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NPR 2008-03-24

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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Craig Windham.


A series of bomb attacks across Iraq have killed at least 52 people today and wounded dozens of others. Also rockets or mortar1 shells were fired into Baghdad's fortified2 Green Zone throughout the day. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston has more from Baghdad.


The explosions could be heard miles from the Green Zone just a little after 6 this morning. There were about 10 blasts. The barrage3 came in three waves lasting4 a total of about 15 minutes. The heavily fortified Green Zone is about four square miles surrounded by checkpoints and blast walls. It is home to the Iraqi parliament and the US Embassy. Sirens sounded when the attack began, sending residents either into concrete bunkers known as duck and covers or away from the windows in their homes. Dina Temple-Raston, NPR News, Baghdad.


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Vice5 President Dick Cheney in Ramallah in the West Bank today and told him that the United States needs to do more to back truce6 talks between Israel and Hamas. Cheney says it is time for a Palestinian state. "George W. Bush is the first president of the United States to endorse7 the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Our administration is strongly committed to that objective and we look forward to the day that an independent, viable8, democratic and peaceful Palestinian state comes into being. " Cheney has been meeting with Palestinian and Israeli leaders this weekend in an effort to jumpstart the Middle East peace process. Hamas dominates the Gaza Strip and the ongoing9 violence there is said to be blocking progress in the goal of creating a Palestinian state.


Pope Benedict celebrated10 Easter Mass before thousands of people who braved stormy weather to gather in St. Peter's Square today. In his Easter message to the city of Rome and the world, the pontiff denounced violence and injustice11. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome.


The Pope celebrated Easter Mass as driving rain pelted12 cardinals14, diplomats15 and thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's square. In his message, Benedict called for an end to injustice, hatred16 and violence around the world, including Tibet, Iraq and Darfur. "These are the scourges17 of humanity, "the Pope said, "open and festering in every corner of the planet, although they are often ignored and sometimes deliberately18 concealed19; wounds that torture the souls and bodies of countless20 of our brothers and sisters. Religious freedom was one of the themes of this Easter, the third this Pope has celebrated. The Good Friday "Way of the Cross" Meditations21 were written by Hong Kong Cardinal13 Joseph Zen who referred to the martyrs22 among China's small Catholic minority. And in the Easter Vigil, the Pope baptized a former Muslim and outspoken23 critic of Islamic extremism, Egyptian-born journalist Magdi Allam. Sylvia Poggiol, NPR News, Rome.


An explosion at a meatpacking plant in Arkansas has triggered a fire and released toxic24 gas into the air. Nearly 200 people who live nearby have been evacuated25. No word yet on any injuries.


This is NPR News from Washington.


Forecasters are warning that high water pouring down the White River in eastern Arkansas could cause historic flooding in riverside communities. The river is just one of many that overflowed26 their banks after being swollen27 by heavy rains last week. At least 17 deaths have been linked to the flooding.


The Coast Guard says four crew members are dead and one is missing from a fishing vessel28 that began sinking this morning off the coast of Alaska. Alaska Public Radio David Shurtleff reports.


The 47 member crew of the Alaska Ranger29 noticed their ship was taking on water early Sunday morning. Coast Guard Chief Barry Lane. "We know that there are some trouble with the rudder. And in the rudder room, it began flooding and that's when the vessel decided30 to abandon ship. " Although it was dark, it's believed nearly all of the crew managed to jump in the lifeboats. But there were 6 to 8-foot seas and winds of 30 miles per hour, not exactly ideal for a rescue. It is still unknown how or when the four crew members died. All of those rescued were taken to the nearest port for treatmeant. For NPR News I'm David Shurtleff, Anchorage.


Gasoline prices have jumped 7 cents a gallon over the past two weeks up to a national average of 3 dollars 26 cents for a gallon of self-service regular. Industry analyst31 Truby Lundberg says there are a number of reasons for the rising prices at the pump. "Crude oil prices slipped, and equivalent to 8 cents per gallon in the period, the opposite of gasoline. Gasoline moved up, because ethanol for blending jumped up in price." Lundberg says the lowest gasoline prices found in the most recent survey were in Newark, New Jersey32. The highest gas prices were in San Francisco.


I'm Craig Windham, NPR News, in Washington.



