Tunisian Officials: 22 People Killed in Museum Attack
Reports from Tunisia say more than 20 people are confirmed dead following an attack in the capital, Tunis. Gunmen fired on visitors to the Bardo Museum,near the parliament building.
Among the dead are 17 tourists from four European countries: Poland, Italy,Germany and Spain. More than 20 others were injured.
Two of the gunmen were killed when security forces moved in to stop the shooting. The country's prime minister said two security force members werekilled during the operation.
Rescue workers evacuate children, left, and adults after gunmen opened fire at the Bardo museum in Tunisia's capital, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Tunis. (AP Photo/Ali Ben Salah)
Israel announces election result
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will do everything in hispower to guarantee the “well-being and security” of all Israeli citizens. Mr.Netanyahu spoke during a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
On Tuesday, his Likud Party won the largest number ofseats in Israel’s parliamentary election. Nearly all of theballots have been counted. Likud won 30 of the 120 seats in parliament. The party captured six more seats than its main opponent, the Zionist Union.
A union of four Arab-led parties called the Joint Listfinished in third place, with 14 seats. Its electoral success will give Israel’s Arab minority influence in parliament for the first time.
Nigerian army still searching for kidnapped girls
The Nigerian army says it has found no evidence of the more than 200schoolgirls kidnapped last year by Boko Haram militants. The army statement comes after troops seized many towns formerly under the control of the militants.
The chief of Nigeria’s Army Staff told reporters the army has been asking
Israel Election Results, 99% votes counted, March 18, 2015
about the girls in all the recaptured towns. But he said those questioned, in his words, “have not made any comments suggesting the Chibok girls were there and taken away.”
Boko Haram kidnapped the girls from a secondary school in the town ofChibok nearly a year ago. The incident led to strong international criticism of the militants and intense criticism of the Nigerian government for failing toprotect or find the girls.
Death threats against U.S. officials in Japan are investigated
Japanese police say they are investigating death threats against two UnitedStates diplomats. The two are Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and AlfredMagleby, the top U.S. official in Okinawa.
Police officials were reported as saying the threats were made in telephonecalls to the U.S. embassy. News of the threats came as the wife of PresidentBarack Obama, Michelle Obama, arrived in Japan. The threats follow anattack earlier this month on the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, MarkLippert.
Vanuatu struggles to recover from storm damage
Workers are transporting emergency supplies to areas far from population centers in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
A woman carrying her baby walks past fallen trees on the southern island of Tanna, where residents told relief workers they were running low on food and other basic supplies, March 18, 2015.
A powerful storm, Cyclone Pam, hit the country lastweek. Since then, poor weather conditions andcommunications issues have slowed the arrival of aid.They have also prevented officials from judging theamount of damage.
This newscast was based on stories from VOA’s NewsDivision. George Grow wrote it for Learning English. Jim Tedder was theeditor.
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symbolize – v., to stand for something; to be a symbol for something
liberal – adj., not opposed to new ideas or ways of behaving that are nottraditional or widely accepted
tolerance – n., the ability to deal with or accept something, including behavioror opinions that one does not agree with
controversial – adj., relating to or causing much discussion, disagreement, or argument
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