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NPR 2008-10-19

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President Bush is conferring at Camp David with the presidents of France and the European Commission about the global financial crisis, and plans for a summit of world leaders to be held in the US in the coming weeks. NPR's Curt1 Nickisch has more.

President Bush says he will host a meeting of both developed and developing nations in the near future. "And together we will work to strengthen and modernize2 our nation's financial systems, so we can help ensure that this crisis doesn't happen again." Mr. Bush made the comments before a meeting at Camp David with the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. They have been lobbying the US to back European measures to restructure the global financial system. Mr. Sarkozy spoke3 through a translator. "We believe in the ability of the American people to come up with the answers the world is waiting for, is expecting." President Bush says any reshaping of global financial rules should still safeguard the free market system. Curt Nickisch, NPR News.

The presidential candidates are campaigning in battleground states today and exchanging verbal jabs over tax cut proposals. Democrat4 Barack Obama says his GOP rival John McCain would focus tax cuts on the wealthy, which Obama says has not worked. "For eight years, we've seen what happens when we put the extremely wealthy and well-connected ahead of working people. Now John McCain thinks, that's, the way to rebuild this economy, to double down on George Bush's policy of giving more and more tax breaks to those at the very top, in the false hope that it will all trickle5 down on the rest of you." Obama speaking in St. Louis. McCain said Obama's tax proposal would redistribute wealth along the lines of socialist6 leaders in Europe. "America didn't become the greatest nation on earth by giving our money to the government to spread the wealth around." McCain speaking in North Carolina today.

The speaker of Iran's parliament is urging the US and other nations to find a diplomatic solution to the showdown over his country's nuclear program. Lisa Schlein reports from Geneva.

The US and other western powers accuse Iran of wanting to develop an atom bomb. Ali Larijani says Iran's nuclear program is strictly7 for peaceful purposes. He says his country will not give in to threats. He criticizes the United States and Britain for going hastily to the UN Security Council to ask for additional sanctions upon Iran. He speaks through an interpreter. "Of course, the substance of this, the content of this resolution is, to a large extent, very scandalous." In June, western powers offered Iran a series of diplomatic and economic incentives8, in return for its promise to suspend uranium enrichment. Iran ignored an ultimatum9 for a clear response to their offer. Tehran says it won't be pressured by deadlines. Lisa Schlein reporting.

This is NPR News from Washington.

Police searching for a six-year-old Las Vegas boy who was kidnapped Wednesday are questioning two persons of interest in the case. One is the boy's grandfather, and they are seeking a third, a Mexican national. The boy was taken at gunpoint by men posing as police officers. Las Vegas Police Captain Vincent Cannito says investigators10 using search warrants have seized a good deal of evidence. "In addition to some of the other evidence that has been collected and has been analyzed11, we have recovered a large amount of cash, through some of these search warrants." Investigators believe the grandfather may have stolen millions of dollars from people involved in a Mexican drug ring and the abduction may have been a message to him.

Canada has become the first nation to begin the process of banning plastic baby bottles that contain a chemical known as BPA for short. As Dan Karpenchuk reports BPA is used in a wide range of products, including bottles and automobile12 interiors.


Researchers say Bisphenol A is especially dangerous for infants and fetuses13; prolonged exposure can lead to heart disease, diabetes14, or liver problems. Tests have also shown it can lead to cancer or infertility15 in animals. Canada's Health and Environment Departments now say Ottawa would move to ban the sale, importation and advertising16 of plastic baby bottles made with BPA. Six month ago, it began the first stage by saying BPA would be declared a toxic17 substance. The chemical is used to make plastics hard and shatter-proof such as large water-cooler bottles, but tests have shown BPA can leach18 into food and beverages19 when it is heated. The health minister notes that levels of BPA that most adults are exposed to are not harmful, but environmental activists20 argue that studies indicate the need for a complete ban on the chemical used in consumer products. For NPR News, I'm Dan Karpenchuk in Toronto.


