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NPR 2008-03-03

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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Nora Raum.

 A suicide bomber1 struck in northwestern Pakistan today, during a meeting called by tribal2 elders to discuss peace. At least 30 people were killed. It was the third such attack in as many days. NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

 It was a devastating3 attack against the meeting convened4 to discuss the violence that's blighted5 northwest Pakistan for months, claiming hundreds of lives. Tribal leaders and local officials had gathered at an open air site near the town of Darra Adam Khel in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province. The bomber caused chaos6. TV footage showed body parts, torn clothing and the splintered remains7 of wooden furniture. The meeting, or jirga, was to discuss the security situation in the region, where the Taliban and other militants8 are increasingly active. In January, there were intense clashes between Pakistani troops and militants in the area. Suicide bombings have become a regular event. On Friday, at least 38 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a police funeral in the province of Swat Valley. Philip Reeves, NPR News, New Delhi.

 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said today he has no intention of ending his offensive in the Gaza Strip. At least 54 Palestinians were killed yesterday in Israeli air and ground attacks. Olmert said Israel must protect its citizens from cross-border rockets. The UN Security Council issued a statement today condemning9 the Israeli operation and urged Israelis and Palestinians to stop all the violence immediately.

 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting Iraq, the first Iranian president to do so. He said that his trip is opening a new chapter in brotherly relations between the two countries.

 Russians are voting for a new president today. It's expected that the man chosen by Vladimir Putin will win. Opposition10 leaders are calling for a boycott11, saying the vote has been rigged. NPR's Gregory Feifer reports from Moscow.

 Music from a loud speaker plays in a voting station inside a Moscow school where a trickle12 of voters are casting their ballots13. M.U said she voted for first deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who's all but certain to win a landslide14. "I'd like Putin's policies to be continued," She says, "Our country has only just begun to stabilize15." Outside, sleet16 and snow may discourage some others from voting. Across Russia, voters are being enticed17 with free food and concerts even free haircuts. Opposition leaders have been barred from running in the election and are calling the vote a farce18, amid widespread reports the authorities are forcing people to vote for Medvedev. Gregory Feifer, NPR News, Moscow.

 Two bombs exploded today near a police convoy19 in the Russian town near Chechnya. Authorities say two people were wounded.

 This is NPR News from Washington.

 Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will both be campaigning in Ohio today in advance of Tuesday's presidential primary. Primaries will also be held Tuesday in Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont. Obama has won the last 11 Democratic contests. On the Republican side, Senator John McCain has no campaign appearances scheduled today. His nearest rival, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will be making stops in Texas.

 The Paris International Book Fair opens this month. Each year, organizers place the spotlight20 on one country. This year's choice is prompting some Arab nations to stay away. Frank Browning reports.

 The boycott began with France's former colony Lebanon, which decided21 not to attend the Salon22 du Livre or Book Fair because Israel was named this year's publishing guest of honor. Following the flap over Lebanon's decision which comes amidst criticism of France from the Hezbollah faction23 of the divided Lebanese government, other Arab nations quickly followed its suit. While the boycott is symbolic24 and has little effect on the French publishing industry, it is aimed at France's intensifying25 criticism of Iran, and the Iranian nuclear program, as well as France's support for the pro-Christian faction inside Lebanon. Those who may feel the boycott hardest, however, are Arab writers for whom France has long been a major publishing outlet26 in the west. For NPR News, I'm Frank Browning.

 The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race officially gets underway today in Willow27 Alaska, about 50 miles north of Anchorage. There are 96 teams taking part, a record. A ceremonial run was held yesterday in Anchorage to give fans a chance to see the dogs before the race.

 I'm Nora Raum, NPR News in Washington.


