VOA 1分ニュース スクリプト 11/10/26

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The number of people confirmed dead from the earthquake in Turkey has risen to four hundred thirty-two. At least, one thousand three hundred others were injured. Many people are still trapped under the wreckage. Thousands have lost their homes. Nearly ninety countries have offered to help Turkey but Turkey has accepted help only from Iran and Azerbaijan. Those nations share border with the area affected by the earthquake.



Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas say they have reached an agreement to free an Israeli soldier held in the Gaza Strip. In exchange, Israel will free more than one thousand Palestinian prisoners. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the Egyptian-negotiated agreement late Tuesday. He said if all goes as planned Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit should be home within days. The soldier was captured in June of two thousand six. Hamas leader Khaled Meshel confirmed a deal had been reached. News of the deal set off wild celebrations in Gaza and other areas. Israel's top security official denied reports that the most famous Palestinian prisoner, Marwan Barghouti would be included in the exchange.



Yemen's government and troops loyal to a former general have declared a ceasefire. Officials from both sides confirmed the agreement on Tuesday. People living in one area of Sana'a reported hearing explosions and gunfire after the time the ceasefire was to have begun. Several earlier truce agreements failed. Separately, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh reportedly said he supports a plan for him to surrender power. The United States says Mr. Saleh made the comment to the American ambassador in Sana'a. On Monday, the President said he is ready to talk about agreements for him to leave office.



European leaders are working to finalize a plan to prevent the continent's government debt problems from spreading. The plan calls for European banks to forgive billions of dollars of debt owed by Greece. It also calls for European banks to build up their own cash reserves. Finally, the plan calls for Europe to prepare to help other financially troubled countries in the future. Reaching final agreement on the plan has been difficult. European leaders have promised to complete the plan when they meet in Brussels on Wednesday.



A Tibetan exile group says another Tibetan Buddhist set himself on fire in southwestern China. He is the tenth Buddhist to set himself on fire in Sichuan province area this year. The religious workers have been protesting Chinese rule in the area. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said the latest protest took place at the Kandze monastery, where monks live. The earlier protests took place at another monastery about one hundred fifty kilometers away. Witnesses said the monk, Dawa Tsering, called for the return of the Dalai Lama from exile and the reunification of the Tibetan people. His condition was not reported.