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NPR 2008-06-30

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Zimbabwe’s long-time leader Robert Mugabe was sworn in for another term as president today despite an international outcry about the legitimacy1 of his election. Marwick Khumalo headed a team of election observers from the Pan-African Parliament who monitored Zimbabwe’s presidential run-off. He says the election was tainted2 by the campaign of violence against opposition3 supporters. “The mission concludes that the current atmosphere prevailing4 in the country did not give rise to the conduct of free, fair and credible5 elections.” Khumalo says many of the ballots6 that were cast were purposely spoiled as a sign of protest. For his part, Mugabe indicated he’s willing to talk at some point with the opposition. “Indeed, it is my hope that sooner rather than later, we shall, as diverse political parties, hold consultations7 towards such serious dialogue as will minimize our differences and enhance the area of unity8 and cooperation between us.” Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he believes Mugabe’s party may be ready for talks on a power-sharing arrangement.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice got a firsthand look today at the area of China that was devastated9 by an earthquake last month. NPR’s Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing.

Secretary Rice surveyed a collapsed10 gymnasium and a temporary housing settlement for quake survivors11 in Dujiangyan City during her four-hour stay in Sichuan Province. She praised the Chinese government’s response to the disaster as “attentive”, but added that with such a massive crisis, no one can do it alone. She said that China’s efforts looked good in comparison to those of China’s neighbour Myanmar, where the ruling junta12 initially13 refused foreign aid. Anthony Kuhn, NPR News, Beijing.

Fire crews are making some progress as they try to contain the largest and most stubborn of the hundreds of wildfires burning in Northern California. The blazes have charred14 more than 500 square miles of land. Christina Aanestad of member station KZYX has more.

The fires in Northern California have destroyed 29 homes and threatened over 7,000 residences. Several communities are under evacuation orders and warnings. In Mendocino County, some firefighters have been working on fires with little sleep for over a week. Meanwhile, fire crews from other states are helping15 to fight the blazes. Cal Fire reports over 18,000 personnel are working on the Northern California fires. In Monterey County, the Los Padres National Forest may be the most widely affected16 area at over 60,000 acres, with an estimated cost of 37.1 million dollars. In Mendocino County, 35,000 acres are burning. Officials report the fires are 20% contained. The cost is more than seven million dollars and growing. For NPR News, I’m Christina Aanestad in Philo, California.

This is NPR News from Washington.

Levees along the rain-swollen Mississippi River did their jobs today. No more were breached17 or overrun. But the river is expected to crest18 later this week in southeastern Missouri at more than ten feet above flood stage. That would put thousands more acres of farmland in jeopardy19.

Pakistan’s top Taliban commander is threatening to retaliate20 against Pakistan’s new government after Pakistani military forces went on the offensive this weekend, striking at militant21 positions near the border with Afghanistan. A NATO spokesman today said Afghanistan cannot be secured as long as insurgents22 can operate freely from safe havens23 on the Pakistani side of the border.

American cyclist Floyd Landis finds out tomorrow if he’ll be able to reclaim24 his Tour de France title or not. Landis appealed after an arbitration25 panel ruled that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his victory. Frank Browning reports from Paris.

Landis came in first in 2006. But then, after the race, he was disqualified because tests showed enough testosterone in his blood for, as one English critic put it , “a gang of London street toughs”. Landis has maintained he merely has always had high testosterone levels. On Monday, the Court of Sports Arbitration will rule on his appeal of a judgement against him by the US Anti-Doping Agency, which will determine whether he can keep the 2006 trophy26. Testing for others this year will be tougher than ever, with Belgian sprinter27 Tom Boonen already eliminated for traces of cocaine28 in his blood and last year’s punitive29 tour winner Alberto Contador linked to a Spanish doping ring. For NPR News, I’m Frank Browning in Paris.

For the first time in 44 years, Spain has won a major soccer title. Spain downed Germany today one to nothing to take the European Championship.


