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NPR 2010-11-21

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NATO leaders agreed today on a plan to transfer to the Afghan military the job of ensuring that nation's security. President Obama said the international force would start their process next year.
"We agreed that early 2011 will mark the beginning of a transition to Afghan responsibility, and we adopted the goal of Afghan forces taking the lead for security across the country by the end of 2014. This is a goal that President Karzai has put forward."After meeting with NATO leaders, President Karzai repeatedly thanked the member nations, troops and taxpayers1 for their sacrifices. Alison Roberts reports from Lisbon Karzai is also discussing plans for comprehensive peace talks.
After expressing his gratitude2, Afghanistan's president reiterated3 his concerns about civilian4 casualties resulting from foreign military operations. He expressed what he said was a unanimous desire among Afghans to launch a comprehensive peace process, a desire he said NATO leaders understood. But in an answer to a question about including the Taliban and former fighters in peace talks, he implied he does not now have NATO's full backing to do that.
"We are moving in the direction of peace talks under Afghan leadership understood and endorsed5 by the international community."Karzai said his discussion with NATO leaders was a very friendly one on all issues. For NPR News, I'm Alison Roberts in Lisbon.
At least four people are dead after two explosions in eastern Afghanistan. NPR's Quil Lawrence reports from Kabul women and children are among the dead and wounded.
Afghan government officials said the apparent target of the first bomb was a checkpoint, where police were searching cars in Laghman province, 60 miles east of Kabul. The explosion wounded dozens. Among the dead were a child, a woman and an elderly man. The bomb was strapped6 to a bicycle and possibly detonated by remote. The second bomb was also attached to a bicycle inside Laghman's provincial7 capital of Mehtar Lam, according to the deputy governor. Laghman province is one of many surrounding Kabul that has seen an increased presence of Taliban insurgents8 in recent years. Quil Lawrence, NPR News, Kabul.
A Christian9 women sentenced to death for blasphemy10 against Islam is asking the Pakistani president for a pardon. The mother of four small children told reporters today she had been wrongly convicted, saying the case has stemmed from a dispute with her neighbors over livestock11. She was the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan's blasphemy law, which critics say is used to persecute12 religious minorities and to settle personal scores.
The Pope is saying the use of condoms may be morally justified13 in some cases. The Vatican today released excerpts14 of a new book by the Pope to be published next week. He says that condom use may be justified, if used by male prostitutes attempting to limit the spread of HIV, since contraception would not be a factor.
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The residents of the entire east bank of New Orleans are being told to boil their water. The order came early this morning after a brief power failure at a water purification plant caused by a large drop in water pressure. A superintendent15 calls the advisory16 precautionary and says that water quality has not been affected17. This is the most widespread such order since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The spokesman for Los Angeles County courts denies claims that he was fired for leaking information to a celebrity18 website. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports that Allan Parachini says he was let go for giving reporters access to legitimate19 public records.
Parachini, a former journalist, has been in front of the cameras at LA courthouses for eight years, explaining the intricacies of Lindsay Lohan's and Paris Hilton's travails20. He told the Los Angeles Times that rumors21 that he had taken bribes22 from the celebrity tabloid23 TMZ.com are completely false. Parachini says in recent months he had clashed with court administrators24 delaying reporters' inquiries25 into information he believed to be pubic, such as judges' expense reports and employee salaries. Mary Hearn, who is currently taking over Parachini's old job, says she cannot comment on personnel issues, but did add that the court makes every effort to release information in the public domain26. Carrie Kahn, NPR News.
The latest "Harry27 Potter" movie brought in $61.2 million in its first day yesterday, putting it on track to out-earn the franchise's previous high, "Harry Potter and the Goblet28 of Fire" in 2005. This one is "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1", based on the first part of the seventh and final novel in the series. "Part 2" is due out in July.


