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NPR 2011-01-27

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Rioting is raging for a second day in Egypt. Risking arrest, thousands of protesters have again flooded into central Cairo to demand President Hosni Mubarak and his nearly 30-year grip on power. There were reports of police firing rubber bullets at the crowd and out-of-uniform officers dragging protesters away and beating them up. Today, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Egypt to end its crackdown.

“We urge the Egyptian authorities not to prevent peaceful protests or block communications, including unsocial media sites.”

Clinton again urged all sides who exercise restraint. Meanwhile, the growing unrest may have prompted Egypt’s trade minister to cancel his trip to the World Economic Forum1 in Davos, where the pros2 and cons3 of investing in emerging economies will be central this year.

The Federal Reserve is beginning 2011 much as it ended last year. And as Steve Beckner of Market News International reports, that means keeping monetary4 policy very lax for the foreseeable future.

The Fed’s policymaking Federal Open Market Committee is not saying much new at the end of two days of meetings. By a unanimous vote, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues are keeping the federal funds rate near zero, where that’s been for more than two years. Once again, they’re advertising5 their intent to keep that key short-term interest rate exceptionally low for an extended period. What’s more, they plan to keep buying treasury6 bonds in an effort to hold down long-term rates. Explaining the decision, the FOMC notes commodity prices are rising, but says underlying7 inflation has been trending downward. And it says the economy is growing too slowly to significantly reduce unemployment. For NPR News, I’m Steve Beckner in Washington.

Russia’s upper house parliament has approved the landmark8 nuclear arms treaty that President Obama championed last year. The final hurdle9 for the New START treaty is a formal signature from Russia’s president, as NPR’s David Greene tells us.

President Obama pressed hard for this treaty as a way to show he was truly resetting10 relations with Russia. He was able to overcome concerns from Republicans in Congress last month, when the Senate ratified11 the treaty. Now, Russian lawmakers have weighed in. The Duma or lower house of parliament approved the treaty yesterday. Then today, the Federation12 Council or upper house gave its unanimous support. The treaty, once enforced, will reduce the limit on strategic warheads for both nations from a maximum of 2,200 warheads to 1,550. Also, a monitoring system that had expired will be resumed. David Greene, NPR News, Moscow.

Moscow’s transport police chief is out of a job for security lapses13 that the Kremlin says led to Monday’s suicide bombing at an airport. Today, President Dmitry Medvedev also had scathing14 words for what he called “passive” officers who guard the country’s airports and rail stations. The airport bombing killed 35 people.

The Dow broke the 12,000 mark, rising 28 points. This is NPR News.

President Obama went out on the road today, touting15 the need for more US competition on the world stage, echoing his message from the State of Union last night.

“We need to make sure American workers can go to head-to-head with workers in any country on Earth. We’ve got to be more productive, more capable, more skilled than any workers on Earth.”

President Obama speaking at a factory in Wisconsin.

More reports of violence out of Mexico. Last night, a federal policeman shot and killed a member of the mayor’s security detail in Ciudad Juarez. Details from NPR’s John Burnett.

Mayor Hector Murguia was visiting a private home in central Juarez last night while his bodyguards17 formed a security perimeter18 outside. The federal police say they received a report of armed men standing19 in the street. And when they arrived on the scene, the mayor’s bodyguards, dressed in civilian20 clothes, pointed21 their guns at the Federallies, who opened fire. Murguia insists his men identified themselves, lowered their weapons and raised their hands as the federal police commanded. In a late-night press conference, the newly elected mayor said he considers the killing22 of his bodyguard16 a deliberate act, and he demands a full investigation23. Thousands of federal police are in Juarez to help patrol the violent city, where a mafia turf war killed more than 3,000 people last year. John Burnett, NPR News.

The explosion at a Colombian coal mine today may have killed far more people than initially24 thought. At least five people were reported dead earlier today. However, Reuters news service is reporting that as many (as) 20 miners may have been killed in the underground blast. Authorities say at least a dozen may be missing.


