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NPR 2009-6-14

时间:2009-07-09 02:49来源:互联网 提供网友:Michellekoy   字体: [ ]
From NPR News in Washington, I'm Craig Windham.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted the official vote count, showing him with a landslide1 reelection win, was in his word "free and healthy". But supporters of his main opponent Mir Hossein Mousavi took to the streets to protest what they say was a rigged election. Some of the demonstrators clashed with police who responded with volleys of tear gas. The Obama administration is taking a cautious stance as NPR's Cory Flintoff reports.
In an address on Iran's state-run television, Ahmadinejad said his election to a second four-year term reflected the will of the people. Iranian election officials said the hardline president got more than 62% of the vote, but his main rival Mir Hossein Mousavi is claiming widespread vote fraud. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton said the US hopes the results reflect the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people. "We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran. But we like the rest of the world are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide." White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the US would also monitor alleged2 irregularities. Cory Flintoff, NPR News.
North Korea has responded to the tough new sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council by announcing it will move ahead with production of nuclear weapons, and weaponize its existing plutonium stockpiles. The Foreign Ministry3 spokesman also said the North will take military action if the US tries to isolate4 the country. Doualy Xaykaothao reports.
Estimates vary on how much plutonium North Korea has, but South Korea reportedly said the communist regime has up to 40 kilograms of plutonium. US and South Korean officials say North Korea may be readying for a third nuclear test in response to the latest round of UN sanctions approved only yesterday. The tougher sanctions prohibit all weapons exports from North Korea and most arms imports into the North. Member states will also be asked to inspect suspicious cargo5 coming into or out of North Korea by land, sea and air. For NPR News, I'm Doualy Xaykaothao in Seoul.
President Obama says he has identified more savings6 to help pay for the overhaul7 of the nation's health care system.
"I'm announcing an additional $313 billion in savings that will rein8 in unnecessary spending and increase efficiency and the quality of care, savings that will ensure that we have nearly $950 billion set aside to offset9 the costs of health care reform over the next ten years." Mr. Obama at his weekly radio and internet address today.
Most of the additional savings he mentioned would come from reducing reimbursements10 to hospitals for Medicare and Medicaid services over the next decade. Some hospitals are complaining about that.
This is NPR News from Washington.
Investigators say it was a natural gas leak ignited by a spark that caused the explosion at a Slim Jim processing plant in North Carolina this week. The blast killed three workers and injured more than three dozen others, some critically.
NASA has postponed11 the lift-off for the space shuttle Endeavor for at least four days. Launch pad technicians were fueling the spacecraft for a scheduled early morning launch today when hydrogen fuel began leaking from Endeavor's external fuel tank. Pat Duggins of member station WMFE has the story.
Space shuttle Endeavor can’t launch with the hydrogen leak because of the danger of an explosion. The vehicle could also lack enough propellant to safely achieve orbit . The leak on Endeavor occurred at a valve which connects the external fuel tank to a pipe coming from the launch pad. NASA's Mike Moses says there was a similar leak on Shuttle Discovery in March of this year and no cause was found.
"We measured how that seal fits. We look at it under a microscope. We look at it under acquired conditions. We didn’t really find anything that would tell us what the common cause is, but obviously something is going on a second time in three flights. Something is going on, so teams are being kicked off to go look at that."
It could take four days to fix the problem which could mean trouble for NASA. An unmanned spacecraft is on a nearby launch pad for a mission to the moon, that could mean Endeavor will have to wait until next Saturday to go. For NPR News, I'm Pat Duggins in Orlando.
A private school in Southern California says 36 of its students have been quarantined in China while they are tested for a swine flu. The students from Carlsbad were at the end of an educational tour of China.
The Federal Communications Commission says about 700,000 people have called a special government hotline this week confused about yesterday's final switch over from analogue12 television broadcast signals to all digital. FCC chairman Michael Copps says the job is far from over.
I'm Craig Windham, NPR News in Washington.


1 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。
2 alleged gzaz3i     
  • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
  • alleged irregularities in the election campaign 被指称竞选运动中的不正当行为
3 ministry kD5x2     
  • They sent a deputation to the ministry to complain.他们派了一个代表团到部里投诉。
  • We probed the Air Ministry statements.我们调查了空军部的记录。
4 isolate G3Exu     
  • Do not isolate yourself from others.不要把自己孤立起来。
  • We should never isolate ourselves from the masses.我们永远不能脱离群众。
5 cargo 6TcyG     
  • The ship has a cargo of about 200 ton.这条船大约有200吨的货物。
  • A lot of people discharged the cargo from a ship.许多人从船上卸下货物。
6 savings ZjbzGu     
  • I can't afford the vacation,for it would eat up my savings.我度不起假,那样会把我的积蓄用光的。
  • By this time he had used up all his savings.到这时,他的存款已全部用完。
7 overhaul yKGxy     
  • Master Worker Wang is responsible for the overhaul of this grinder.王师傅主修这台磨床。
  • It is generally appreciated that the rail network needs a complete overhaul.众所周知,铁路系统需要大检修。
8 rein xVsxs     
  • The horse answered to the slightest pull on the rein.只要缰绳轻轻一拉,马就作出反应。
  • He never drew rein for a moment till he reached the river.他一刻不停地一直跑到河边。
9 offset mIZx8     
  • Their wage increases would be offset by higher prices.他们增加的工资会被物价上涨所抵消。
  • He put up his prices to offset the increased cost of materials.他提高了售价以补偿材料成本的增加。
10 reimbursements 7bea0397703fe448f3962669d3140bfb     
n.偿还( reimbursement的名词复数 );退款;补偿;赔偿
  • We had to put in for the food reimbursements again. 我们不得不再次申请食物赔偿。 来自互联网
  • Have you figured up the total of the reimbursements I gave you? 你有没有把我给你的报销账目全部加总了呢? 来自互联网
11 postponed 9dc016075e0da542aaa70e9f01bf4ab1     
vt.& vi.延期,缓办,(使)延迟vt.把…放在次要地位;[语]把…放在后面(或句尾)vi.(疟疾等)延缓发作(或复发)
  • The trial was postponed indefinitely. 审讯无限期延迟。
  • The game has already been postponed three times. 这场比赛已经三度延期了。
12 analogue SLryQ     
  • The gill of a fish is the analogue of the lung of a cat.鱼的鳃和猫的肺是类似物。
  • But aside from that analogue standby,the phone, videoconferencing is their favorite means of communication.除了备用的相似物电话,可视对话是他们最喜欢的沟通手段。
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