1 legitimacy q9tzJ     
  • The newspaper was directly challenging the government's legitimacy.报纸直接质疑政府的合法性。
  • Managing from the top down,we operate with full legitimacy.我们进行由上而下的管理有充分的合法性。
2 tainted qgDzqS     
adj.腐坏的;污染的;沾污的;感染的v.使变质( taint的过去式和过去分词 );使污染;败坏;被污染,腐坏,败坏
  • The administration was tainted with scandal. 丑闻使得政府声名狼藉。
  • He was considered tainted by association with the corrupt regime. 他因与腐败政府有牵连而名誉受损。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 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。
4 prevailing E1ozF     
  • She wears a fashionable hair style prevailing in the city.她的发型是这个城市流行的款式。
  • This reflects attitudes and values prevailing in society.这反映了社会上盛行的态度和价值观。
5 credible JOAzG     
  • The news report is hardly credible.这则新闻报道令人难以置信。
  • Is there a credible alternative to the nuclear deterrent?是否有可以取代核威慑力量的可靠办法?
6 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》
7 consultations bc61566a804b15898d05aff1e97f0341     
n.磋商(会议)( consultation的名词复数 );商讨会;协商会;查找
  • Consultations can be arranged at other times by appointment. 磋商可以通过预约安排在其他时间。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Consultations are under way. 正在进行磋商。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
8 unity 4kQwT     
  • 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。
9 devastated eb3801a3063ef8b9664b1b4d1f6aaada     
v.彻底破坏( devastate的过去式和过去分词);摧毁;毁灭;在感情上(精神上、财务上等)压垮adj.毁坏的;极为震惊的
  • The bomb devastated much of the old part of the city. 这颗炸弹炸毁了旧城的一大片地方。
  • His family is absolutely devastated. 他的一家感到极为震惊。
10 collapsed cwWzSG     
  • 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。
11 survivors 02ddbdca4c6dba0b46d9d823ed2b4b62     
幸存者,残存者,生还者( survivor的名词复数 )
  • 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
12 junta FaLzO     
  • The junta reacted violently to the perceived threat to its authority.军政府感到自身权力受威胁而进行了激烈反击。
  • A military junta took control of the country.一个军政权控制了国家。
13 initially 273xZ     
  • The ban was initially opposed by the US.这一禁令首先遭到美国的反对。
  • Feathers initially developed from insect scales.羽毛最初由昆虫的翅瓣演化而来。
14 charred 2d03ad55412d225c25ff6ea41516c90b     
v.把…烧成炭( char的过去式);烧焦
  • the charred remains of a burnt-out car 被烧焦的轿车残骸
  • The intensity of the explosion is recorded on the charred tree trunks. 那些烧焦的树干表明爆炸的强烈。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
16 affected TzUzg0     
  • She showed an affected interest in our subject.她假装对我们的课题感到兴趣。
  • His manners are affected.他的态度不自然。
17 breached e3498bf16767cf8f9f8dc58f7275a5a5     
攻破( breach的现在分词 ); 破坏,违反
  • These commitments have already been breached. 这些承诺已遭背弃。
  • Our tanks have breached the enemy defences. 我方坦克车突破了敌人的防线。
18 crest raqyA     
  • The rooster bristled his crest.公鸡竖起了鸡冠。
  • He reached the crest of the hill before dawn.他于黎明前到达山顶。
19 jeopardy H3dxd     
  • His foolish behaviour may put his whole future in jeopardy.他愚蠢的行为可能毁了他一生的前程。
  • It is precisely at this juncture that the boss finds himself in double jeopardy.恰恰在这个关键时刻,上司发现自己处于进退两难的境地。
20 retaliate FBtzJ     
  • He sought every opportunity to retaliate against his enemy.他找机会向他的敌人反击。
  • It is strictly forbidden to retaliate against the quality inspectors.严禁对质量检验人员进行打击报复。
21 militant 8DZxh     
  • Some militant leaders want to merge with white radicals.一些好斗的领导人要和白人中的激进派联合。
  • He is a militant in the movement.他在那次运动中是个激进人物。
22 insurgents c68be457307815b039a352428718de59     
n.起义,暴动,造反( insurgent的名词复数 )
  • The regular troops of Baden joined the insurgents. 巴登的正规军参加到起义军方面来了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Against the Taliban and Iraqi insurgents, these problems are manageable. 要对付塔利班与伊拉克叛乱分子,这些问题还是可以把握住的。 来自互联网
23 havens 4e10631e2b71bdedbb49b75173e0f818     
n.港口,安全地方( haven的名词复数 )v.港口,安全地方( haven的第三人称单数 )
  • Your twenty havens would back out at the last minute anyhow. 你那二十个避难所到了最后一分钟也要不认帐。 来自辞典例句
  • Using offshore havens to avoid taxes and investor protections. 使用海面的港口避免税和投资者保护。 来自互联网
24 reclaim NUWxp     
  • I have tried to reclaim my money without success.我没能把钱取回来。
  • You must present this ticket when you reclaim your luggage.当你要取回行李时,必须出示这张票子。
25 arbitration hNgyh     
  • The wage disagreement is under arbitration.工资纠纷正在仲裁中。
  • Both sides have agreed that the arbitration will be binding.双方都赞同仲裁具有约束力。
26 trophy 8UFzI     
  • The cup is a cherished trophy of the company.那只奖杯是该公司很珍惜的奖品。
  • He hung the lion's head as a trophy.他把那狮子头挂起来作为狩猎纪念品。
27 sprinter Fhczl7     
  • He is more a sprinter than a swimmer. 他是短跑健将,而不是游泳选手。 来自辞典例句
  • The sprinter himself thinks he can run the race at 9.4 seconds. 这位短跑运动员自认为可以用9.4秒跑完比赛。 来自互联网
28 cocaine VbYy4     
  • That young man is a cocaine addict.那个年轻人吸食可卡因成瘾。
  • Don't have cocaine abusively.不可滥服古柯碱。
29 punitive utey6     
  • They took punitive measures against the whole gang.他们对整帮人采取惩罚性措施。
  • The punitive tariff was imposed to discourage tire imports from China.该惩罚性关税的征收是用以限制中国轮胎进口的措施。
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