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1 forum cilx0     
n.论坛,讨论会
参考例句:
  • They're holding a forum on new ways of teaching history.他们正在举行历史教学讨论会。
  • The organisation would provide a forum where problems could be discussed.这个组织将提供一个可以讨论问题的平台。
2 pros pros     
abbr.prosecuting 起诉;prosecutor 起诉人;professionals 自由职业者;proscenium (舞台)前部n.赞成的意见( pro的名词复数 );赞成的理由;抵偿物;交换物
参考例句:
  • The pros and cons cancel out. 正反两种意见抵消。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • We should hear all the pros and cons of the matter before we make a decision. 我们在对这事做出决定之前,应该先听取正反两方面的意见。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 cons eec38a6d10735a91d1247a80b5e213a6     
n.欺骗,骗局( con的名词复数 )v.诈骗,哄骗( con的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • The pros and cons cancel out. 正反两种意见抵消。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • We should hear all the pros and cons of the matter before we make a decision. 我们在对这事做出决定之前,应该先听取正反两方面的意见。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 monetary pEkxb     
adj.货币的,钱的;通货的;金融的;财政的
参考例句:
  • The monetary system of some countries used to be based on gold.过去有些国家的货币制度是金本位制的。
  • Education in the wilderness is not a matter of monetary means.荒凉地区的教育不是钱财问题。
5 advertising 1zjzi3     
n.广告业;广告活动 a.广告的;广告业务的
参考例句:
  • Can you give me any advice on getting into advertising? 你能指点我如何涉足广告业吗?
  • The advertising campaign is aimed primarily at young people. 这个广告宣传运动主要是针对年轻人的。
6 treasury 7GeyP     
n.宝库;国库,金库;文库
参考例句:
  • The Treasury was opposed in principle to the proposals.财政部原则上反对这些提案。
  • This book is a treasury of useful information.这本书是有价值的信息宝库。
7 underlying 5fyz8c     
adj.在下面的,含蓄的,潜在的
参考例句:
  • The underlying theme of the novel is very serious.小说隐含的主题是十分严肃的。
  • This word has its underlying meaning.这个单词有它潜在的含义。
8 landmark j2DxG     
n.陆标,划时代的事,地界标
参考例句:
  • The Russian Revolution represents a landmark in world history.俄国革命是世界历史上的一个里程碑。
  • The tower was once a landmark for ships.这座塔曾是船只的陆标。
9 hurdle T5YyU     
n.跳栏,栏架;障碍,困难;vi.进行跨栏赛
参考例句:
  • The weather will be the biggest hurdle so I have to be ready.天气将会是最大的障碍,所以我必须要作好准备。
  • She clocked 11.6 seconds for the 80 metre hurdle.八十米跳栏赛跑她跑了十一秒六。
10 resetting 8b631b0acab967515a7b12e88c643e11     
v.重新安放或安置( reset的现在分词 );重拨(测量仪器指针);为(考试、测试等)出一套新题;重新安置,将…恢复原位
参考例句:
  • Range represents the maximum strain which can be recorded without resetting or replacing the strain gage. 量程表示无需重调或重装应变计就能记录到的最大应变。 来自辞典例句
  • Adding weight to the puddle jumper by resetting its inertial dampeners. 通过调节飞船的惯性装置来增加重量。 来自电影对白
11 ratified 307141b60a4e10c8e00fe98bc499667a     
v.批准,签认(合约等)( ratify的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • The treaty was declared invalid because it had not been ratified. 条约没有得到批准,因此被宣布无效。
  • The treaty was ratified by all the member states. 这个条约得到了所有成员国的批准。
12 federation htCzMS     
n.同盟,联邦,联合,联盟,联合会
参考例句:
  • It is a federation of 10 regional unions.它是由十个地方工会结合成的联合会。
  • Mr.Putin was inaugurated as the President of the Russian Federation.普京正式就任俄罗斯联邦总统。
13 lapses 43ecf1ab71734d38301e2287a6e458dc     
n.失误,过失( lapse的名词复数 );小毛病;行为失检;偏离正道v.退步( lapse的第三人称单数 );陷入;倒退;丧失
参考例句:
  • He sometimes lapses from good behavior. 他有时行为失检。 来自辞典例句
  • He could forgive attacks of nerves, panic, bad unexplainable actions, all sorts of lapses. 他可以宽恕突然发作的歇斯底里,惊慌失措,恶劣的莫名其妙的动作,各种各样的失误。 来自辞典例句
14 scathing 2Dmzu     
adj.(言词、文章)严厉的,尖刻的;不留情的adv.严厉地,尖刻地v.伤害,损害(尤指使之枯萎)( scathe的现在分词)
参考例句:
  • a scathing attack on the new management 针对新的管理层的猛烈抨击
  • Her speech was a scathing indictment of the government's record on crime. 她的演讲强烈指责了政府在犯罪问题上的表现。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 touting 4d75f17b3549c92164bbfc96b4ef2275     
v.兜售( tout的现在分词 );招揽;侦查;探听赛马情报
参考例句:
  • He's been touting his novel around publishers for years. 他几年来一直到处找出版商兜售自己的小说。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Technology industry leaders are touting cars as a hot area for growth. 科技产业领袖吹捧为增长热点地区的汽车。 来自互联网
16 bodyguard 0Rfy2     
n.护卫,保镖
参考例句:
  • She has to have an armed bodyguard wherever she goes.她不管到哪儿都得有带武器的保镖跟从。
  • The big guy standing at his side may be his bodyguard.站在他身旁的那个大个子可能是他的保镖。
17 bodyguards 3821fc3f6fca49a9cdaf6dca498d42dc     
n.保镖,卫士,警卫员( bodyguard的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Brooks came to Jim's office accompanied—like always—by his two bodyguards. 和往常一样,在两名保镖的陪同下,布鲁克斯去吉姆的办公室。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Three of his bodyguards were injured in the attack. 在这次袭击事件中,他有3名保镖受了伤。 来自辞典例句
18 perimeter vSxzj     
n.周边,周长,周界
参考例句:
  • The river marks the eastern perimeter of our land.这条河标示我们的土地东面的边界。
  • Drinks in hands,they wandered around the perimeter of the ball field.他们手里拿着饮料在球场周围漫不经心地遛跶。
19 standing 2hCzgo     
n.持续,地位;adj.永久的,不动的,直立的,不流动的
参考例句:
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
20 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。
21 pointed Il8zB4     
adj.尖的,直截了当的
参考例句:
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
22 killing kpBziQ     
n.巨额利润;突然赚大钱,发大财
参考例句:
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
23 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。
24 initially 273xZ     
adv.最初,开始
参考例句:
  • The ban was initially opposed by the US.这一禁令首先遭到美国的反对。
  • Feathers initially developed from insect scales.羽毛最初由昆虫的翅瓣演化而来。
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