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NPR 2008-11-10

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President-elect Barack Obama's choice for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says Senator Obama will push for a middle class tax cut soon after taking office. President Bush welcomes the President-elect and Mrs. Obama to the White House tomorrow. One of the leaders of Senator Obama's transition team Valerie Jarrett says there is a solid commitment to make the transfer of power as smooth as possible. "We will be looking to be efficient, transparent1, bipartisan. We want the American people to understand the transition and how we are moving forward in the days and weeks ahead. Jarrett was on NBC's Meet the Press.

Meeting today at Red Sea resort in Egypt, international mediators pledged support for Israeli and Palestinian efforts to continue with peace talks that so far have shown few tangible2 results. From Sharm El-Sheikh, NPR's Eric Westervelt has the story.

It's been clear for some time that the Quartet, the UN, the EU, Russia and US will fail to reach the goal of sealing a peace agreement by year's end as outlined at the US-sponsored Annapolis Summit one year ago. Today the Quartet endorsed3 continuity of the process, and Israeli and Palestinian leaders pledged to continue bi-lateral talks. Quartet Mid-East envoy4 Tony Blair today urged the incoming Obama administration to make negotiations5 a priority from the start. "So there's a foundation it can be built on, and it has to be built on by treating this issue as of fundamental importance, not just to this region, but to the world from the first day of the next administration. " It's not clear if the process begun at Annapolis will survive upcoming national elections in Israel and ongoing6 internal disarray7 among Palestinians. Eric Westervelt, NPR News, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The United Nations says there's been new fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo forcing thousands more people to flee the area. Doctors there are struggling to contain an outbreak of cholera8 in one of the sprawling9 refugee camps near Goma. More from NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.

Thousands of worshipers packed church services to pray for peace in eastern Congo, they were also mourning the execution of apparently10 defenseless civilians11 by Tutsi rebels and rival pro-government militiamen. The UN peacekeeping chief in Congo Alan Doss has blamed both groups and condemned12 the killings14. "We remind all concerned that under international humanitarian15 law, these actions will be considered as war crimes. " As medical relief agencies raced to curb16 growing numbers of choleraic cases around Goma, the strategic provincial17 capital, more civilians were fleeing yet another outbreak of fighting. This time the latest battlefront is in Gongo, 40 miles west of Goma, but outside the immediate18 conflict zone in the east. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton. NPR News, Harare.

Work crews in Cuba are trying to restore power and fix damage caused by Hurricane Paloma which has now been downgraded to tropical storm status. The storm caused damage across the eastern part of the island but not the widespread devastation19 seen after hurricanes Gustav and Ike. This is NPR News.

African leaders meeting in Johannesburg say Zimbabwe's rival political factions20 should share control of the Police Ministry21 as part of the effort to form a unity22 government. Then the leaders said both factions should focus on the country's economic crisis. Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and opposition23 leader Morgan Tsvangirai signed a power-sharing deal in September, but the pact24 has stalled over the allocation of cabinet posts.

Police in Haiti have arrested the owner of a school building that collapsed26 killing13 at least 88 people, most of them school children. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports.

Search and Rescue teams from the US and France in addition to Haitian authorities continued to comb the wreckage27 looking for survivors28 and extracting the dead. The school collapsed on Friday during a party. Officials say there may have been 500 children on the premises29 when the building crumbled30. On Saturday, rescuers pulled 4 students from the rubble31 alive. The head of civil protection for the region told the Associated Press that in addition to the dead, 150 people were injured and many more remained missing. Haitian President Rene Preval toured the disaster site on Saturday, afterwards he attributed the school's collapse25 to shoddy construction, and he said it is a problem that plagues buildings throughout his country. Jason Beaubien, NPR News, Mexico City.

There's been no letup in the plunging32 gasoline prices. Over the past two weeks, prices at the pump fell 48 cents a gallon on average nationally to $2. 30 for self-service regular. Industry analyst33 Trobi Lambert says there are two key reasons for the sharp decline. "What we have is much lower crude oil prices, and shrinking U. S. gasoline demand. " But Lambert says gas prices may level off now unless crude oil prices fall further.


