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NPR 2011-02-14

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The new military rulers of Egypt announced today they've dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, the main demands from the opposition1 that successfully drove President Hosni Mubarak from power. The Higher Military Council also promised it would govern for only six months, or until elections could take place, and it will hold a referendum on constitutional amendments2. Meanwhile, people are still gathering3 in Cairo's Tahrir Square. They are arguing about their next step. Should they leave the square as the army wants or stay to keep the pressure on the military leaders. Muhammad Shahin says the Egyptian people want more of a voice in making the transition to democracy.

"We don't want the army to take over. We want them just to stand guard as the people wait and demand, and the army to execute a demand."

The caretaker government held its first meeting today. Before it began, workers removed a giant picture of Mubarak from the meeting room.

Anti-government protesters gathered in the capital of Yemen for a third day. They are calling for political reforms and the resignation of their president who's been in power for 30 years. He has said that he will step down in 2013 and has invited the opposition for talks. Yemen is the poorest of the Arab countries. About 40% of the population lives on less than two dollars a day.

The head of the Joint4 Chiefs of Staff is in the Middle East. Admiral Mike Mullen arrived in Israel after a visit to Jordan. Mullen is to meet tomorrow with Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu for talks reportedly aimed at reassuring5 Israel of US support at a time of political upheaval6 in the region.

Iraqi officials now say at least 36 people died in an attack against Shiite pilgrims yesterday. A suicide bomber7 struck at a bus depot8 near Samarra where pilgrims had gathered for a religious ceremony.

On the day before President Obama releases his 2012 budget plan, Republicans are calling for immediate9 budget cuts. But NPR's Allison Keyes reports the White House budget chief says the plan will cut the nation's deficit10 in half.

White House budget director Jacob Lew says that reduction will occur by the end of the president's term. Lew says the 2012 budget will reduce the deficit by 1.1 trillion dollars over 10 years. The president has said his budget freezes annual domestic spending for the next five years, but it will also invest in programs that create jobs and improve schools. But House Speaker John Boehner told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Mr. Obama's budget will continue to destroy jobs.

"What's really dangerous is if we continue to do nothing and allow the status quo to stay in place. When are we gonna get serious about cutting spending?"

Boehner send a letter to the president Sunday, urging Mr. Obama to support Republican efforts for deep cuts in spending for this year. Allison Keyes, NPR News, Washington.

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Hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets in many Italian cities today to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi embroiled11 in a sex scandal. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports the demonstrators reject being labeled puritans. They say they are demanding their dignity be respected.

Rome's massive Piazza12 del Popolo was packed and crowds of women filled surrounding streets. The rally followed by a few days Prime Minister Berlusconi's indictment13 by Milan prosecutors14 who accused him of having paid for sex with a minor15 and for abuse of office. Berlusconi denies the charges, accusing the magistrates16 of being communists trying to topple his government. Italian newspapers have been filled with leaked wiretaps revealing tales of orgies at Berlusconi's private homes and payments of large sums of cash to bevies17 of would-be showgirls. Demonstrators in Rome, Milan and other big cities carried banners charging the prime minister disgraces Italy. Speakers ranged from left to right. Giulia Buongiorno, an MP formerly18 in the ruling coalition19, slammed Berlusconi for choosing his party candidates for their sexual expertise20 rather than their political experience. Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.

Voters in Switzerland today rejected a proposal to ban army firearms in homes. There's a tradition of Swiss men keeping their army rifles after they've completed military service. Churches and women's groups had called for tighter gun laws, saying restrictions21 would reduce domestic violence and suicide. Nearly 56% of the voters rejected the initiative. Switzerland is among the most-armed nations in the world with more guns per capita than almost any other country in the world except Finland, Yemen and the United States.