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1 taxpayers 8fa061caeafce8edc9456e95d19c84b4     
纳税人,纳税的机构( taxpayer的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Finance for education comes from taxpayers. 教育经费来自纳税人。
  • She was declaiming against the waste of the taxpayers' money. 她慷慨陈词猛烈抨击对纳税人金钱的浪费。
2 gratitude p6wyS     
adj.感激,感谢
参考例句:
  • I have expressed the depth of my gratitude to him.我向他表示了深切的谢意。
  • She could not help her tears of gratitude rolling down her face.她感激的泪珠禁不住沿着面颊流了下来。
3 reiterated d9580be532fe69f8451c32061126606b     
反复地说,重申( reiterate的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • "Well, I want to know about it,'she reiterated. “嗯,我一定要知道你的休假日期,"她重复说。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Some twenty-two years later President Polk reiterated and elaborated upon these principles. 大约二十二年之后,波尔克总统重申这些原则并且刻意阐释一番。
4 civilian uqbzl     
adj.平民的,民用的,民众的
参考例句:
  • 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。
5 endorsed a604e73131bb1a34283a5ebcd349def4     
vt.& vi.endorse的过去式或过去分词形式v.赞同( endorse的过去式和过去分词 );在(尤指支票的)背面签字;在(文件的)背面写评论;在广告上说本人使用并赞同某产品
参考例句:
  • The committee endorsed an initiative by the chairman to enter discussion about a possible merger. 委员会通过了主席提出的新方案,开始就可能进行的并购进行讨论。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The government has broadly endorsed a research paper proposing new educational targets for 14-year-olds. 政府基本上支持建议对14 岁少年实行新教育目标的研究报告。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 strapped ec484d13545e19c0939d46e2d1eb24bc     
adj.用皮带捆住的,用皮带装饰的;身无分文的;缺钱;手头紧v.用皮带捆扎(strap的过去式和过去分词);用皮带抽打;包扎;给…打绷带
参考例句:
  • Make sure that the child is strapped tightly into the buggy. 一定要把孩子牢牢地拴在婴儿车上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The soldiers' great coats were strapped on their packs. 战士们的厚大衣扎捆在背包上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 provincial Nt8ye     
adj.省的,地方的;n.外省人,乡下人
参考例句:
  • City dwellers think country folk have provincial attitudes.城里人以为乡下人思想迂腐。
  • Two leading cadres came down from the provincial capital yesterday.昨天从省里下来了两位领导干部。
8 insurgents c68be457307815b039a352428718de59     
n.起义,暴动,造反( insurgent的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • 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
9 Christian KVByl     
adj.基督教徒的;n.基督教徒
参考例句:
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他们总是以教名互相称呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
10 blasphemy noyyW     
n.亵渎,渎神
参考例句:
  • His writings were branded as obscene and a blasphemy against God.他的著作被定为淫秽作品,是对上帝的亵渎。
  • You have just heard his blasphemy!你刚刚听到他那番亵渎上帝的话了!
11 livestock c0Wx1     
n.家畜,牲畜
参考例句:
  • Both men and livestock are flourishing.人畜两旺。
  • The heavy rains and flooding killed scores of livestock.暴雨和大水淹死了许多牲口。
12 persecute gAwyA     
vt.迫害,虐待;纠缠,骚扰
参考例句:
  • They persecute those who do not conform to their ideas.他们迫害那些不信奉他们思想的人。
  • Hitler's undisguised effort to persecute the Jews met with worldwide condemnation.希特勒对犹太人的露骨迫害行为遭到世界人民的谴责。
13 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。
14 excerpts 2decb803173f2e91acdfb31c501d6725     
n.摘录,摘要( excerpt的名词复数 );节选(音乐,电影)片段
参考例句:
