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NPR 2009-09-26

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Leaders of the US, Britain and France are demanding an immediate1 investigation2 of Iran’s nuclear program after announcing the discovery of a secret uranium enrichment facility. More from NPR’s Scott Horsley.

 US officials say Iran has been building the underground nuclear facility for years without notifying international atomic watchdogs. President Obama says that underscores Iran’s failure to live up to international law. He also challenged the Iranian government’s claim that it’s merely enriching uranium to fuel nuclear power plants. “The size and configuration3 of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program. Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow.” The US and its allies are demanding that Iran come clean about its nuclear program or face additional sanctions. Officials call next week’s meeting between Iran and six other nations “a critical test of Iran’s nuclear ambitions”. Scott Horsley, NPR News, at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh.

 Leaders at the G20 pledged to develop goals aimed at fixing some of the problems they say help to exacerbate4 the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. G20 participants say they’ll formulate5 objectives that each country can pursue an area such as bringing down trade imbalances or dealing6 with budget deficits7. That would include peer reviews conducted by other nations or would apparently8 stop short of instituting penalties for those countries that fail to reach their goals.

 Colorado man accused of plotting to detonate explosive devices in the US is being moved to New York from Denver. NPR’s Jeff Brady reports from outside the courthouse.

 Najibullah Zazi was indicted9 by a grand jury in New York earlier this week on charges he planned to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. His attorney in Colorado tried to argue today in a Denver courtroom that Zazi was not a flight risk nor a danger to the public and that he should be released from federal custody10. The judge dismissed those arguments and agreed with prosecutors11 that plenty of hard evidence exists that Zazi had instructions for making a bomb and has purchased the supplies to do that. He ordered that Zazi will remain in federal custody. Zazi showed no emotion and he didn't appear to have any reaction to today’s proceedings12. Jeff Brady, NPR News, Denver.

 Government reports said orders for costly13 manufactured goods, items designed to last three years or more fell 2.4% in August. The unexpected decline in durable14 goods orders follows a gain of 4.8% in July. Latest numbers are causing concern on the part of some economists15 who worry the up-and-down pattern in terms of goods orders shows the businesses are not confident enough in economic recovery to invest heavily in new equipment. Orders for commercial aircraft and parts generally, one of the most volatile16 sectors17 fell by some 42% last month after nearly doubling in July.

 On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 42 points to end the week at 9665. The NASDAQ lost 16 points. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell six points today.

 This is NPR.

 The Pentagon’s top military officer has flown to Europe for his meeting with the top military commander in Afghanistan. According to defense18 officials, Chairman of the Joint19 Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, is spending half a day meeting with General Stanley McChrystal at Ramstein airbase in Germany. US commanders from NATO and the Mideast are also attending. The officials who spoke20 on the condition of anonymity21 said that Mullen has received McChrystal’s assessment22 of how many troops he thinks are needed to defeat the insurgency23 in Afghanistan. The meeting is reportedly to give Mullen a better understanding of why McChrystal feels a further boost in US forces there is justified24.

 The corruption25 trial of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert began today and was then suspended until February. Olmert says he is confident he will be acquitted26. Linda Gradstein reports.

 Today’s hearing focused mainly on technical issues, such as transferring the prosecutors’ investigation materials to the defense. Olmert was indicted on a series of corruption charges including accepting tens of thousands of dollars in cash from US businessman Morris Talansky and double-billing Israeli charities for troops taken abroad on their behalf. Olmert accused the attorney general of what he called “an almost inhuman27 campaign of mudslinging” and said he paid a price during that period. Olmert was forced to resign after the indictment28 was announced. In court today, Olmert was cheerful and said he is sure he will be found innocent. For NPR News, I’m Linda Gradstein in Jerusalem.

 Giant consumer products maker29 Unilever said today it has agreed to buy the soap and personal care businesses of Sara Lee Corporation in a deal valued at nearly 1.9 billion dollars. Under the agreement, Unilever will purchase Sara Lee’s worldwide body care products business as well as its European detergent30 arm.


