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[Homework]BBC 2010-04-17

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BCC News with Fiona McDonald.

Financial regulators in the United States have accused the investment  bank Goldman Sachs of fraud related to the collapse of the American  housing market in 2007. The securies and exchange commission is taking  civil actions against the bank. Michelle Fleury sent this report from  the floor, the New York Stock Exchange.

The Securities and Exchange Commission alleges the bank thousand  investors a financial product based on subprime mortgages that was  designed to lose value. Goldman Sachs has denied the allegations and  says it will defend the firm and its reputation. This is the frist time  that the US government has explicitly accused one of Wall Street’s  premier institutions of fraud relating to the collapse of the US housing  market.

The prime minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva’s put the head of the  army in charge of national security as he finds the campaign by  opposition protesters demanding that he step down. Mr Abhisit made his  decision hours after the security forces publicly failed to arrest  leaders of the rallies that have paralyzed parts of the capital Bangkok  for weeks. Clashes last week during protests left more than 20 people  dead. From Bangkok, here is Rachel Harvey.

The Prime Minister said he was appointing the head of the armed force  General Anupong to take charge of national security in order to  streamline operations. A government spokesman contacted it by the BBC  said the general would be better able to deal with what he called the  terrorists thread. He now has the power to make decisions directly, the  spokesman said. The move comes amid fever speculation that the security  forces might be planning another operation to evict protesters from the  site that currently occupying in the commercial heart of Bangkok.

Aviation experts have warned that a drifting cloud of volcanic ash from  Iceland will continue to cripple air transport over much of Europe at  the weekend. The European air traffic agency said there would be further  significant disruption, Britain has extended the closure of much of its  airspace until midday on Saturday. The international air transport  association said the disruption wais costing airline more than 200m  dollars a day.

The number of people known to have died in the earthquake in northwest  China has risen to more than 1,100 with over 400 others still missing.  Rescuers fear the figures likely to rise again. Heavy earth moving  equipment has been used in the search for trapped survivors. In the  worst hit town of Jiegu, a / local official told the BBC that they badly  needed supplies.

The security situation is good in the town, there is no looting or  rioting. Security forces are out on patrol. The main priority for us is  relief work, to rescue people. We urgently need tents and food, and  drinking water, we urgently need these supplies.

World News from the BBC.

A BBC investigation has found that months before a Georgian luger  crashed and died during a training section at this year’s Vancouver  Winter Olympics, several top athletes warned the organizers that the  lugian bobsleigh track were dangerous. Olympic officials initially said  the dead of the luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was down to human area.  Rebecca reports.

21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed when he  crashed on a final band during training. He was throwing from the track  at more than 100km/h and collided with a steel pillar. Test athletes in  all three of the sliding sports, bobsleigh, skeleton and luge say they  told organizers the track was too fast, too difficult and that less  experience athletes would be most vulnerable to accidents. A spokesman  for the international bobsleigh federation told the BBBC that some  changes were made in response to concerns and that safety of athletes  were absolutely paramount.

Italy said two of its citizens who were kidnapped last year in  Mauritania by al-Qaeda have been freed. The Italian government said the  hostages were released after intense to diplomacy and were being taken  to a safe place.

Reports from Iran say the former president Mohammad Khatami had been  barred from leaving the country to attend a nuclear disarmament  conference in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Mr Khatami’s lawyer told  the BBC that there’d been on legal order but Mr Khatami had decided not  to travel after receiving what he called official advice to cancel his  trip.

And finanly while volcanic ash from Iceland is causing unprecedented  disruption to air travel across Europe, a taxi driver in Moscow has seen  it as a business opportunity. He’s offering to drive people to any  location in Europe for a fee of 1,300 dollars. He said that for a  person who really wanted to get somewhere, then that was a reasonable  prize to ask.

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