  • Some excerpts from a Renaissance mass are spatchcocked into Gluck's pallid Don Juan music. 一些文艺复光时期的弥撒的选节被不适当地加入到了格鲁克平淡无味的唐璜音乐中。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He is editing together excerpts of some of his films. 他正在将自己制作的一些电影的片断进行剪辑合成。 来自辞典例句
15 superintendent vsTwV     
n.监督人,主管,总监;(英国)警务长
参考例句:
  • He was soon promoted to the post of superintendent of Foreign Trade.他很快就被擢升为对外贸易总监。
  • He decided to call the superintendent of the building.他决定给楼房管理员打电话。
16 advisory lKvyj     
adj.劝告的,忠告的,顾问的,提供咨询
参考例句:
  • I have worked in an advisory capacity with many hospitals.我曾在多家医院做过顾问工作。
  • He was appointed to the advisory committee last month.他上个月获任命为顾问委员会委员。
17 affected TzUzg0     
adj.不自然的,假装的
参考例句:
  • 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。
18 celebrity xcRyQ     
n.名人,名流;著名,名声,名望
参考例句:
  • Tom found himself something of a celebrity. 汤姆意识到自己已小有名气了。
  • He haunted famous men, hoping to get celebrity for himself. 他常和名人在一起, 希望借此使自己获得名气。
19 legitimate L9ZzJ     
adj.合法的,合理的,合乎逻辑的;v.使合法
参考例句:
  • 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。
20 travails 95056a2da4e326571f15f3d4cf11e9ad     
n.艰苦劳动( travail的名词复数 );辛勤努力;痛苦;分娩的阵痛
参考例句:
  • In the and travails of businesses you'll always need hometown help. 就算你的业务扩大到其他城市,也不要忘了你的发源地。 来自互联网
  • Tata Motor's travails with Land Rover and Jaguar spring to mind as recent less-than-favorable examples. 印度塔塔汽车公司对陆虎和捷豹品牌的辛苦收购就是最近一个不如人意的例子。 来自互联网
21 rumors 2170bcd55c0e3844ecb4ef13fef29b01     
n.传闻( rumor的名词复数 );[古]名誉;咕哝;[古]喧嚷v.传闻( rumor的第三人称单数 );[古]名誉;咕哝;[古]喧嚷
参考例句:
  • Rumors have it that the school was burned down. 有谣言说学校给烧掉了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Rumors of a revolt were afloat. 叛变的谣言四起。 来自《简明英汉词典》
22 bribes f3132f875c572eefabf4271b3ea7b2ca     
n.贿赂( bribe的名词复数 );向(某人)行贿,贿赂v.贿赂( bribe的第三人称单数 );向(某人)行贿,贿赂
参考例句:
  • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
  • corrupt officials accepting bribes 接受贿赂的贪官污吏
23 tabloid wIDzy     
adj.轰动性的,庸俗的;n.小报,文摘
参考例句:
  • He launched into a verbal assault on tabloid journalism.他口头对小报新闻进行了抨击。
  • He believes that the tabloid press has behaved disgracefully.他认为小报媒体的行为不太光彩。
24 administrators d04952b3df94d47c04fc2dc28396a62d     
n.管理者( administrator的名词复数 );有管理(或行政)才能的人;(由遗嘱检验法庭指定的)遗产管理人;奉派暂管主教教区的牧师
参考例句:
  • He had administrators under him but took the crucial decisions himself. 他手下有管理人员,但重要的决策仍由他自己来做。 来自辞典例句
  • Administrators have their own methods of social intercourse. 办行政的人有他们的社交方式。 来自汉英文学 - 围城
25 inquiries 86a54c7f2b27c02acf9fcb16a31c4b57     
n.调查( inquiry的名词复数 );疑问;探究;打听
参考例句:
  • He was released on bail pending further inquiries. 他获得保释,等候进一步调查。
  • I have failed to reach them by postal inquiries. 我未能通过邮政查询与他们取得联系。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
26 domain ys8xC     
n.(活动等)领域,范围;领地,势力范围
参考例句:
  • This information should be in the public domain.这一消息应该为公众所知。
  • This question comes into the domain of philosophy.这一问题属于哲学范畴。
27 harry heBxS     
vt.掠夺,蹂躏,使苦恼
参考例句:
  • Today,people feel more hurried and harried.今天,人们感到更加忙碌和苦恼。
  • Obama harried business by Healthcare Reform plan.奥巴马用医改掠夺了商界。
28 goblet S66yI     
n.高脚酒杯
参考例句:
  • He poured some wine into the goblet.他向高脚酒杯里倒了一些葡萄酒。
  • He swirled the brandy around in the huge goblet.他摇晃着高脚大玻璃杯使里面的白兰地酒旋动起来。
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