1 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。
2 amendments 39576081718792f25ceae20f3bb99b43     
(法律、文件的)改动( amendment的名词复数 ); 修正案; 修改; (美国宪法的)修正案
  • The committee does not adequately consult others when drafting amendments. 委员会在起草修正案时没有充分征求他人的意见。
  • Please propose amendments and addenda to the first draft of the document. 请对这个文件的初稿提出修改和补充意见。
3 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
4 joint m3lx4     
  • I had a bad fall,which put my shoulder out of joint.我重重地摔了一跤,肩膀脫臼了。
  • We wrote a letter in joint names.我们联名写了封信。
5 reassuring vkbzHi     
  • He gave her a reassuring pat on the shoulder. 他轻拍了一下她的肩膀让她放心。
  • With a reassuring pat on her arm, he left. 他鼓励地拍了拍她的手臂就离开了。
6 upheaval Tp6y1     
  • It was faced with the greatest social upheaval since World War Ⅱ.它面临第二次世界大战以来最大的社会动乱。
  • The country has been thrown into an upheaval.这个国家已经陷入动乱之中。
7 bomber vWwz7     
  • He flew a bomber during the war.他在战时驾驶轰炸机。
  • Detectives hunting the London bombers will be keen to interview him.追查伦敦爆炸案凶犯的侦探们急于对他进行讯问。
8 depot Rwax2     
  • The depot is only a few blocks from here.公共汽车站离这儿只有几个街区。
  • They leased the building as a depot.他们租用这栋大楼作仓库。
9 immediate aapxh     
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
10 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。
11 embroiled 77258f75da8d0746f3018b2caba91b5f     
  • He became embroiled in a dispute with his neighbours. 他与邻居们发生了争执。
  • John and Peter were quarrelling, but Mary refused to get embroiled. 约翰和彼得在争吵,但玛丽不愿卷入。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 piazza UNVx1     
  • Siena's main piazza was one of the sights of Italy.锡耶纳的主要广场是意大利的名胜之一。
  • They walked out of the cafeteria,and across the piazzadj.他们走出自助餐厅,穿过广场。
13 indictment ybdzt     
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
  • They issued an indictment against them.他们起诉了他们。
14 prosecutors a638e6811c029cb82f180298861e21e9     
检举人( prosecutor的名词复数 ); 告发人; 起诉人; 公诉人
  • In some places,public prosecutors are elected rather than appointed. 在有些地方,检察官是经选举而非任命产生的。 来自口语例句
  • You've been summoned to the Prosecutors' Office, 2 days later. 你在两天以后被宣到了检察官的办公室。
15 minor e7fzR     
  • The young actor was given a minor part in the new play.年轻的男演员在这出新戏里被分派担任一个小角色。
  • I gave him a minor share of my wealth.我把小部分财产给了他。
16 magistrates bbe4eeb7cda0f8fbf52949bebe84eb3e     
地方法官,治安官( magistrate的名词复数 )
  • to come up before the magistrates 在地方法院出庭
  • He was summoned to appear before the magistrates. 他被传唤在地方法院出庭。
17 bevies 9f9968111947dcaad0f2b8aa43fbac6f     
n.(尤指少女或妇女的)一群( bevy的名词复数 );(鸟类的)一群
18 formerly ni3x9     
  • We now enjoy these comforts of which formerly we had only heard.我们现在享受到了过去只是听说过的那些舒适条件。
  • This boat was formerly used on the rivers of China.这船从前航行在中国内河里。
19 coalition pWlyi     
  • The several parties formed a coalition.这几个政党组成了政治联盟。
  • Coalition forces take great care to avoid civilian casualties.联盟军队竭尽全力避免造成平民伤亡。
20 expertise fmTx0     
  • We were amazed at his expertise on the ski slopes.他斜坡滑雪的技能使我们赞叹不已。
  • You really have the technical expertise in a new breakthrough.让你真正在专业技术上有一个全新的突破。
21 restrictions 81e12dac658cfd4c590486dd6f7523cf     
约束( restriction的名词复数 ); 管制; 制约因素; 带限制性的条件(或规则)
  • I found the restrictions irksome. 我对那些限制感到很烦。
  • a snaggle of restrictions 杂乱无章的种种限制
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