month. U.S authorities have granted foreign security guards immunity from prosecution under Iraqi legal system since the 2003 invasion. Iraqi leaders have complained the guards are not being held accountable for excessive use of force against Iraqi civilians.

 

Turkey's constitutional court has begun hearing a case calling for the ruling Justice and Development Party to be shut down on the charge of undermining the secular state. The prosecutors are asking the court to disband the party and ban the prime minister and the president from politics. As Dorian Jones  reports for VOA from Istanbul, just as the case got started, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 hardline nationalists including two retired generals.

 

In a 90-minute argument before the constitutional court, Turkey's chief prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya called for the ruling Justice and Development Party, known as AK, to be closed down. Yalcinkaya  accused the party of seeking to replace the Turkey's secular state with Sharia rule. The prosecutor was also calling for  banning  71 leading and former members of the party from politics, including Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul.  Political columnist Nuray Mert  says the case is creating  deep divisions in the Turkey society. "This tension will go on and on. I can not see any resolution at the moment, neither  the government takes a step back, nor the opposition, so I can not see any future of compromise." Only hours before the case opened, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 high profile government critics, including two retired generals and a leading journalist. The arrests are part of an investigation into an alleged attempt to overthrow the government. Dorian Jones, VOA news, Istanbul, Turkey.


NATO says its forces, in coordination with Pakistani military, have beaten back a militant attack on a NATO post in Afghanistan. And a NATO statement says the fighting erupted late Monday in Afghanistan's Khost province and that  NATO forces used mortars, artillery and air strikes to push back the militants. Pakistani troops then fired on the retreating insurgents, killing several of them inside Pakistan.

 

Somalia's opposition factions are expected to soon hold face-to-face talks in Yemen. VOA's correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from Nairobi.

 

In a telephone interview from Somalia opposition group's base in Asmara, Eritrea,  Islamist cleric Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys  tells VOA that representatives from his faction and allies of Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed  have received  permission from the Yemeni government to hold direct talks in Sana'a. Aweys says he is ready to support whatever agreement is reached between the two sides. Islamist leader said the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, also known as ARS, requested the meeting. Aweys and other hardliners in the alliance stayed  away from the UN-sponsored peace talks in Djibouti that led to the June 9th signing of an agreement between the more moderate Ahmed and the transitional federal government. Opposition hardliners rejected the peace deal. It stipulates that the  Ethiopian troops would withdraw within 120 days if a UN stabilization force of sufficient strength  is in place to replace them. Hardliners argue the agreement should have called for Ethiopians to withdraw immediately. Alisha Ryu, VOA news, Nairobi.

(中国的事情,不贴了)

News headlines from Voice of America.

 

 

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Hi, this is Catherine Call; stay to for roots and branches after the news on VOA Music Mix.

 

I am John Dryden from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The African Union has adopted a resolution calling for a government of national unity in Zimbabwe following the widely-condemned reelection of President Robert Mugabe. The measure was approved Tuesday after Botswana released a tough statement which called for Zimbabwe to be excluded from meetings of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. Botswana's Vice President said Zimbabwe's runoff election last week did not confer legitimacy on the government of President Mugabe. Diplomats at the closed meeting say the leaders of Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone also spoke in strong terms about the election's lack of legitimacy.

 

Iraq's Foreign Minister says the United States has agreed to end the legal immunity of foreign security guards operating in Iraq. Hoshyar Zebari told Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday that Washington made the concession during negotiations with Baghdad on a long term security pact. U.S. officials have declined to discuss the details of the talks, but expressed a hope that a deal will be reached by the end of this month. U.S authorities have granted foreign security guards immunity from prosecution under Iraqi legal system since the 2003 invasion. Iraqi leaders have complained the guards are not being held accountable for excessive use of force against Iraqi civilians.

 

Turkey's constitutional court has begun hearing a case calling for the ruling Justice and Development Party to be shut down on the charge of undermining the secular state. The prosecutors are asking the court to disband the party and ban the Prime Minister and the President from politics. As Dorian Jones reports for VOA from Istanbul, just as the case got started, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 hardline nationalists including two retired generals.

