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    Iraq has reacted defiantly1 to the American and British air raids on targets near Baghdad.  President Sadam Hussein vowed2 to fight until victory on land, in the air and at sea.  China and Russia have also 1)condemned the air strikes.  But the United States defended the 2)raids saying Iraqi air defenses were threatening allied3 aircraft 3)patrolling the air 4)exclusion zones imposed after the Gulf4 War. The latest Iraqi casualty figures say two civilians6 were killed and twenty people were injured in the attacks. The Iraqi capital Baghdad this morning the public mood on first glance appeared to be on of 5)resignation. Iraq had suffered another attack 6)at the hands of American and British aircraft. There was little ordinary Iraqi's could do about it. In total, twenty-four American and British aircraft were involved in last night's attack. They fired their missiles from south of the 33rd parallel where Iraqi aircraft are not allowed to fly. But their targets were above the parallel and near Baghdad as close as five miles. The installations hit were radar7 units and command control centers which the 7)Pentagon claims were some distance from civilian5 areas.


   Japan got its latest warning flag that there's a long way to go before it's on the road to economic recovery. It recorded its first monthly trade 8)deficit8 in four years last month. The January trade deficit 9)tumbled to $824 million mainly because of the economic 10)slowdowns in United States and Asia in general. Exporters Nippon Steel, NEC and Matsushita Electric Industrial among others have all noted9 that sales are slowing to those regions.


    Now European finance ministers are expected to 11)reprimand the Irish government today after they meet in 12)Brussels. They've been alarmed by December's budget in the Irish Republic which cut taxes and increased government spending. The other European countries fear this will 13)stoke up inflation and 14)undermine the stability of the Euro, the single 15)currency.

   Finance ministers from the European Unions 15 states are holding their regular monthly meeting in Brussels. They've been given the 16)tricky10 task of 17)handing out some public criticism to the government of the country with the most successful economy, the Irish Republic. In the last five years Ireland has 18)boomed growing by an average eight percent a year, unemployment has reached its lowest level for 20 years and task prices in 19)Dublin became more expensive than in London.


   Executives of the plan Hong Kong Disneyland met with business leaders and government officials this week for a status check of development plans. Disney's second Asian park is scheduled to open in 2005.The Hong Kong government is providing nearly three billion US dollars in land and financial 20)subsidies. The chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts says everything's on schedule and going as planned.


   Residents across the South Eastern United States are cleaning up after a storm with near 21)hurricane force winds ____ through the region. At least two people were killed and hundreds of thousands of people were left without electricity as heavy rain and strong winds made their mark on five US states. Officials said it may take days to restore power in some areas. In Texas a military medical 22)evacuation team used a helicopter to ____three children and a driver from the roof of a school bus. The bus had been swept into a rain swollen11 creek12.

   Finally in sports Real Madrid and Leeds are through to the quarterfinals of the European Champions League. But we start tonight's 23)wrap up of soccer action with 24)penalties deciding a semi-final clash in Brazil.

   The semi-final first leg of the Rio-Sao Paulo 25)tournament ended 1-nil in Sao Paulo's favor. In the return leg in Rio Fluminense made the most of home advantage opening the scoring with a strike from Marco Brito. And seven minutes later Brito added a second from outside the penalty area. Sao Paulo pulled a goal back on the arrow when Franca made it 2-1 on the night and 2-all on aggregate13.  It took 18 penalties to decide the winner with Ilan sending Sao Paulo into the finals against Botafogo.


















1) condemn  v. 谴责;非难   

2) raid  n. [军事]袭击,空袭  

3) patrol v. 巡逻,巡视 

4) exclusion  n. 排斥,拒绝 

5) resignation  n. 屈从;辞职 

6) at the hands of  被;受

7) pentagon  n. 五角形。the Pentagon,五角大楼,即美国国防部,位于美国弗吉尼亚州的一幢正五角边形建筑。

8) deficit  n. 亏损,赤字             9) tumble  v. 急骤下跌;跌落

10) slowdown  n. 减速;降低生产速度

11) reprimand  v. 申斥;谴责      12) Brussels  n. 布鲁塞尔,比利时首都

13) stoke v. 拨旺;司炉               14) undermine v. 削弱……的基础;使……垮台

15) currency n. 通货,货币         16) tricky a. 善施妙计的;爱耍花招的

17) hand out  把……拿出来;分发             18) boom  v.(商业、城市等)迅速发展;繁荣

19) Dublin n. 都柏林,爱尔兰共和国首都。

20) subsidy  n. 拨款;资助      

21) hurricane  n. 飓风

22) evacuation n. [军事]撤退,疏散       23) wrap up (非正式语)结束(一项活动)

24) penalty  n. [体育](因犯规)受罚         

25) tournament n. 锦标赛;联赛



1 defiantly defiantly     
  • Braving snow and frost, the plum trees blossomed defiantly. 红梅傲雪凌霜开。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • She tilted her chin at him defiantly. 她向他翘起下巴表示挑衅。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 vowed 6996270667378281d2f9ee561353c089     
  • He vowed quite solemnly that he would carry out his promise. 他非常庄严地发誓要实现他的诺言。
  • I vowed to do more of the cooking myself. 我发誓自己要多动手做饭。
3 allied iLtys     
  • Britain was allied with the United States many times in history.历史上英国曾多次与美国结盟。
  • Allied forces sustained heavy losses in the first few weeks of the campaign.同盟国在最初几周内遭受了巨大的损失。
4 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。
5 civilian uqbzl     
  • There is no reliable information about civilian casualties.关于平民的伤亡还没有确凿的信息。
  • He resigned his commission to take up a civilian job.他辞去军职而从事平民工作。
6 civilians 2a8bdc87d05da507ff4534c9c974b785     
平民,百姓( civilian的名词复数 ); 老百姓
  • the bloody massacre of innocent civilians 对无辜平民的血腥屠杀
  • At least 300 civilians are unaccounted for after the bombing raids. 遭轰炸袭击之后,至少有300名平民下落不明。
7 radar kTUxx     
  • They are following the flight of an aircraft by radar.他们正在用雷达追踪一架飞机的飞行。
  • Enemy ships were detected on the radar.敌舰的影像已显现在雷达上。
8 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事们报告赤字为250万美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我们今年有很大亏损。
9 noted 5n4zXc     
  • The local hotel is noted for its good table.当地的那家酒店以餐食精美而著称。
  • Jim is noted for arriving late for work.吉姆上班迟到出了名。
10 tricky 9fCzyd     
  • I'm in a rather tricky position.Can you help me out?我的处境很棘手,你能帮我吗?
  • He avoided this tricky question and talked in generalities.他回避了这个非常微妙的问题,只做了个笼统的表述。
11 swollen DrcwL     
  • Her legs had got swollen from standing up all day.因为整天站着,她的双腿已经肿了。
  • A mosquito had bitten her and her arm had swollen up.蚊子叮了她,她的手臂肿起来了。
12 creek 3orzL     
  • He sprang through the creek.他跳过小河。
  • People sunbathe in the nude on the rocks above the creek.人们在露出小溪的岩石上裸体晒日光浴。
13 aggregate cKOyE     
  • The football team had a low goal aggregate last season.这支足球队上个赛季的进球总数很少。
  • The money collected will aggregate a thousand dollars.进帐总额将达一千美元。
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