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NPR 2009-06-05

时间:2009-07-09 01:42来源:互联网 提供网友:Michellekoy   字体: [ ]

From NPR News in Washington, I'm Jack1 Speer.

In an address that was targeted at the world's one and a half billion Muslims, President Obama today called for a new beginning in US-Muslim relations. Speaking in Cairo, the President insisted the Palestinians must have a state and he said continued Israeli settlement in the West Bank is not legitimate2. However, Mr. Obama also said Hamas and the Palestinians should recognize Israel and refrain from violence.

"Threatening Israel with destruction or repeating vile3 stereotypes4 about Jews is deeply wrong and only serves to evoke5 in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve."

The President's speech was carried live in many parts of the world, and translated into more than a dozen languages. Mr. Obama has now arrived in Germany on the next leg of his overseas trip.

Arabs in the Middle East, meanwhile, welcomed the President's outreach to the Muslim world with a mix of surprise and suspicion about whether real peace can be achieved. Dale Gavlak reports from Amman.

Labib Kamhawi, a Jordan-based political analyst6, said President Obama ushered7 in a new beginning for the United States with the Muslim world. He called the speech "groundbreaking" and "a clear statement that the US would not turn its back on Palestinian aspirations8 for statehood." But an Amman jeweler, Ibrahim Hreish, said he was not impressed by what he termed an "old new speech." Talking about a Palestinian state is not something new, he said, adding that “what we need is concrete action on the ground to bring that about”. Egyptian dissident Ayman Nour said the speech was better than he expected, but not as good as he hoped. He said democratic change in the region should have been detailed9 and developed. For NPR News, I'm Dale Gavlak in Amman.

Former head of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial has been charged with civil fraud. Securities and Exchange Commission alleges10 former CEO Angelo Mozilo and two other executives intentionally11 misled investors12. More from NPR's Ina Jaffe.

The fortunes of Countrywide rose and then fell on the subprime loan market. In announcing the charges, Robert Khuzami, the director of the SEC's division of enforcement, said former CEO Angelo Mozilo concealed13 from investors the deteriorating14 standards in Countrywide's underwriting, including the increased risk of defaults and delinquencies in their mortgage portfolios15 and the increasingly dark prospects16 for the future. The SEC also charged Mozilo with insider trading for raking in 140 million dollars at the same time he allegedly knew the company's prospects were bleak17. Countrywide was bought by Bank of America last July for two and a half billion dollars, that's about a tenth of what the company had once been worth. Federal prosecutors18 are also conducting a criminal investigation19 into Countrywide.  Ina Jaffe, NPR News.

On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 74 points to end the session at 8750; the NASDAQ gained 24 points; the S&P 500 was up 10 points today.

This is NPR.

A North Korean court is believed to have begun hearing the case of two American journalists accused by the country of crossing the border illegally and engaging in what officials there have termed "hostile acts". Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested back in March near the North Korean border while on a reporting trip to China. If convicted, the pair who were working for former Vice20 President Al Gore's Current TV network could face up to 10 years in a labor21 camp. US State Department's spokesman said US officials have been monitoring news reports that say the pair's trial has begun.

A new study into the origins of human laughter suggests that laughter has evolved gradually over the last 10 to 16 million years. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce has more.

Young apes make odd sounds when they are tickled23. Here is the rumbling24 of a gorilla25 as someone tickles26 its feet. And here is a chimp27 being tickled. To see if these tickle22 induced sounds are really related to human laughter, scientists analyzed28 recordings29 of 21 orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas30, and bonobos, plus three tickled human babies. A report in the journal Current Biology says the research team found a revealing pattern of similarities and differences. It suggests that the ape sounds are truly related to human laughter, because it looks like our last common ancestor had a kind of primordial31 laugh-like sound that gradually evolved into different laughs. Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR News.

A federal magistrate32 has ruled that a group of Florida deep-sea explorers who recovered an estimated half a million dollars in a sunken Spanish galleon33 should return the treasure to Spain, though the decision still has to be considered by another federal judge. The coins are believed to be from a Spanish navy ship that sank in 1804.