 

In a 90-minute argument before the constitutional court, Turkey's chief prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya called for the ruling Justice and Development Party, known as AK, to be closed down. Yalcinkaya accused the party of seeking to replace the Turkey's secular state with Sharia rule. The prosecutor was also calling for banning 71 leading and former members of the party from politics, including Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul.  Political columnist Nuray Mert says the case is creating deep divisions in the Turkey society. "This tension will go on and on. I can not see any resolution at the moment; neither the government takes a step back, or the opposition, so I can not see any future of compromise." Only hours before the case opened, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 high profile government critics, including two retired generals and a leading journalist. The arrests are part of an investigation into an alleged attempt to overthrow the government. Dorian Jones, VOA news, Istanbul, Turkey.


NATO says its forces, in coordination with Pakistani military, have beaten back a militant attack on a NATO post in Afghanistan. And a NATO statement says the fighting erupted late Monday in Afghanistan's Khost province and that NATO forces used mortars, artillery and air strikes to push back the militants. Pakistani troops then fired on the retreating insurgents, killing several of them inside Pakistan.

 

Somalia's opposition factions are expected to soon hold face-to-face talks in Yemen. VOA's correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from Nairobi.

 

In a telephone interview from Somalia opposition group's base in Asmara, Eritrea, Islamist cleric Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys tells VOA that representatives from his faction and allies of Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed have received permission from the Yemeni government to hold direct talks in Sana'a. Aweys says he is ready to support whatever agreement is reached between the two sides. The Islamist leader says the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, also known as ARS, requested the meeting. Aweys and other hardliners in the alliance stayed away from the UN-sponsored peace talks in Djibouti that led to the June 9th signing of an agreement between the more moderate Ahmed and the transitional federal government. Opposition hardliners rejected the peace deal. It stipulates that the Ethiopian troops would withdraw within 120 days if a UN stabilization force of sufficient strength  is in place to replace them. Hardliners argue the agreement should have called for Ethiopians to withdraw immediately. Alisha Ryu, VOA news, Nairobi.

 

(HR的事情,唉,过~~~

 

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Hi, this is Catherine Call; stay to for roots and branches after the news on VOA Music Mix.

 

I am John Dryden from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The African Union has adopted a resolution calling for a government of national unity in Zimbabwe following the widely-condemned reelection of President Robert Mugabe. The measure was approved Tuesday after Botswana released a tough statement which called for Zimbabwe to be excluded from meetings of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. Botswana's Vice President said Zimbabwe's runoff election last week did not confer legitimacy on the government of President Mugabe. Diplomats at the closed meeting say the leaders of Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone also spoke in strong terms about the election's lack of legitimacy.

 

Iraq's Foreign Minister says the United States has agreed to end the legal immunity of foreign security guards operating in Iraq. Hoshyar Zebari told Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday that Washington made the concession during negotiations with Baghdad on a long term security pact. U.S. officials have declined to discuss / details of the talks, but have expressed a hope that a deal will be reached by the end of this month. U.S. authorities have granted foreign security guards immunity from prosecution under Iraq’s legal system since the 2003 invasion. Iraqi leaders have complained that the guards are not being held accountable for excessive use of force against Iraqi civilians.

 

Turkey's constitutional court has begun hearing a case calling for the ruling Justice and Development Party to be shut down on the charge of undermining the secular state. The prosecutors are asking the court to disband the party and ban the Prime Minister and / President from politics. As Dorian Jones reports for VOA from Istanbul, just as the case got started, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 hardline nationalists including two retired generals.

 

In a 90-minute argument before the constitutional court, Turkey's chief prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya called for the ruling Justice and Development Party, known as the AK, to be closed down. Yalcinkaya accused the party of seeking to replace / Turkey's secular state with Sharia rule. The prosecutor was also calling for the banning of 71 leading and former members of the party from politics, including Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul.  Political columnist Nuray Mert says the case is creating deep divisions in / Turkey’s society. "This tension will go on and on. I can’t see any resolution at the moment; neither the government takes a step back, nor the opposition, so I can’t see any future of compromise." Only hours before the case opened, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 high profile government critics, including two retired generals and a leading journalist. The arrests are part of an investigation into an alleged attempt to overthrow the government. Dorian Jones, VOA news, Istanbul, Turkey.


NATO says its forces, in coordination with the Pakistani military, have beaten back a militant attack on a NATO post in Afghanistan. And a NATO statement says the fighting erupted late Monday in Afghanistan's Khost province and that NATO forces used mortars, artillery and air strikes to push back the militants. Pakistani troops then fired on the retreating insurgents, killing several of them inside Pakistan.

 

Somalia's opposition factions are expected to soon hold face-to-face talks in Yemen. VOA/ correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from Nairobi.

