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【整理】SENEWS-2004-0803-2330

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It is 23:30 Universal Time, I'm Ricard Rael reporting from Washington.

[1] At least 4 Iraqi national guards men were killed Tuesday when a bomb exploded near the Iraqi city of Baquba. Six others were wounded. Earlier, a bomb explosion in Baghdad killed a local police chief and wounded two other officials. The United States military says that another bomb explosion in Baghdad killed two American soldiers. Also the military reports that two United States marines have died in fighting since Monday west of Baghdad. United States officials also say resistance fighters bombed an oil pipeline in northern Iraq.

[2] In the United States a military court is deciding if there should be a military trial for an army soldier Lynndie England. Ms England appears in pictures taken at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. Some pictures show her with Iraqi prisoners who had been forced to remove their clothing. Lawyers for Ms England say she was acting on orders from military officers. A court could sentence her to 38 years in prison if she is found guilty of violating the rights of prisoners and guilty of such war wrong doing.

[3] British police have arrested 13 men across Britain suspected of planning terrorist attacks. A police statement said the arrests came after an intelligence operation near and around London and in the Lancashire area. Police said the men are suspected of preparing, inciting or doing terrorist acts. The suspects are said to be in their 20s or 30s in age. No other information was available.

[4] Pakistani officials say two more high level members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group have been arrested. Pakistan's interior minister said the two men are from Africa. But he gave no other details. The Associated Press reports that the United States offered several million dollars for the capture of one of the suspects. Media reports of several other arrests linked to Al-Qaeda could not be confirmed.

[5] Indian officials say an underground passageway near a large electric power project in northern Uttaranchal state has fallen. At least 11 workers have been killed. Rescuers say workers are still trapped in the passage near the Tehri dam. The number of trapped workers is not clear. Indian officials say more than 50 people may have been inside the passageway when it fell down late Monday. Officials are still investigating the cause of the accident. The press Trust of India said officials believe it was caused by the rise of water levels of a nearby river.

[6] Japanese media report that the country is planning to give North Korea about 45,000,000 dollars worth of food and medical aid by the end of this year. Local media report the Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is carrying out plans made in May with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Reports say the Japanese Cabinet will study the aid plan on Tuesday.

This is news in Special English on the Voice of America.

[7] An explosion near an Israeli military vehicle has killed at least three Palestinians in southern Gaza. Two of those killed appeared to have set off the explosives. At least ten other people were wounded. In other news, some Palestinians say they will carry out daily attacks against the Israeli town of Sderot unless Israeli forces leave the Palestinian town of Beit Hanun. In a separate development, the United Nations World Food Programs says it will provide food to the Palestinian territories for another years. The program will help almost 500,000 Palestinians and cost about 41 million dollars.

[8] Saudi officials say a man from Ireland was killed in his office Tuesday in the city of Riyadh. The officials say they do know why he was killed. They did not identify the victim. Recently, militants linked to al-Qaeda have been attacking citizens of western countries in an effort to cause terror in Saudi Arabia.

[9] Officials in Sudan say they will send in one thousand extra police to the Darfur area. They say 5,000 Sudanese troops are already in Darfur. The Ministry of Information in Sudan reportedly says the government will send 12,000 troops to Darfur if they are needed. Sudanese Arab fighters are accused of killing many citizens in Darfur. The United Nations Security Council has told Sudan to disarm the fighters within 30 days or face economic or diplomatic actions. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the Sudanese government has hurt the international community and must act.

[10] Members of an independent committee have repeated calls for major changes in the United States intelligence system. The committee investigated the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. The members spoke to a House of representative's committee Tuesday in Washington. The independent committee's proposal included creating the position of director of national intelligence and creating a national counter terrorism center. On Monday President Bush said he supports the proposal to create the new position. But he said the new official should not have direct control of all intelligence budgets.

[11] American officials say a recent terror warning is based mainly on information collected by al-Qaeda before the 2001 terrorist attacks. They say much of the information about the five financial centers in New York and Washington is two to three years old. But the officials said the threat is still serious. They defended the decision to carry out new security measures.

Again the hour's top news in brief. At least four Iraqi national guards men and one police chief have been killed in bomb explosions in Iraq. British police have arrested 13 men across Britain suspected of planning terrorist attacks. And Indian officials say an undergrond passageway near a large electric power project in the northern Uttaranchal State has fallen, at least 11 people were killed.

This has been Richard Rael reporting.
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