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1 curt omjyx     
adj.简短的,草率的
参考例句:
  • He gave me an extremely curt answer.他对我作了极为草率的答复。
  • He rapped out a series of curt commands.他大声发出了一连串简短的命令。
2 modernize SEixp     
vt.使现代化,使适应现代的需要
参考例句:
  • It was their manifest failure to modernize the country's industries.他们使国家进行工业现代化,明显失败了。
  • There is a pressing need to modernise our electoral system.我们的选举制度迫切需要现代化。
3 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
参考例句:
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
4 democrat Xmkzf     
n.民主主义者,民主人士;民主党党员
参考例句:
  • The Democrat and the Public criticized each other.民主党人和共和党人互相攻击。
  • About two years later,he was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter.大约两年后,他被民主党人杰米卡特击败。
5 trickle zm2w8     
vi.淌,滴,流出,慢慢移动,逐渐消散
参考例句:
  • The stream has thinned down to a mere trickle.这条小河变成细流了。
  • The flood of cars has now slowed to a trickle.汹涌的车流现在已经变得稀稀拉拉。
6 socialist jwcws     
n.社会主义者;adj.社会主义的
参考例句:
  • China is a socialist country,and a developing country as well.中国是一个社会主义国家,也是一个发展中国家。
  • His father was an ardent socialist.他父亲是一个热情的社会主义者。
7 strictly GtNwe     
adv.严厉地,严格地;严密地
参考例句:
  • His doctor is dieting him strictly.他的医生严格规定他的饮食。
  • The guests were seated strictly in order of precedence.客人严格按照地位高低就座。
8 incentives 884481806a10ef3017726acf079e8fa7     
激励某人做某事的事物( incentive的名词复数 ); 刺激; 诱因; 动机
参考例句:
  • tax incentives to encourage savings 鼓励储蓄的税收措施
  • Furthermore, subsidies provide incentives only for investments in equipment. 更有甚者,提供津贴仅是为鼓励增添设备的投资。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
9 ultimatum qKqz7     
n.最后通牒
参考例句:
  • This time the proposal was couched as an ultimatum.这一次该提议是以最后通牒的形式提出来的。
  • The cabinet met today to discuss how to respond to the ultimatum.内阁今天开会商量如何应对这道最后通牒。
10 investigators e970f9140785518a87fc81641b7c89f7     
n.调查者,审查者( investigator的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • This memo could be the smoking gun that investigators have been looking for. 这份备忘录可能是调查人员一直在寻找的证据。
  • The team consisted of six investigators and two secretaries. 这个团队由六个调查人员和两个秘书组成。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 analyzed 483f1acae53789fbee273a644fdcda80     
v.分析( analyze的过去式和过去分词 );分解;解释;对…进行心理分析
参考例句:
  • The doctors analyzed the blood sample for anemia. 医生们分析了贫血的血样。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The young man did not analyze the process of his captivation and enrapturement, for love to him was a mystery and could not be analyzed. 这年轻人没有分析自己蛊惑著迷的过程,因为对他来说,爱是个不可分析的迷。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 automobile rP1yv     
n.汽车,机动车
参考例句:
  • He is repairing the brake lever of an automobile.他正在修理汽车的刹车杆。
  • The automobile slowed down to go around the curves in the road.汽车在路上转弯时放慢了速度。
13 fetuses eae25b106f4ed68558631a5bf44c9293     
n.胎,胎儿( fetus的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • DNA was extracted from fetuses at mid-gestation, about 10 days past conception. DNA从受孕大约10天后的中期妊娠胚胎中提取。 来自互联网
  • Brucellosis is a disease that causes fetuses to abort in cattle. 普鲁士菌病是一种可以导致牲畜胎儿夭折的疾病。 来自互联网
14 diabetes uPnzu     
n.糖尿病
参考例句:
  • In case of diabetes, physicians advise against the use of sugar.对于糖尿病患者,医生告诫他们不要吃糖。
  • Diabetes is caused by a fault in the insulin production of the body.糖尿病是由体內胰岛素分泌失调引起的。
15 infertility 37ExE     
n.不肥沃,不毛;不育
参考例句:
  • It is the Geneva, Switzerland-based Biotech Company's second recombinant infertility drug. 它是瑞士生物技术公司在日内瓦的公司生产的第二种重组治疗不孕症的药。 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 生物技术制药疫苗
  • Endometritis is a cause of infertility. 子宫内膜炎是不育的原子。 来自辞典例句
16 advertising 1zjzi3     
n.广告业;广告活动 a.广告的;广告业务的
参考例句:
  • Can you give me any advice on getting into advertising? 你能指点我如何涉足广告业吗?
  • The advertising campaign is aimed primarily at young people. 这个广告宣传运动主要是针对年轻人的。
17 toxic inSwc     
adj.有毒的,因中毒引起的
参考例句:
  • The factory had accidentally released a quantity of toxic waste into the sea.这家工厂意外泄漏大量有毒废物到海中。
  • There is a risk that toxic chemicals might be blasted into the atmosphere.爆炸后有毒化学物质可能会进入大气层。
18 leach uxCyN     
v.分离,过滤掉;n.过滤;过滤器
参考例句:
  • Liquid water can leach soluble materials from the interface.液态水能够从界面溶解出可溶性物质。
  • They believe that the humic materials are leached from decaying plant materials.他们认为腐植物料是从腐烂的植物体浸沥而来。
19 beverages eb693dc3e09666bb339be2c419d0478e     
n.饮料( beverage的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • laws governing the sale of alcoholic beverages 控制酒类销售的法规
  • regulations governing the sale of alcoholic beverages 含酒精饮料的销售管理条例
20 activists 90fd83cc3f53a40df93866d9c91bcca4     
n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • His research work was attacked by animal rights activists . 他的研究受到了动物权益维护者的抨击。
  • Party activists with lower middle class pedigrees are numerous. 党的激进分子中有很多出身于中产阶级下层。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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