 

In a telephone interview from the Somalia opposition group's base in Asmara, Eritrea, Islamist cleric Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys tells VOA that representatives from his faction and allies of Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed have received permission from the Yemeni government to hold direct talks in Sana'a. Aweys says he is ready to support whatever agreement is reached between the two sides. The Islamist leader says the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, also known as ARS, requested the meeting. Aweys and other hardliners in the alliance stayed away from the UN-sponsored peace talks in Djibouti that led to the June 9th signing of an agreement between the more moderate Ahmed and the transitional federal government. Opposition hardliners rejected the peace deal. It stipulates that / Ethiopian troops would withdraw within 120 days if a UN stabilization force of sufficient strength  is in place to replace them. Hardliners argue the agreement should have called for Ethiopians to withdraw immediately. Alisha Ryu, VOA news, Nairobi.

 

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I am John Dryden from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

The African Union has adopted a resolution calling for a government of national unity in Zimbabwe following the widely-condemned reelection of President Robert Mugabe. The measure was approved Tuesday after Botswana released a tough statement which called for  Zimbabwe to be excluded from  meetings of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. Botswana's vice president said Zimbabwe's runoff election last week did not confer legitimacy on the government of President Mugabe. Diplomats at the closed meeting say the leaders of Nigeria, Liberia and  Sierra Leone  also spoke in strong terms about the election's lack of legitimacy.

 

Iraq's foreign minister says the United States has agreed to end the legal immunity of foreign security guards operating in Iraq. Hoshyar Zebari told Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday that Washington made the concession during negotiations with Baghdad on a long term security pact. U.S. officials have declined to discuss  details of the talks, but expressed  hope that a deal will be reached by the end of this month. U.S authorities have granted foreign security guards immunity from prosecution under Iraq's legal system since the 2003 invasion. Iraqi leaders have complained the guards are not being held accountable for excessive use of force against Iraqi civilians.

 

Turkey's constitutional court has begun hearing a case calling for the ruling Justice and Development Party to be shut down on the charge of undermining the secular state. The prosecutors are asking the court to disband the party and ban the prime minister and the president from politics. As Dorian Jones  reports for VOA from Istanbul, just as the case got started, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 hardline nationalists including two retired generals.

 

In a 90 minute argument before the constitutional court, Turkey's chief prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya called for the ruling Justice and Development Party, known as the AK, to be closed down. Yalcinkaya  accused the party of seeking to replace the Turkey's secular state with Sharia rule. The prosecutor was also calling for  the banning of 71 leading and former members of the party from politics, including Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul.  Political columnist Nuray Mert  says the case is creating  deep divisions in the Turkey society. "This tension will go on and on. I can not see any resolution at the moment, neither  the government takes a step back, nor the opposition, so I can not see any future of compromise." Only hours before the case opened, Turkish authorities arrested more than 20 high profile government critics, including two retired generals and a leading journalist. The arrests are part of an investigation into an alleged attempt to overthrow the government. Dorian Jones, VOA news, Istanbul, Turkey.


NATO says its forces, in coordination with the Pakistani military, have beaten back a militant attack on a NATO post in Afghanistan. And a NATO statement says the fighting erupted late Monday in Afghanistan's Khost province and that  NATO forces used mortars, artillery and air strikes to push back the militants. Pakistani troops then fired on the retreating insurgents, killing several of them inside Pakistan.

 

Somalia's opposition factions are expected to soon hold face-to-face talks in Yemen. VOA's correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from Nairobi.

 

In a telephone interview from Somalia  opposition group's base in Asmara, Eritrea,  Islamist cleric Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys  tells VOA that representatives from his faction and allies of Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed  have received  permission from the Yemeni government to hold direct talks in Sana'a. Aweys says he is ready to support whatever agreement is reached between the two sides. The Islamist leader said the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, also known as ARS, requested the meeting. Aweys and other hardliners in the alliance stayed  away from the UN-sponsored peace talks in Djibouti that led to the June 9th signing of an agreement between the more moderate Ahmed and the transitional federal government. Opposition hardliners rejected the peace deal. It stipulates that the  Ethiopian troops would withdraw within 120 days if a UN stabilization force of sufficient strength  is in place to replace them. Hardliners argue the agreement should have called for Ethiopians to withdraw immediately. Alisha Ryu, VOA news, Nairobi.

 

News headlines from Voice of America.

 

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