1 bomber vWwz7     
  • He flew a bomber during the war.他在战时驾驶轰炸机。
  • Detectives hunting the London bombers will be keen to interview him.追查伦敦爆炸案凶犯的侦探们急于对他进行讯问。
2 tribal ifwzzw     
  • He became skilled in several tribal lingoes.他精通几种部族的语言。
  • The country was torn apart by fierce tribal hostilities.那个国家被部落间的激烈冲突弄得四分五裂。
3 devastating muOzlG     
  • It is the most devastating storm in 20 years.这是20年来破坏性最大的风暴。
  • Affairs do have a devastating effect on marriages.婚外情确实会对婚姻造成毁灭性的影响。
4 convened fbc66e55ebdef2d409f2794046df6cf1     
召开( convene的过去式 ); 召集; (为正式会议而)聚集; 集合
  • The chairman convened the committee to put the issue to a vote. 主席召集委员们开会对这个问题进行表决。
  • The governor convened his troops to put down the revolt. 总督召集他的部队去镇压叛乱。
5 blighted zxQzsD     
  • Blighted stems often canker.有病的茎往往溃烂。
  • She threw away a blighted rose.她把枯萎的玫瑰花扔掉了。
6 chaos 7bZyz     
  • After the failure of electricity supply the city was in chaos.停电后,城市一片混乱。
  • The typhoon left chaos behind it.台风后一片混乱。
7 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
8 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
  • The militants have been sporadically fighting the government for years. 几年来,反叛分子一直对政府实施零星的战斗。
  • Despite the onslaught, Palestinian militants managed to fire off rockets. 尽管如此,巴勒斯坦的激进分子仍然发射导弹。
9 condemning 3c571b073a8d53beeff1e31a57d104c0     
v.(通常因道义上的原因而)谴责( condemn的现在分词 );宣判;宣布…不能使用;迫使…陷于不幸的境地
  • The government issued a statement condemning the killings. 政府发表声明谴责这些凶杀事件。
  • I concur with the speaker in condemning what has been done. 我同意发言者对所做的事加以谴责。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
10 opposition eIUxU     
  • 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。
11 boycott EW3zC     
  • We put the production under a boycott.我们联合抵制该商品。
  • The boycott lasts a year until the Victoria board permitsreturn.这个抗争持续了一年直到维多利亚教育局妥协为止。
12 trickle zm2w8     
  • 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。
13 ballots 06ecb554beff6a03babca6234edefde4     
n.投票表决( ballot的名词复数 );选举;选票;投票总数v.(使)投票表决( ballot的第三人称单数 )
  • They're counting the ballots. 他们正在计算选票。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The news of rigged ballots has rubbed off much of the shine of their election victory. 他们操纵选票的消息使他们在选举中获得的胜利大为减色。 来自《简明英汉词典》
14 landslide XxyyG     
  • Our candidate is predicated to win by a landslide.我们的候选人被预言将以绝对优势取胜。
  • An electoral landslide put the Labour Party into power in 1945.1945年工党以压倒多数的胜利当选执政。
15 stabilize PvuwZ     
  • They are eager to stabilize currencies.他们急于稳定货币。
  • His blood pressure tended to stabilize.他的血压趋向稳定。
16 sleet wxlw6     
  • There was a great deal of sleet last night.昨夜雨夹雪下得真大。
  • When winter comes,we get sleet and frost.冬天来到时我们这儿会有雨夹雪和霜冻。
17 enticed e343c8812ee0e250a29e7b0ccd6b8a2c     
诱惑,怂恿( entice的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He enticed his former employer into another dice game. 他挑逗他原来的老板再赌一次掷骰子。
  • Consumers are courted, enticed, and implored by sellers of goods and services. 消费者受到商品和劳务出售者奉承,劝诱和央求。
18 farce HhlzS     
  • They played a shameful role in this farce.他们在这场闹剧中扮演了可耻的角色。
  • The audience roared at the farce.闹剧使观众哄堂大笑。
19 convoy do6zu     
  • The convoy was snowed up on the main road.护送队被大雪困在干路上了。
  • Warships will accompany the convoy across the Atlantic.战舰将护送该船队过大西洋。
20 spotlight 6hBzmk     
  • This week the spotlight is on the world of fashion.本周引人瞩目的是时装界。
  • The spotlight followed her round the stage.聚光灯的光圈随着她在舞台上转。
21 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
22 salon VjTz2Z     
  • Do you go to the hairdresser or beauty salon more than twice a week?你每周去美容院或美容沙龙多过两次吗?
  • You can hear a lot of dirt at a salon.你在沙龙上会听到很多流言蜚语。
23 faction l7ny7     
  • Faction and self-interest appear to be the norm.派系之争和自私自利看来非常普遍。
  • I now understood clearly that I was caught between the king and the Bunam's faction.我现在完全明白自己已陷入困境,在国王与布纳姆集团之间左右为难。
24 symbolic ErgwS     
  • It is symbolic of the fighting spirit of modern womanhood.它象征着现代妇女的战斗精神。
  • The Christian ceremony of baptism is a symbolic act.基督教的洗礼仪式是一种象征性的做法。
25 intensifying 6af105724a108def30288b810d78b276     
v.(使)增强, (使)加剧( intensify的现在分词 );增辉
  • The allies are intensifying their air campaign. 联军部队正加大他们的空战强度。 来自辞典例句
  • The rest of the European powers were in a state of intensifying congestion. 其余的欧洲强国则处于越来越拥挤的状态。 来自英汉非文学 - 历史
26 outlet ZJFxG     
  • The outlet of a water pipe was blocked.水管的出水口堵住了。
  • Running is a good outlet for his energy.跑步是他发泄过剩精力的好方法。
27 willow bMFz6     
  • The river was sparsely lined with willow trees.河边疏疏落落有几棵柳树。
  • The willow's shadow falls on the lake.垂柳的影子倒映在湖面上。
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