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1 immediate aapxh     
adj.立即的;直接的,最接近的;紧靠的
参考例句:
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
2 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • 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。
3 configuration nYpyb     
n.结构,布局,形态,(计算机)配置
参考例句:
  • Geographers study the configuration of the mountains.地理学家研究山脉的地形轮廓。
  • Prices range from $119 to $199,depending on the particular configuration.价格因具体配置而异,从119美元至199美元不等。
4 exacerbate iiAzU     
v.恶化,增剧,激怒,使加剧
参考例句:
  • WMO says a warming climate can exacerbate air pollution.世界气象组织说,气候变暖可能会加剧空气污染。
  • In fact efforts will merely exacerbate the current problem.实际上努力只会加剧当前的问题。
5 formulate L66yt     
v.用公式表示;规划;设计;系统地阐述
参考例句:
  • He took care to formulate his reply very clearly.他字斟句酌,清楚地做了回答。
  • I was impressed by the way he could formulate his ideas.他陈述观点的方式让我印象深刻。
6 dealing NvjzWP     
n.经商方法,待人态度
参考例句:
  • This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.该商店因买卖公道而享有极高的声誉。
  • His fair dealing earned our confidence.他的诚实的行为获得我们的信任。
7 deficits 08e04c986818dbc337627eabec5b794e     
n.不足额( deficit的名词复数 );赤字;亏空;亏损
参考例句:
  • The Ministry of Finance consistently overestimated its budget deficits. 财政部一贯高估预算赤字。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Many of the world's farmers are also incurring economic deficits. 世界上许多农民还在遭受经济上的亏损。 来自辞典例句
8 apparently tMmyQ     
adv.显然地;表面上,似乎
参考例句:
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
9 indicted 4fe8f0223a4e14ee670547b1a8076e20     
控告,起诉( indict的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The senator was indicted for murder. 那位参议员被控犯谋杀罪。
  • He was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of murder. 他被大陪审团以两项谋杀罪名起诉。
10 custody Qntzd     
n.监护,照看,羁押,拘留
参考例句:
  • He spent a week in custody on remand awaiting sentence.等候判决期间他被还押候审一个星期。
  • He was taken into custody immediately after the robbery.抢劫案发生后,他立即被押了起来。
11 prosecutors a638e6811c029cb82f180298861e21e9     
检举人( prosecutor的名词复数 ); 告发人; 起诉人; 公诉人
参考例句:
  • 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。
12 proceedings Wk2zvX     
n.进程,过程,议程;诉讼(程序);公报
参考例句:
  • He was released on bail pending committal proceedings. 他交保获释正在候审。
  • to initiate legal proceedings against sb 对某人提起诉讼
13 costly 7zXxh     
adj.昂贵的,价值高的,豪华的
参考例句:
  • It must be very costly to keep up a house like this.维修这么一幢房子一定很昂贵。
  • This dictionary is very useful,only it is a bit costly.这本词典很有用,左不过贵了些。
14 durable frox4     
adj.持久的,耐久的
参考例句:
  • This raincoat is made of very durable material.这件雨衣是用非常耐用的料子做的。
  • They frequently require more major durable purchases.他们经常需要购买耐用消费品。
15 economists 2ba0a36f92d9c37ef31cc751bca1a748     
n.经济学家,经济专家( economist的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists. 股价的突然上涨使经济学家大惑不解。
  • Foreign bankers and economists cautiously welcomed the minister's initiative. 外国银行家和经济学家对部长的倡议反应谨慎。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 volatile tLQzQ     
adj.反复无常的,挥发性的,稍纵即逝的,脾气火爆的;n.挥发性物质
参考例句:
  • With the markets being so volatile,investments are at great risk.由于市场那么变化不定,投资冒着很大的风险。
  • His character was weak and volatile.他这个人意志薄弱,喜怒无常。
17 sectors 218ffb34fa5fb6bc1691e90cd45ad627     
n.部门( sector的名词复数 );领域;防御地区;扇形
参考例句:
  • Berlin was divided into four sectors after the war. 战后柏林分成了4 个区。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Industry and agriculture are the two important sectors of the national economy. 工业和农业是国民经济的两个重要部门。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
18 defense AxbxB     
n.防御,保卫;[pl.]防务工事;辩护,答辩
参考例句:
  • 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。
19 joint m3lx4     
adj.联合的,共同的;n.关节,接合处;v.连接,贴合
参考例句:
  • I had a bad fall,which put my shoulder out of joint.我重重地摔了一跤,肩膀脫臼了。
  • We wrote a letter in joint names.我们联名写了封信。
20 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
参考例句:
  • 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。
21 anonymity IMbyq     
n.the condition of being anonymous
参考例句:
  • Names of people in the book were changed to preserve anonymity. 为了姓名保密,书中的人用的都是化名。
  • Our company promises to preserve the anonymity of all its clients. 我们公司承诺不公开客户的姓名。
22 assessment vO7yu     
n.评价;评估;对财产的估价,被估定的金额
参考例句:
  • This is a very perceptive assessment of the situation.这是一个对该情况的极富洞察力的评价。
  • What is your assessment of the situation?你对时局的看法如何?
23 insurgency dqdzEb     
n.起义;暴动;叛变
参考例句:
  • And as in China, unrest and even insurgency are widespread. 而在中国,动乱甚至暴乱都普遍存在。 来自互联网
  • Dr Zyphur is part an insurgency against this idea. 塞弗博士是这一观点逆流的一部分。 来自互联网
24 justified 7pSzrk     
a.正当的,有理的
参考例句:
  • She felt fully justified in asking for her money back. 她认为有充分的理由要求退款。
  • The prisoner has certainly justified his claims by his actions. 那个囚犯确实已用自己的行动表明他的要求是正当的。
25 corruption TzCxn     
n.腐败,堕落,贪污
参考例句:
  • The people asked the government to hit out against corruption and theft.人民要求政府严惩贪污盗窃。
  • The old man reviled against corruption.那老人痛斥了贪污舞弊。
26 acquitted c33644484a0fb8e16df9d1c2cd057cb0     
宣判…无罪( acquit的过去式和过去分词 ); 使(自己)作出某种表现
参考例句:
  • The jury acquitted him of murder. 陪审团裁决他谋杀罪不成立。
  • Five months ago she was acquitted on a shoplifting charge. 五个月前她被宣判未犯入店行窃罪。
27 inhuman F7NxW     
adj.残忍的,不人道的,无人性的
参考例句:
  • We must unite the workers in fighting against inhuman conditions.我们必须使工人们团结起来反对那些难以忍受的工作条件。
  • It was inhuman to refuse him permission to see his wife.不容许他去看自己的妻子是太不近人情了。
28 indictment ybdzt     
n.起诉;诉状
参考例句:
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
  • They issued an indictment against them.他们起诉了他们。
29 maker DALxN     
n.制造者,制造商
参考例句:
  • He is a trouble maker,You must be distant with him.他是个捣蛋鬼,你不要跟他在一起。
  • A cabinet maker must be a master craftsman.家具木工必须是技艺高超的手艺人。
30 detergent dm1zW     
n.洗涤剂;adj.有洗净力的
参考例句:
  • He recommended a new detergent to me.他向我推荐一种新的洗涤剂。
  • This detergent can remove stubborn stains.这种去污剂能去除难洗的污渍。
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