1 mortar 9EsxR     
  • The mason flushed the joint with mortar.泥工用灰浆把接缝处嵌平。
  • The sound of mortar fire seemed to be closing in.迫击炮的吼声似乎正在逼近。
2 fortified fortified     
adj. 加强的
  • He fortified himself against the cold with a hot drink. 他喝了一杯热饮御寒。
  • The enemy drew back into a few fortified points. 敌人收缩到几个据点里。
3 barrage JuezH     
  • The attack jumped off under cover of a barrage.进攻在炮火的掩护下开始了。
  • The fierce artillery barrage destroyed the most part of the city in a few minutes.猛烈的炮火几分钟内便毁灭了这座城市的大部分地区。
4 lasting IpCz02     
  • The lasting war debased the value of the dollar.持久的战争使美元贬值。
  • We hope for a lasting settlement of all these troubles.我们希望这些纠纷能获得永久的解决。
5 vice NU0zQ     
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
6 truce EK8zr     
  • The hot weather gave the old man a truce from rheumatism.热天使这位老人暂时免受风湿病之苦。
  • She had thought of flying out to breathe the fresh air in an interval of truce.她想跑出去呼吸一下休战期间的新鲜空气。
7 endorse rpxxK     
  • No one is foolish enough to endorse it.没有哪个人会傻得赞成它。
  • I fully endorse your opinions on this subject.我完全拥护你对此课题的主张。
8 viable mi2wZ     
  • The scheme is economically viable.这个计划从经济效益来看是可行的。
  • The economy of the country is not viable.这个国家经济是难以维持的。
9 ongoing 6RvzT     
  • 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。
10 celebrated iwLzpz     
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。
11 injustice O45yL     
  • They complained of injustice in the way they had been treated.他们抱怨受到不公平的对待。
  • All his life he has been struggling against injustice.他一生都在与不公正现象作斗争。
12 pelted 06668f3db8b57fcc7cffd5559df5ec21     
(连续地)投掷( pelt的过去式和过去分词 ); 连续抨击; 攻击; 剥去…的皮
  • The children pelted him with snowballs. 孩子们向他投掷雪球。
  • The rain pelted down. 天下着大雨。
13 cardinal Xcgy5     
  • This is a matter of cardinal significance.这是非常重要的事。
  • The Cardinal coloured with vexation. 红衣主教感到恼火,脸涨得通红。
14 cardinals 8aa3d7ed97d6793c87fe821585838a4a     
红衣主教( cardinal的名词复数 ); 红衣凤头鸟(见于北美,雄鸟为鲜红色); 基数
  • cardinals in scarlet robes 身披红袍的枢机主教
  • A conclave of cardinals was held to elect the new Pope. 红衣主教团举行了秘密会议来选举新教皇。
15 diplomats ccde388e31f0f3bd6f4704d76a1c3319     
n.外交官( diplomat的名词复数 );有手腕的人,善于交际的人
  • These events led to the expulsion of senior diplomats from the country. 这些事件导致一些高级外交官被驱逐出境。
  • The court has no jurisdiction over foreign diplomats living in this country. 法院对驻本国的外交官无裁判权。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 hatred T5Gyg     
  • He looked at me with hatred in his eyes.他以憎恨的眼光望着我。
  • The old man was seized with burning hatred for the fascists.老人对法西斯主义者充满了仇恨。
17 scourges 046f04299db520625ed4a0871cf89897     
带来灾难的人或东西,祸害( scourge的名词复数 ); 鞭子
  • Textile workers suffer from three scourges -- noise, dust and humidity. 纱厂工人的三大威胁,就是音响、尘埃和湿气。 来自汉英文学 - 现代散文
  • Believe, if Internet remains great scourges, also won't have present dimensions. 相信,如果互联网仍然是洪水猛兽,也不会有现在的规模。
18 deliberately Gulzvq     
  • The girl gave the show away deliberately.女孩故意泄露秘密。
  • They deliberately shifted off the argument.他们故意回避这个论点。
19 concealed 0v3zxG     
  • The paintings were concealed beneath a thick layer of plaster. 那些画被隐藏在厚厚的灰泥层下面。
  • I think he had a gun concealed about his person. 我认为他当时身上藏有一支枪。
20 countless 7vqz9L     
  • In the war countless innocent people lost their lives.在这场战争中无数无辜的人丧失了性命。
  • I've told you countless times.我已经告诉你无数遍了。
21 meditations f4b300324e129a004479aa8f4c41e44a     
默想( meditation的名词复数 ); 默念; 沉思; 冥想
  • Each sentence seems a quarry of rich meditations. 每一句话似乎都给人以许多冥思默想。
  • I'm sorry to interrupt your meditations. 我很抱歉,打断你思考问题了。
22 martyrs d8bbee63cb93081c5677dc671dc968fc     
n.martyr的复数形式;烈士( martyr的名词复数 );殉道者;殉教者;乞怜者(向人诉苦以博取同情)
  • the early Christian martyrs 早期基督教殉道者
  • They paid their respects to the revolutionary martyrs. 他们向革命烈士致哀。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
23 outspoken 3mIz7v     
  • He was outspoken in his criticism.他在批评中直言不讳。
  • She is an outspoken critic of the school system in this city.她是这座城市里学校制度的坦率的批评者。
24 toxic inSwc     
  • 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。
25 evacuated b2adcc11308c78e262805bbcd7da1669     
  • Police evacuated nearby buildings. 警方已将附近大楼的居民疏散。
  • The fireman evacuated the guests from the burning hotel. 消防队员把客人们从燃烧着的旅馆中撤出来。
26 overflowed 4cc5ae8d4154672c8a8539b5a1f1842f     
  • Plates overflowed with party food. 聚会上的食物碟满盘盈。
  • A great throng packed out the theater and overflowed into the corridors. 一大群人坐满剧院并且还有人涌到了走廊上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
27 swollen DrcwL     
  • Her legs had got swollen from standing up all day.因为整天站着,她的双腿已经肿了。
  • A mosquito had bitten her and her arm had swollen up.蚊子叮了她,她的手臂肿起来了。
28 vessel 4L1zi     
  • The vessel is fully loaded with cargo for Shanghai.这艘船满载货物驶往上海。
  • You should put the water into a vessel.你应该把水装入容器中。
29 ranger RTvxb     
  • He was the head ranger of the national park.他曾是国家公园的首席看守员。
  • He loved working as a ranger.他喜欢做护林人。
30 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。
31 analyst gw7zn     
  • 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。
32 jersey Lp5zzo     
  • He wears a cotton jersey when he plays football.他穿运动衫踢足球。
  • They were dressed alike in blue jersey and knickers.他们穿着一致,都是蓝色的运动衫和灯笼短裤。
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