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NPR 2010-09-30

时间:2010-10-08 02:53来源:互联网 提供网友:xn0006   字体: [ ]

US officials are still trying to confirm that a major terrorist plot coming out of Pakistan has no American component1. As NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports, terrorists allegedly have been planning commando-like attacks on European civilian2 targets.

The would-be attackers had allegedly planned to send out small teams of gunmen to capture and kill Western hostages in Europe. It's unclear whether the United States was part of the plan as well. The plot, which was supposed to take its cues from a commando-style attack in India several years ago, was allegedly moving ahead, but was not imminent3. News of the planned attack is thought to have come from a German terror suspect who was arrested several months ago. He's been at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan ever since. Dina Temple-Raston, NPR News.

Diplomatic pressure to salvage4 Middle East peace talks is intensifying5. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports the European Union’s foreign policy chief is heading to the Middle East to join the effort.

Talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hit their first roadblock when Israel refused to extend a partial moratorium6 on Jewish housing projects in the West Bank. The European Union's Catherine Ashton says she's cutting short her stay in Washington to see if she can help keep talks moving.

"More than anything, we would like to see, of course, the moratorium on settlement building continue, but we are very keen to see the opportunity for President Abbas to stay in the talks, and for them to move forward to a successful conclusion."

Ashton will join US Middle East envoy7 George Mitchell who has been trying to salvage the talks which were launched less than a month ago. Michele Kelemen, NPR News, Washington

Angry protesters in Brussels among thousands throughout Europe today, demonstrating against government austerity measures in EU countries. Many EU governments are cutting wages, pensions and public sector8 jobs as they try to recover from the recession.

President Obama is in Richmond, Virginia for another in his so-called backyard discussions on the economy. Earlier today, he spoke9 with a group of about 70 voters in Des Moines, Iowa. He's trying to boost support for Democrats10 in upcoming midterm elections.

"You can't say you want to balance the budget, deal with our deficit11, invest in our kids and have a $700-billion tax cut that affects only 2% of the population. You just can't do it."

Mr. Obama's bipartisan budget commission today holds its last public meeting before the November elections, looking for ways to cut the federal deficit.

Just before the close on Wall Street today, the Dow fell 27 points down at 10,830; the NASDAQ was down three at 2,376; the S&P was off three.

This is NPR.

BP's incoming CEO says he's setting up a new safety division to monitor the company's operations around the world. Bob Dudley said today he's appointing Mark Bly as a kind of safety czar. BP says Bly will have more authority than previous safety chiefs with representatives in every business unit able to intervene if safety standards aren’t being met.

Lucasfilm is announcing the reincarnation of the Star Wars saga12 in 3D. The Star Wars website says the live-action blockbusters lend themselves perfectly13 to 3D, but the stereo conversion14 will take time. Episode one isn't expected to be released until 2012.

Director Arthur Penn has died. As NPR's Neda Ulaby reports, Penn earned a lasting15 place in film history for the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde".

That ending still shocks today. The scorching16 young outlaws17 ambushed18. They died spasmodically in a frenzy19 of bullets. No one had seen anything like "Bonnie and Clyde", the violence, the sex, the disorienting editing grafted20 from European art-house movies onto Hollywood cinema. It would never look the same. Arthur Penn started professionally in television. His "Miracle Worker" from 1957 was such a success. He later directed the Broadway play and the 1962 movie. Winning Oscars for "Anne Bancroft" and "Patty Duke". Arthur Penn also directed "Little Big Man" and "Alice's Restaurant". He died Tuesday, a day after his 88th birthday. Neda Ulaby, NPR News.

And I'm Barbara Klein, NPR News in Washington.


1 component epSzv     
  • Each component is carefully checked before assembly.每个零件在装配前都经过仔细检查。
  • Blade and handle are the component parts of a knife.刀身和刀柄是一把刀的组成部分。
2 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。
3 imminent zc9z2     
  • The black clounds show that a storm is imminent.乌云预示暴风雨即将来临。
  • The country is in imminent danger.国难当头。
4 salvage ECHzB     
  • All attempts to salvage the wrecked ship failed.抢救失事船只的一切努力都失败了。
  • The salvage was piled upon the pier.抢救出的财产被堆放在码头上。
5 intensifying 6af105724a108def30288b810d78b276     
v.(使)增强, (使)加剧( intensify的现在分词 );增辉
  • The allies are intensifying their air campaign. 联军部队正加大他们的空战强度。 来自辞典例句
  • The rest of the European powers were in a state of intensifying congestion. 其余的欧洲强国则处于越来越拥挤的状态。 来自英汉非文学 - 历史
6 moratorium K6gz5     
  • The government has called for a moratorium on weapons testing.政府已要求暂停武器试验。
  • We recommended a moratorium on two particular kinds of experiments.我们建议暂禁两种特殊的实验。
7 envoy xoLx7     
  • Their envoy showed no sign of responding to our proposals.他们的代表对我方的提议毫无回应的迹象。
  • The government has not yet appointed an envoy to the area.政府尚未向这一地区派过外交官。
8 sector yjczYn     
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
9 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
  • 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。
10 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 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。
12 saga aCez4     
  • The saga of Flight 19 is probably the most repeated story about the Bermuda Triangle.飞行19中队的传说或许是有关百慕大三角最重复的故事。
  • The novel depicts the saga of a family.小说描绘了一个家族的传奇故事。
13 perfectly 8Mzxb     
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.证人们个个对自己所说的话十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我们做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
14 conversion UZPyI     
  • He underwent quite a conversion.他彻底变了。
  • Waste conversion is a part of the production process.废物处理是生产过程的一个组成部分。
15 lasting IpCz02     
  • The lasting war debased the value of the dollar.持久的战争使美元贬值。
  • We hope for a lasting settlement of all these troubles.我们希望这些纠纷能获得永久的解决。
16 scorching xjqzPr     
adj. 灼热的
  • a scorching, pitiless sun 灼热的骄阳
  • a scorching critique of the government's economic policy 对政府经济政策的严厉批评
17 outlaws 7eb8a8faa85063e1e8425968c2a222fe     
歹徒,亡命之徒( outlaw的名词复数 ); 逃犯
  • During his year in the forest, Robin met many other outlaws. 在森林里的一年,罗宾遇见其他许多绿林大盗。
  • I didn't have to leave the country or fight outlaws. 我不必离开自己的国家,也不必与不法分子斗争。
18 ambushed d4df1f5c72f934ee4bc7a6c77b5887ec     
v.埋伏( ambush的过去式和过去分词 );埋伏着
  • The general ambushed his troops in the dense woods. 将军把部队埋伏在浓密的树林里。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The military vehicles were ambushed. 军车遭到伏击。 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 frenzy jQbzs     
  • He was able to work the young students up into a frenzy.他能激起青年学生的狂热。
  • They were singing in a frenzy of joy.他们欣喜若狂地高声歌唱。
20 grafted adfa8973f8de58d9bd9c5b67221a3cfe     
移植( graft的过去式和过去分词 ); 嫁接; 使(思想、制度等)成为(…的一部份); 植根
  • No art can be grafted with success on another art. 没有哪种艺术能成功地嫁接到另一种艺术上。
  • Apples are easily grafted. 苹果树很容易嫁接。
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