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1 transparent Smhwx     
adj.明显的,无疑的;透明的
参考例句:
  • The water is so transparent that we can see the fishes swimming.水清澈透明,可以看到鱼儿游来游去。
  • The window glass is transparent.窗玻璃是透明的。
2 tangible 4IHzo     
adj.有形的,可触摸的,确凿的,实际的
参考例句:
  • The policy has not yet brought any tangible benefits.这项政策还没有带来任何实质性的好处。
  • There is no tangible proof.没有确凿的证据。
3 endorsed a604e73131bb1a34283a5ebcd349def4     
vt.& vi.endorse的过去式或过去分词形式v.赞同( endorse的过去式和过去分词 );在(尤指支票的)背面签字;在(文件的)背面写评论;在广告上说本人使用并赞同某产品
参考例句:
  • The committee endorsed an initiative by the chairman to enter discussion about a possible merger. 委员会通过了主席提出的新方案,开始就可能进行的并购进行讨论。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The government has broadly endorsed a research paper proposing new educational targets for 14-year-olds. 政府基本上支持建议对14 岁少年实行新教育目标的研究报告。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 envoy xoLx7     
n.使节,使者,代表,公使
参考例句:
  • Their envoy showed no sign of responding to our proposals.他们的代表对我方的提议毫无回应的迹象。
  • The government has not yet appointed an envoy to the area.政府尚未向这一地区派过外交官。
5 negotiations af4b5f3e98e178dd3c4bac64b625ecd0     
协商( negotiation的名词复数 ); 谈判; 完成(难事); 通过
参考例句:
  • negotiations for a durable peace 为持久和平而进行的谈判
  • Negotiations have failed to establish any middle ground. 谈判未能达成任何妥协。
6 ongoing 6RvzT     
adj.进行中的,前进的
参考例句:
  • The problem is ongoing.这个问题尚未解决。
  • The issues raised in the report relate directly to Age Concern's ongoing work in this area.报告中提出的问题与“关心老人”组织在这方面正在做的工作有直接的关系。
7 disarray 1ufx1     
n.混乱,紊乱,凌乱
参考例句:
  • His personal life fell into disarray when his wife left him.妻子离去后,他的个人生活一片混乱。
  • Our plans were thrown into disarray by the rail strike.铁路罢工打乱了我们的计划。
8 cholera rbXyf     
n.霍乱
参考例句:
  • The cholera outbreak has been contained.霍乱的发生已被控制住了。
  • Cholera spread like wildfire through the camps.霍乱在营地里迅速传播。
9 sprawling 3ff3e560ffc2f12f222ef624d5807902     
adj.蔓生的,不规则地伸展的v.伸开四肢坐[躺]( sprawl的现在分词 );蔓延;杂乱无序地拓展;四肢伸展坐着(或躺着)
参考例句:
  • He was sprawling in an armchair in front of the TV. 他伸开手脚坐在电视机前的一张扶手椅上。
  • a modern sprawling town 一座杂乱无序拓展的现代城镇
10 apparently tMmyQ     
adv.显然地;表面上,似乎
参考例句:
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
11 civilians 2a8bdc87d05da507ff4534c9c974b785     
平民,百姓( civilian的名词复数 ); 老百姓
参考例句:
  • the bloody massacre of innocent civilians 对无辜平民的血腥屠杀
  • At least 300 civilians are unaccounted for after the bombing raids. 遭轰炸袭击之后,至少有300名平民下落不明。
12 condemned condemned     
adj. 被责难的, 被宣告有罪的 动词condemn的过去式和过去分词
参考例句:
  • He condemned the hypocrisy of those politicians who do one thing and say another. 他谴责了那些说一套做一套的政客的虚伪。
  • The policy has been condemned as a regressive step. 这项政策被认为是一种倒退而受到谴责。
13 killing kpBziQ     
n.巨额利润;突然赚大钱,发大财
参考例句:
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
14 killings 76d97e8407f821a6e56296c4c9a9388c     
谋杀( killing的名词复数 ); 突然发大财,暴发
参考例句:
  • His statement was seen as an allusion to the recent drug-related killings. 他的声明被视为暗指最近与毒品有关的多起凶杀案。
  • The government issued a statement condemning the killings. 政府发表声明谴责这些凶杀事件。
15 humanitarian kcoxQ     
n.人道主义者,博爱者,基督凡人论者
参考例句:
  • She has many humanitarian interests and contributes a lot to them.她拥有很多慈善事业,并作了很大的贡献。
  • The British government has now suspended humanitarian aid to the area.英国政府现已暂停对这一地区的人道主义援助。
16 curb LmRyy     
n.场外证券市场,场外交易;vt.制止,抑制
参考例句:
  • I could not curb my anger.我按捺不住我的愤怒。
