VOA 1分ニュース スクリプト 12/09/19

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is taking steps to protect diplomats worldwide. Her words come as protests against the United States have spread across the world. Protesters are angry about a film made in the United States that criticizes Islam. Ms Clinton said Tuesday that officials are reviewing and strengthening security at every post. Ms Clinton said the State Department did not know that last week's attack on the American embassy in Libya was going to happen. The American ambassador and three other diplomats were killed. Ms Clinton said the Libyan government is helping American officials investigate the attacks. She said the United States will not rest until those behind the attack are found.



A suicide bomber has killed at least twelve people in an attack on a small bus carrying foreigners in Kabul. Police say nine foreign workers, their Afghan driver and two other Afghans died in the attack on Tuesday. The bomber set off a car filled with explosives near the bus on the highway to the Kabul airport. The Foreign Ministry of South Africa said eight of the dead were South Africans. The Afghan rebel group Hezb-i-Islami claimed responsibility for the attack. The group said it sent a female bomber to answer an anti-Islam movie that has incited protests around the world. And in related news, NATO confirmed to VOA that it is reducing joint operations with Afghan security forces. A series of attacks on coalition fighters has taken place in recent days.



In the United States, the Republican party's presidential candidate is explaining words he spoke to his financial supporters that were secretly video-recorded in May. Mitt Romney was shown dismissing supporters of President Obama. He said “forty-seven percent of Americans do not pay federal income taxes, but believe they should receive health care, food and housing.” He says, “They do not want to take responsibility for their lives.” After the video's release, Mr. Romney said he was trying to show his differences with the president. He said Tuesday that he should have used different words to say what he meant. And, he said he would continue to fight for smaller government.



Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says a democratic future for Burma is not guaranteed until the army fully supports the process. She was interviewed Tuesday at the Voice of America in Washington. She says she is most worried about a part of Burma's constitution that lets the army take control of the country when it believes it is necessary to do so. The constitution was written in two thousand eight by the former military leadership. She said President Thein Sein deserves credit for starting democratic reforms after taking office last year. Since then, the government has released hundreds of political prisoners. And on Monday, the government announced it will release five hundred more people who have been jailed during fifty years of military rule.



Nigerian officials say they believe Boko Haram militants killed the nation's former prison chief and the top legal official of Borno state. The men died after separate attacks late Monday. Security officials say gunmen shot former prison official Ibrahim Jarma in northern Bauchi state. Officials say Mr. Jarma was attacked after attending evening prayers at a religious center near his home in the town of Azare. Borno state government officials say armed men attacked Nigeria's attorney general Zannah Mallam Gana in his home in the town of Bama. The attacks took place hours after Nigerian troops claimed to have killed a suspected spokesperson for Boko Haram. But, there is no confirmation the spokesman has died. And, Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for the killings of the two officials.