I'm Jack Speer, NPR News in Washington.


1 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
2 legitimate L9ZzJ     
  • Sickness is a legitimate reason for asking for leave.生病是请假的一个正当的理由。
  • That's a perfectly legitimate fear.怀有这种恐惧完全在情理之中。
3 vile YLWz0     
  • Who could have carried out such a vile attack?会是谁发起这么卑鄙的攻击呢?
  • Her talk was full of vile curses.她的话里充满着恶毒的咒骂。
4 stereotypes 1ff39410e7d7a101c62ac42c17e0df24     
n.老套,模式化的见解,有老一套固定想法的人( stereotype的名词复数 )v.把…模式化,使成陈规( stereotype的第三人称单数 )
  • Such jokes tend to reinforce racial stereotypes. 这样的笑话容易渲染种族偏见。
  • It makes me sick to read over such stereotypes devoid of content. 这种空洞无物的八股调,我看了就讨厌。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
5 evoke NnDxB     
  • These images are likely to evoke a strong response in the viewer.这些图像可能会在观众中产生强烈反响。
  • Her only resource was the sympathy she could evoke.她以凭借的唯一力量就是她能从人们心底里激起的同情。
6 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。
7 ushered d337b3442ea0cc4312a5950ae8911282     
v.引,领,陪同( usher的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The secretary ushered me into his office. 秘书把我领进他的办公室。
  • A round of parties ushered in the New Year. 一系列的晚会迎来了新年。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 aspirations a60ebedc36cdd304870aeab399069f9e     
强烈的愿望( aspiration的名词复数 ); 志向; 发送气音; 发 h 音
  • I didn't realize you had political aspirations. 我没有意识到你有政治上的抱负。
  • The new treaty embodies the aspirations of most nonaligned countries. 新条约体现了大多数不结盟国家的愿望。
9 detailed xuNzms     
  • He had made a detailed study of the terrain.他对地形作了缜密的研究。
  • A detailed list of our publications is available on request.我们的出版物有一份详细的目录备索。
10 alleges 3b19fc4aac03cd2333e7882df795ffc4     
断言,宣称,辩解( allege的第三人称单数 )
  • The newspaper article alleges that the mayor is corrupt. 报纸上断言该市长腐败。
  • Steven was tardy this morning and alleges that his bus was late. 史提芬今天早上迟到的说词是公车误点了。
11 intentionally 7qOzFn     
  • I didn't say it intentionally. 我是无心说的。
  • The local authority ruled that he had made himself intentionally homeless and was therefore not entitled to be rehoused. 当地政府裁定他是有意居无定所,因此没有资格再获得提供住房。
12 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
13 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。
14 deteriorating 78fb3515d7abc3a0539b443be0081fb1     
恶化,变坏( deteriorate的现在分词 )
  • The weather conditions are deteriorating. 天气变得越来越糟。
  • I was well aware of the bad morale and the deteriorating factories. 我很清楚,大家情绪低落,各个工厂越搞越坏。
15 portfolios e8f0c85d58b4bbb32ca8f22222a8ee54     
n.投资组合( portfolio的名词复数 );(保险)业务量;(公司或机构提供的)系列产品;纸夹
  • Price risk arises in non-trading portfolios, as well as in trading portfolios. 价格风险中出现的非贸易投资,以及在贸易投资组合。 来自互联网
  • How do we fatten our portfolios and stay financially healthy? 我们怎样育肥我们的投资结构和维持财政健康呢? 来自互联网
16 prospects fkVzpY     
  • There is a mood of pessimism in the company about future job prospects. 公司中有一种对工作前景悲观的情绪。
  • They are less sanguine about the company's long-term prospects. 他们对公司的远景不那么乐观。
17 bleak gtWz5     
  • They showed me into a bleak waiting room.他们引我来到一间阴冷的会客室。
  • The company's prospects look pretty bleak.这家公司的前景异常暗淡。
