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NPR 2008-04-06

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

 President Bush has opened the final summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Russia's Black Sea coast at a tense time in relations between the two countries. But there was no sign of trouble as the two leaders met at an opening dinner. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports from Sochi, Russia.

 A casually1 dressed Vladimir Putin showed President Bush around his vacation compound right on the Black Sea. At dinner they even got up on stage and danced with the Russian folk troupe2 according to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. She said the two men are comfortable with each other in less formal settings, and she said President Bush had a lively chat with Putin's successor Dmitry Medvedev, who takes over in May. But there are few signs this cozy4 relationship will lead to any breakthroughs on a growing list of tense topics from Kosovo to NATO expansion and missile defense5. Michele Kelemen, NPR News, Sochi.

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Oregon today. She told a crowd of thousands of people in the town of Hillsboro that it would make no sense to halt her fierce primary battle with Barack Obama early. "It is neck and neck. It would be, like saying, we've got two minutes to go on the clock, let's quit." Clinton outlined her proposals for renewable energy and tax relief for middle-income Americans. Obama was focusing his attention today on GOP candidate John McCain. "John McCain is a great American hero. He's earned his honor and respect. But he's basically running for a third Bush term. He wants to continue this war in Iraq ,maybe for another 100 years." Obama was speaking at a rally in Missoula, Montana.

 Former Georgia Congressman6 Bob Barr says he's formed an exploratory committee for a possible presidential bid and may seek the Libertarian Party's nomination7. Barr spoke3 to a conference in Kansas City today and said the country faces a grave moral crisis. Barr left the GOP in 2006 over what he called intrusions on civil liberties and bloated spending by the Bush administration.

 Zimbabwe's opposition8 is calling on the country's President Robert Mugabe to step down and accusing him of attempting to reverse the results of last weekend's presidential election which the opposition is claiming to have won. Reporter Brian Hungwe in Harare says people in Zimbabwe want to know why the election results have not been released a week after the voting.

 "People are going about their business as usual, but they are really anxious, they are curious, they want to know the presidential election results. They are saying they waited in long queues, cast their votes, but it's taking seven days for the Zimbabwean election commission to announce the result. The same situation applies countrywide, particularly in the rural area . They really don't know what's happening, it's very unusual for the election commission to wait this long, they are also curious out there. But people also say that the police continue to maintain a heavy presence." The BBC's Brian Hungwe.

 This is NPR News from Washington.

 A leading Democratic Senator is declaring last year's troop build-up in Iraq a failure. Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware says the purpose was to bring violence down so that Iraq's leaders could come together politically. But he says US troops remain committed there in large numbers and political reconciliation9 has not happened. Speaking in the Democratic radio address today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman said President Bush's plan is, in his words, to muddle10 through, and hand the problem off to his successor. Biden's remarks come ahead of next week's testimony11 by General David Petraeus, the top US military commander in Iraq, and Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador there.

 A retired12 Canadian Rear Admiral will head an inquiry13 into the deaths of 3 seal hunters who drowned in the Gulf14 of St. Lawrence last weekend when their boat capsized. Dan Karpenchuk reports.

 There are many questions surrounding the death of the 3 seal hunters. The search continues for a fourth presumed dead in icy waters. Only two crew members survived. Retired Rear Admiral Roger Girouard will begin his investigation15 immediately with a report expected by the fall. The sealing boat L'Acadien II was having steering16 problems and was taken in tow by the Coast Guard vessel17. There are conflicting reports about whether anyone was watching from the deck of the Coast Guard ship. Girouard will try to determine the sequence of events and whether proper procedures were followed. Meanwhile, funeral services take place today in Iles-de-la-Madeleine for the 3 sealers. The tight-knit community depends on the sea for its livelihood18, but many say this accident could have been avoided. For NPR News, I'm Dan Karpenchuk in Toronto.

 Microsoft decided19 a 3-week deadline on its 41-billion-dollar buyout offer for Yahoo. If the offer is not accepted, the software giant says it will launch a hostile takeover bid at a lower price.


1 casually UwBzvw     
  • She remarked casually that she was changing her job.她当时漫不经心地说要换工作。
  • I casually mentioned that I might be interested in working abroad.我不经意地提到我可能会对出国工作感兴趣。
2 troupe cmJwG     
  • The art troupe is always on the move in frontier guards.文工团常年在边防部队流动。
  • The troupe produced a new play last night.剧团昨晚上演了一部新剧。
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
  • 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 cozy ozdx0     
  • I like blankets because they are cozy.我喜欢毛毯,因为他们是舒适的。
  • We spent a cozy evening chatting by the fire.我们在炉火旁聊天度过了一个舒适的晚上。
5 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
6 Congressman TvMzt7     
  • He related several anecdotes about his first years as a congressman.他讲述自己初任议员那几年的几则轶事。
  • The congressman is meditating a reply to his critics.这位国会议员正在考虑给他的批评者一个答复。
7 nomination BHMxw     
  • John is favourite to get the nomination for club president.约翰最有希望被提名为俱乐部主席。
  • Few people pronounced for his nomination.很少人表示赞成他的提名。
8 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。
9 reconciliation DUhxh     
  • He was taken up with the reconciliation of husband and wife.他忙于做夫妻间的调解工作。
  • Their handshake appeared to be a gesture of reconciliation.他们的握手似乎是和解的表示。
10 muddle d6ezF     
  • Everything in the room was in a muddle.房间里每一件东西都是乱七八糟的。
  • Don't work in a rush and get into a muddle.克服忙乱现象。
11 testimony zpbwO     
  • The testimony given by him is dubious.他所作的证据是可疑的。
  • He was called in to bear testimony to what the police officer said.他被传入为警官所说的话作证。
12 retired Njhzyv     
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
13 inquiry nbgzF     
  • Many parents have been pressing for an inquiry into the problem.许多家长迫切要求调查这个问题。
  • The field of inquiry has narrowed down to five persons.调查的范围已经缩小到只剩5个人了。
14 gulf 1e0xp     
  • The gulf between the two leaders cannot be bridged.两位领导人之间的鸿沟难以跨越。
  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
15 investigation MRKzq     
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
16 steering 3hRzbi     
  • He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration. 他沮丧地用手打了几下方向盘。
  • Steering according to the wind, he also framed his words more amicably. 他真会看风使舵,口吻也马上变得温和了。
17 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。
18 livelihood sppzWF     
  • Appropriate arrangements will be made for their work and livelihood.他们的工作和生活会得到妥善安排。
  • My father gained a bare livelihood of family by his own hands.父亲靠自己的双手勉强维持家计。
19 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。
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