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NPR 2011-01-17

时间:2011-02-11 03:27来源:互联网 提供网友:qi2261   字体: [ ]

The prime minister of Tunisia says a new government will be announced tomorrow. The president had left the country suddenly Friday night after weeks of anti-government protests. Sporadic1 violence has been reported since then with gun battles today outside the interior ministry2, the headquarters of the opposition3 party, and the presidential palace in a suburb of Tunis. Eleanor Beardsley reports that some Tunisians fear that the police might be behind some of the violence.

Actually, a lot of people here think that the militia4, the police that were very loyal to Ben Ali that they are starting trouble then and still trying to make things chaotic5 not only in Tunis but here in the south of the country. And I asked a person, you know, "How do you feel about the military and the police?" He said the military are correct; they are good; they've never done anything wrong. He said, "We hate the police."

Eleanor Beardsley reporting from Tunis.

The sudden expulsion of the president in Tunisia may be encouraging protests in Jordan, demanding the government's resignation over inflation and unemployment. Dale Gavlak in Amman says demonstrators from the left and the right have joined the protests.

More than 1,000 people called on Prime Minister Samir Rifai to step down, saying "changes" at the door. Lawyer Lynn Iyad says she's an independent who felt she had to register her opposition to the government's policies by her presence.

"We had a very big gap between the government and between the people. And many legislations are against the people's benefits. I do believe that they do understand it, but they are not capable enough to change their policies."

Jordan's government recently slashed6 prices and taxes on some foods and fuels, but critics say they don't go far enough. For NPR News, I'm Dale Gavlak in Amman.

President Obama is congratulating Sudan for its week-long referendum. Results are expected to show support for independence for the South. The president said in a statement that the sight of so many Sudanese voting in peaceful and orderly elections is an inspiration to the world.

In South Korea, people are seeing one of the coldest winters in decades. Michael Rhee reports from Seoul temperatures in some cases have plunged7 below minus ten degrees Fahrenheit8.

Cities throughout the country have been witnessing record lows this weekend. According to Yonhap News, the southern port city of Busan broke a record set more than 90 years ago, back in 1915. It wasn't as freezing here in Seoul which saw its coldest temperatures in a decade. But that didn't stop Chung Kang-il from selling popcorn9 on the street.

"It hasn't been this cold in years. It's extremely cold. But I can still move so I have to work."

Record lows have gripped the country all winter and have driven Korea's energy consumption to all-time highs. For NPR News, I'm Michael Rhee in Seoul.

More floods are expected today in Brazil, where more than 600 people have died.

This is NPR News.

A chairlift at a ski resort malfunctioned10 in Ohio yesterday, leaving stranded11 skiers and snowboarders dangling12 30 feet from the ground for several hours. It happened at Alpine13 Valley in Munson Township, east of Cleveland. Responders threw blankets and hand warmers to the more than 80 people while they installed ropes and pulleys to lower them to safety one by one. Eventually, emergency crews were able to rescue everyone. There were no injuries.

General Motors is expanding a recall of sport utility vehicles and pickup14 trucks. WDET's Jerome Vaughn reports a faulty part could cause the rear axle to lock up.

The recall includes a dozen different models from 2011, including the Cadillac Escalade SUV as well as the Chevrolet Avalanche15 and GMC Canyon16 pickup trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says pins in the rear axle may not have been heat treated, making them more susceptible17 to fracture. Broken pins could allow the rear axle to lock, increasing the possibility of a crash. GM had originally recalled 1,200 vehicles last month, but expanded the action to more than 26,000 after finding more trucks with the faulty parts. The automaker is advising owners not to drive the vehicles until the rear axle pins have been replaced by dealers18. For NPR News, I'm Jerome Vaughn in Detroit.

The farther of the youngest person who died in the shootings in Tucson a week and a day ago says some of her organs were donated to a young girl in the Boston area. John Green told the Boston Globe he received a phone call about the transplant but didn't know any details about it. Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green had gone to meet the congresswoman last Saturday because of her interest in government.

I'm Nora Raum, NPR News in Washington.