18 prosecutors a638e6811c029cb82f180298861e21e9     
检举人( prosecutor的名词复数 ); 告发人; 起诉人; 公诉人
  • In some places,public prosecutors are elected rather than appointed. 在有些地方,检察官是经选举而非任命产生的。 来自口语例句
  • You've been summoned to the Prosecutors' Office, 2 days later. 你在两天以后被宣到了检察官的办公室。
19 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。
20 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。
21 labor P9Tzs     
  • We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。
  • He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。
22 tickle 2Jkzz     
  • Wilson was feeling restless. There was a tickle in his throat.威尔逊只觉得心神不定。嗓子眼里有些发痒。
  • I am tickle pink at the news.听到这消息我高兴得要命。
23 tickled 2db1470d48948f1aa50b3cf234843b26     
(使)发痒( tickle的过去式和过去分词 ); (使)愉快,逗乐
  • We were tickled pink to see our friends on television. 在电视中看到我们的一些朋友,我们高兴极了。
  • I tickled the baby's feet and made her laugh. 我胳肢孩子的脚,使她发笑。
24 rumbling 85a55a2bf439684a14a81139f0b36eb1     
n. 隆隆声, 辘辘声 adj. 隆隆响的 动词rumble的现在分词
  • The earthquake began with a deep [low] rumbling sound. 地震开始时发出低沉的隆隆声。
  • The crane made rumbling sound. 吊车发出隆隆的响声。
25 gorilla 0yLyx     
  • I was awed by the huge gorilla.那只大猩猩使我惊惧。
  • A gorilla is just a speechless animal.猩猩只不过是一种不会说话的动物。
26 tickles b3378a1317ba9a2cef2e9e262649d607     
(使)发痒( tickle的第三人称单数 ); (使)愉快,逗乐
  • My foot [nose] tickles. 我的脚[鼻子]痒。
  • My nose tickles from the dust and I want to scratch it. 我的鼻子受灰尘的刺激发痒,很想搔它。
27 chimp WXGza     
  • In fact,the color of gorilla and chimp are light-color.其实大猩猩和黑猩猩的肤色是较为浅的。
  • The chimp is the champ.猩猩是冠军。
28 analyzed 483f1acae53789fbee273a644fdcda80     
v.分析( analyze的过去式和过去分词 );分解;解释;对…进行心理分析
  • The doctors analyzed the blood sample for anemia. 医生们分析了贫血的血样。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The young man did not analyze the process of his captivation and enrapturement, for love to him was a mystery and could not be analyzed. 这年轻人没有分析自己蛊惑著迷的过程,因为对他来说,爱是个不可分析的迷。 来自《简明英汉词典》
29 recordings 22f9946cd05973582e73e4e3c0239bb7     
n.记录( recording的名词复数 );录音;录像;唱片
  • a boxed set of original recordings 一套盒装原声录音带
  • old jazz recordings reissued on CD 以激光唱片重新发行的老爵士乐
30 gorillas a04bd21e2b9b42b0d71bbb65c0c6d365     
n.大猩猩( gorilla的名词复数 );暴徒,打手
  • the similitude between humans and gorillas 人类和大猩猩的相像
  • Each family of gorillas is led by a great silverbacked patriarch. 每个大星星家族都由一个魁梧的、长着银色被毛的族长带领着。 来自《简明英汉词典》
31 primordial 11PzK     
  • It is the primordial force that propels us forward.它是推动我们前进的原始动力。
  • The Neanderthal Man is one of our primordial ancestors.的尼安德特人是我们的原始祖先之一.
32 magistrate e8vzN     
  • The magistrate committed him to prison for a month.法官判处他一个月监禁。
  • John was fined 1000 dollars by the magistrate.约翰被地方法官罚款1000美元。
33 galleon GhdxC     
  • The story of a galleon that sank at the start of her maiden voyage in 1628 must be one of the strangest tales of the sea.在1628年,有一艘大帆船在处女航开始时就沉没了,这个沉船故事一定是最神奇的海上轶事之一。
  • In 1620 the English galleon Mayfolwer set out from the port of Southampton with 102 pilgrims on board.1620年,英国的“五月花”号西班牙式大帆船载着102名
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