VOA 1分ニュース スクリプト 12/06/06

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Fighting between government troops and opposition forces in Syria is ending hopes that diplomats can save a ceasefire agreement. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the most recent fighting took place in western Latakia province in the city of Haffeh and nearby villages. Rebel forces had seized several police stations there. On Tuesday, Syria told diplomats from the United States, Britain, France and Turkey to leave. Some diplomats had already left as a protest against actions of the Syrian government.



American officials say an attack by a pilotless plane in Pakistan has struck and killed the second most important leader of al-Qaida. Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in the airstrike in the North Waziristan area of Pakistan. Pakistani officials said the attack in the town of Khassu Khel killed at least fifteen people. The Pakistani Foreign Minister said the attack violated international law and Pakistani independence. Pakistan has repeatedly asked the United States to stop the drone attacks. American defense officials say the attacks are important in the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban. Pakistan closed a supply road for NATO coalition troops going to Afghanistan as a protest against the drone attacks. A high-level American defense official is meeting with Pakistani leaders this week to resolve the problem.



American officials say they will no longer pay for a twenty-million-dollar effort in Pakistan to develop a local version of the Sesame Street children's show. The American embassy in Islamabad would not give details about the decision to VOA. Tuesday's announcement comes after accusations of corruption against the local Pakistani puppet theater working on the project. Accusations of severe financial wrongdoing were published in a report in the Pakistan Today newspaper. The leader of the Faizaan Peerzada puppet theater denied the accusations. Rafi Peer says his group would begin to prepare the second season of broadcasts later this month.



American officials say United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will urge India to be more active in helping Afghanistan. Mr. Panetta arrived in New Delhi Tuesday for talks with Indian officials. He met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and India's national security adviser. Mr. Panetta is to make a policy speech Wednesday in New Delhi. India has provided two billion dollars in aid to Afghanistan and last October the two countries signed an agreement for stronger security and economic links. India is also helping Afghan security forces prepare for the withdrawal of international troops which is to happen by the end of twenty fourteen.



People in the American state of Wisconsin are voting to decide if their governor should be removed from office. More than one million voters in the state called for the election. The most recent public opinion study shows Governor Scott Walker with a small lead over his opponent, Tom Barrett, the mayor of the city of Milwaukee. Mr. Walker defeated Mr. Barrett in the two thousand ten election for the governor's office. Earlier in his term, Governor Walker signed a bill into law that restricted the labor rights of most government workers. This angered many voters. Democrats and Republicans from across the country have given money and help to the campaigns of the two men. Mr. Walker is a Republican. He has raised thirty million dollars. Mr. Barrett, a Democrat, has raised four million dollars. Early results are expected later Tuesday.