1 sporadic PT0zT     
adj.偶尔发生的 [反]regular;分散的
  • The sound of sporadic shooting could still be heard.仍能听见零星的枪声。
  • You know this better than I.I received only sporadic news about it.你们比我更清楚,而我听到的只是零星消息。
2 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。
3 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
4 militia 375zN     
  • First came the PLA men,then the people's militia.人民解放军走在前面,其次是民兵。
  • There's a building guarded by the local militia at the corner of the street.街道拐角处有一幢由当地民兵团守卫的大楼。
5 chaotic rUTyD     
  • Things have been getting chaotic in the office recently.最近办公室的情况越来越乱了。
  • The traffic in the city was chaotic.这城市的交通糟透了。
6 slashed 8ff3ba5a4258d9c9f9590cbbb804f2db     
v.挥砍( slash的过去式和过去分词 );鞭打;割破;削减
  • Someone had slashed the tyres on my car. 有人把我的汽车轮胎割破了。
  • He slashed the bark off the tree with his knife. 他用刀把树皮从树上砍下。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 plunged 06a599a54b33c9d941718dccc7739582     
v.颠簸( plunge的过去式和过去分词 );暴跌;骤降;突降
  • The train derailed and plunged into the river. 火车脱轨栽进了河里。
  • She lost her balance and plunged 100 feet to her death. 她没有站稳,从100英尺的高处跌下摔死了。
8 Fahrenheit hlhx9     
  • He was asked for the boiling point of water in Fahrenheit.他被问到水的沸点是华氏多少度。
  • The thermometer reads 80 degrees Fahrenheit.寒暑表指出华氏80度。
9 popcorn 8lUzJI     
  • I like to eat popcorn when I am watching TV play at home.当我在家观看电视剧时,喜欢吃爆米花。
  • He still stood behind his cash register stuffing his mouth with popcorn.他仍站在收银机后,嘴里塞满了爆米花。
10 malfunctioned 3382f43df02bbf0a078a163bd4af7dfd     
  • Is there any way the dye pack malfunctioned back at the bank? 什么能使爆色板在银行内就失效? 来自电影对白
  • The malfunctioned roller of his mouse is under repair. 他鼠标的滚轴失灵了,正在修呢。 来自互联网
11 stranded thfz18     
  • He was stranded in a strange city without money. 他流落在一个陌生的城市里, 身无分文,一筹莫展。
  • I was stranded in the strange town without money or friends. 我困在那陌生的城市,既没有钱,又没有朋友。
12 dangling 4930128e58930768b1c1c75026ebc649     
悬吊着( dangle的现在分词 ); 摆动不定; 用某事物诱惑…; 吊胃口
  • The tooth hung dangling by the bedpost, now. 结果,那颗牙就晃来晃去吊在床柱上了。
  • The children sat on the high wall,their legs dangling. 孩子们坐在一堵高墙上,摇晃着他们的双腿。
13 alpine ozCz0j     
  • Alpine flowers are abundant there.那里有很多高山地带的花。
  • Its main attractions are alpine lakes and waterfalls .它以高山湖泊和瀑布群为主要特色。
14 pickup ANkxA     
  • I would love to trade this car for a pickup truck.我愿意用这辆汽车换一辆小型轻便卡车。||The luck guy is a choice pickup for the girls.那位幸运的男孩是女孩子们想勾搭上的人。
15 avalanche 8ujzl     
  • They were killed by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps.他们在瑞士阿尔卑斯山的一次雪崩中罹难。
  • Higher still the snow was ready to avalanche.在更高处积雪随时都会崩塌。
16 canyon 4TYya     
  • The Grand Canyon in the USA is 1900 metres deep.美国的大峡谷1900米深。
  • The canyon is famous for producing echoes.这个峡谷以回声而闻名。
17 susceptible 4rrw7     
  • Children are more susceptible than adults.孩子比成人易受感动。
  • We are all susceptible to advertising.我们都易受广告的影响。
18 dealers 95e592fc0f5dffc9b9616efd02201373     
n.商人( dealer的名词复数 );贩毒者;毒品贩子;发牌者
  • There was fast bidding between private collectors and dealers. 私人收藏家和交易商急速竞相喊价。
  • The police were corrupt and were operating in collusion with the drug dealers. 警察腐败,与那伙毒品贩子内外勾结。
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