  • You must curb your daughter when you are in church.你在教堂时必须管住你的女儿。
17 provincial Nt8ye     
adj.省的,地方的;n.外省人,乡下人
参考例句:
  • City dwellers think country folk have provincial attitudes.城里人以为乡下人思想迂腐。
  • Two leading cadres came down from the provincial capital yesterday.昨天从省里下来了两位领导干部。
18 immediate aapxh     
adj.立即的;直接的,最接近的;紧靠的
参考例句:
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
19 devastation ku9zlF     
n.毁坏;荒废;极度震惊或悲伤
参考例句:
  • The bomb caused widespread devastation. 炸弹造成大面积破坏。
  • There was devastation on every side. 到处都是破坏的创伤。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 factions 4b94ab431d5bc8729c89bd040e9ab892     
组织中的小派别,派系( faction的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The gens also lives on in the "factions." 氏族此外还继续存在于“factions〔“帮”〕中。 来自英汉非文学 - 家庭、私有制和国家的起源
  • rival factions within the administration 政府中的对立派别
21 ministry kD5x2     
n.(政府的)部;牧师
参考例句:
  • They sent a deputation to the ministry to complain.他们派了一个代表团到部里投诉。
  • We probed the Air Ministry statements.我们调查了空军部的记录。
22 unity 4kQwT     
n.团结,联合,统一;和睦,协调
参考例句:
  • When we speak of unity,we do not mean unprincipled peace.所谓团结,并非一团和气。
  • We must strengthen our unity in the face of powerful enemies.大敌当前,我们必须加强团结。
23 opposition eIUxU     
n.反对,敌对
参考例句:
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
24 pact ZKUxa     
n.合同,条约,公约,协定
参考例句:
  • The two opposition parties made an electoral pact.那两个反对党订了一个有关选举的协定。
  • The trade pact between those two countries came to an end.那两国的通商协定宣告结束。
25 collapse aWvyE     
vi.累倒;昏倒;倒塌;塌陷
参考例句:
  • The country's economy is on the verge of collapse.国家的经济已到了崩溃的边缘。
  • The engineer made a complete diagnosis of the bridge's collapse.工程师对桥的倒塌做了一次彻底的调查分析。
26 collapsed cwWzSG     
adj.倒塌的
参考例句:
  • Jack collapsed in agony on the floor. 杰克十分痛苦地瘫倒在地板上。
  • The roof collapsed under the weight of snow. 房顶在雪的重压下突然坍塌下来。
27 wreckage nMhzF     
n.(失事飞机等的)残骸,破坏,毁坏
参考例句:
  • They hauled him clear of the wreckage.他们把他从形骸中拖出来。
  • New states were born out of the wreckage of old colonial empires.新生国家从老殖民帝国的废墟中诞生。
28 survivors 02ddbdca4c6dba0b46d9d823ed2b4b62     
幸存者,残存者,生还者( survivor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for six days. 幸存者在救生艇上漂流了六天。
  • survivors clinging to a raft 紧紧抓住救生筏的幸存者
29 premises 6l1zWN     
n.建筑物,房屋
参考例句:
  • According to the rules,no alcohol can be consumed on the premises.按照规定,场内不准饮酒。
  • All repairs are done on the premises and not put out.全部修缮都在家里进行,不用送到外面去做。
30 crumbled 32aad1ed72782925f55b2641d6bf1516     
(把…)弄碎, (使)碎成细屑( crumble的过去式和过去分词 ); 衰落; 坍塌; 损坏
参考例句:
  • He crumbled the bread in his fingers. 他用手指把面包捻碎。
  • Our hopes crumbled when the business went bankrupt. 商行破产了,我们的希望也破灭了。
31 rubble 8XjxP     
n.(一堆)碎石,瓦砾
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake,it took months to clean up the rubble.地震后,花了数月才清理完瓦砾。
  • After the war many cities were full of rubble.战后许多城市到处可见颓垣残壁。
32 plunging 5fe12477bea00d74cd494313d62da074     
adj.跳进的,突进的v.颠簸( plunge的现在分词 );暴跌;骤降;突降
参考例句:
  • War broke out again, plunging the people into misery and suffering. 战祸复发,生灵涂炭。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • He is plunging into an abyss of despair. 他陷入了绝望的深渊。 来自《简明英汉词典》
33 analyst gw7zn     
n.分析家,化验员;心理分析学家
参考例句:
  • What can you contribute to the position of a market analyst?你有什么技能可有助于市场分析员的职务?
  • The analyst is required to interpolate values between standards.分析人员需要在这些标准中插入一些值。
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