2015-12-9 11:33



From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Dave DeForest reporting.

A camera on a Jerusalem religious site: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday adding video surveillance to the Temple Mount site in Jerusalem, referred to by Muslims as Noble Sanctuary, is in Israel's best interest. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday Israel and Jordan agreed on specific steps to help reduce the violence, including the video monitoring.
"...to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites on the Temple Mount--Haara Sharif. This will provide comprehensive visibility and transparency." John Kerry.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday eliminating the threat of (what he called) terrorists in his country, would lead to the political solution of the civil war there. Assad met with a group of Russian lawmakers and other officials in Damascus.

Tanzanians went to the polls Sunday to elect a new president and parliament. Voting was peaceful in the capital and appeared to run smoothly, with no incidents of violence or unrest.

A video posted online Sunday reportedly shows the joint U.S. and Peshmerga raid on an Islamic State prison in northern Iraq last week that freed 69 hostages. In the two-minute video shared by the Kurdistan Regional Security Council, several commandos in uniform are seen leading a group of men quickly between rooms as non-stop gunfire crackles nearby. A man can be heard to shout in Arabic "hurry!" Iraqi Security Force members were among the hostages freed from the prison in Hawijah, west of Kirkuk. This is VOA news.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has apologized for what he calls "mistakes" made during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In an interview with CNN, Blair also cites the invasion as a trigger for current conflicts in the region, including the rise of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. While critical of the flawed information on weapons of mass destruction that led to the invasion, Blair said he finds it hard to apologize for removing Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

European leaders meeting in Brussels are considering sending 400 border guards and setting up new checkpoints if the EU's frontier states drop their policy of giving migrants passage to other countries. A draft statement also broached the possibility of deploying more ships off the coast of Greece and agreeing not to send migrants from one country to another without prior agreement. On the sidelines of a summit Sunday, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic--who had earlier called for a comprehensive solution to the migrant crisis--asked a question that still has not been answered.

"The question was, what we will do with those people if those people wouldn't like to stay in all our countries? Are we going to put them in jail? I suppose not. And that's a key issue and that's a key problem for all of us."
Sunday's meeting is the latest in a series of top-level EU meetings.

People in Poland voted Sunday in parliamentary elections, choosing 460 lawmakers in the lower house of parliament and 100 in the Senate. Based on an exit poll, it appears the opposition Law and Justice party has gained a big victory, with enough seats in parliament to govern alone. That’s Ewa Kopacz, she’s Poland's outgoing prime minister conceding defeat and thanking her supporters.

Ivory Coast held the first round of a presidential elections Sunday. President Alassane Ouattara, widely expected to win, says he wants a "first-round knockout" victory.

Argentines voted in elections to choose their next president, the successor to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Early returns show candidate Daniel Scioli, Fernandez's chosen successor, in the lead, but it is not clear if he has enough votes to avoid a runoff.

Guatemalans are voted in a presidential run-off election, as a former TV comedian with no political experience is poised to win office after a corruption scandal toppled the country's last leader and fueled voter outrage with the political establishment.
From the VOA news center in Washington, I’m Dave DeForest. That’s the latest world news from VOA.
parliamentary :议会的
invasion :侵略,入侵
trigger :导火索

civil war :内战













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