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NPR 2011-03-03

时间:2011-04-26 05:23来源:互联网 提供网友:eq8863   字体: [ ]

From NPR News in Washington, I'm Lakshmi Singh.

Terrorism is not being rolled out in today's shooting attack in Frankfurt, Germany that left two US airmen dead and two others wounded. President Obama says he is saddened and outraged1.

"I want everybody to understand that we will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous2 act took place and in working with German authorities to ensure that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice."

The alleged3 gunman, a 21-year-old man from Kosovo, is in German custody4. Authorities say the attacker fired on a bus that was carrying military personnel outside the airport in Frankfurt. They say the suspect briefly5 entered the bus and was caught when he tried to escape.

The Arab League is calling on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to halt attacks on anti-government groups, adding it'll consider imposing6 a no-fly zone over Libya. During a meeting in Cairo, the league's ministers opposed outside military intervention7 in Libya, where Gaddafi is under pressure to resign after some 40 years in power. The government's crackdown on protesters in recent weeks reportedly has cost hundreds of lives. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells us that two Navy ships have passed through Egypt's Suez Canal as part of a wider effort to move American ships and planes closer to Libya.

The USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce traveled through the canel to the Mediterranean8; then headed west toword Libya. Defense9 Secretary Robert Gates deployed10 the two amphibian11 warships12 carrying helicopters and Marines in case they are needed to evacuate14 civilians15 or provide humanitarian16 relief. He has not ruled out providing air cover for Libyan rebels, but made it clear he would prefer the United States not intervene directly in the ongoing17 crisis in the North African state. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR News, Cairo.

The US Supreme18 Court is upholding the right of a fundamentalist church to protest at military funerals. As NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty tells us, the court has ruled that even offensive speech is protected.

The case pitted the free speech rights of the angry church members against privacy rights of a grieving family. Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka Kansas protested at the funeral of Matthew Snyder, a Marine13 killed in Iraq in 2006. Members of the church, which is largely comprised of the family of Fred Phelps, carried pickets19 that said "God hates you "and "thank God for dead soldiers." The Snyder family sued, saying the picketers invaded their privacy. But in an 8-1 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that even though the picketers' message was "painful", it was still protected. The Constitution he wrote protects even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle20 public debate. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR News.

US stocks gaining ground, at last check the Dow was up 37 points at 12,095; NASDAQ up 18 at 2,755.

This is NPR News.

The White House says President Obama will sign a stop-gap bill that ensures the government keeps running for two more weeks. In a statement, Mr. Obama says he's pleased Congress passed the legislation, but warns lawmakers against allowing the threat of a shutdown to emerge every few weeks. All of budget debate continues. The Senate approved the measure earlier today.

The Central Bank of Bangladesh is ordering Mohammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize winning economist21, remove from his job. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Bangkok that Bangladesh authorities are alleging22 financial irregularities at Yunus's microlending bank.

The central bank says that the 70-year-old Yunus has violated the country's retirement23 laws by remaining on the Grameen Bank's Board of Directors far beyond the mandated24 retirement age of 60. But there appears to be a standoff for the bank, saying that Yunus remains25 in his post. Yunus founded the Grameen Bank 30 years ago, which now loaned small amounts of money to some nine million people, 97% of whom are women. Yunus has plenty of political opponents. He's been hit with a defamation26 lawsuit27 following his public criticisms of the government. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accused Grameen and other microlenders of charging excessive interest rates and exploiting the poor. Anthony Kuhn, NPR News, Bangkok.

Today, oil prices topped $100 a barrel again as fighting escalated28 in Libya, a major oil exporter to Europe. The Benchmark West Texas Intermediate for April delivery picked up $0.92 to over $100 a barrel in morning trading. Meanwhile, the American Petroleum29 Institute says it believes oil and gas supplies fell more than a million barrels last week, when analysts30 had forecast an increase of more than 1.5 million barrels.

I'm Lakshmi Singh, NPR News.


1 outraged VmHz8n     
  • Members of Parliament were outraged by the news of the assassination. 议会议员们被这暗杀的消息激怒了。
  • He was outraged by their behavior. 他们的行为使他感到愤慨。
2 outrageous MvFyH     
  • Her outrageous behaviour at the party offended everyone.她在聚会上的无礼行为触怒了每一个人。
  • Charges for local telephone calls are particularly outrageous.本地电话资费贵得出奇。
3 alleged gzaz3i     
  • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
  • alleged irregularities in the election campaign 被指称竞选运动中的不正当行为
4 custody Qntzd     
  • He spent a week in custody on remand awaiting sentence.等候判决期间他被还押候审一个星期。
  • He was taken into custody immediately after the robbery.抢劫案发生后,他立即被押了起来。
5 briefly 9Styo     
  • I want to touch briefly on another aspect of the problem.我想简单地谈一下这个问题的另一方面。
  • He was kidnapped and briefly detained by a terrorist group.他被一个恐怖组织绑架并短暂拘禁。
6 imposing 8q9zcB     
  • The fortress is an imposing building.这座城堡是一座宏伟的建筑。
  • He has lost his imposing appearance.他已失去堂堂仪表。
7 intervention e5sxZ     
  • The government's intervention in this dispute will not help.政府对这场争论的干预不会起作用。
  • Many people felt he would be hostile to the idea of foreign intervention.许多人觉得他会反对外来干预。
8 Mediterranean ezuzT     
  • The houses are Mediterranean in character.这些房子都属地中海风格。
  • Gibraltar is the key to the Mediterranean.直布罗陀是地中海的要冲。
9 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
10 deployed 4ceaf19fb3d0a70e329fcd3777bb05ea     
(尤指军事行动)使展开( deploy的过去式和过去分词 ); 施展; 部署; 有效地利用
  • Tanks have been deployed all along the front line. 沿整个前线已部署了坦克。
  • The artillery was deployed to bear on the fort. 火炮是对着那个碉堡部署的。
11 amphibian mwHzx     
  • The frog is an amphibian,which means it can live on land and in water.青蛙属于两栖动物,也就是说它既能生活在陆地上也能生活在水里。
  • Amphibian is an important specie in ecosystem and has profound meaning in the ecotoxicology evaluation.两栖类是生态系统中的重要物种,并且对环境毒理评价有着深远意义。
12 warships 9d82ffe40b694c1e8a0fdc6d39c11ad8     
军舰,战舰( warship的名词复数 ); 舰只
  • The enemy warships were disengaged from the battle after suffering heavy casualties. 在遭受惨重伤亡后,敌舰退出了海战。
  • The government fitted out warships and sailors for them. 政府给他们配备了战舰和水手。
13 marine 77Izo     
  • Marine creatures are those which live in the sea. 海洋生物是生存在海里的生物。
  • When the war broke out,he volunteered for the Marine Corps.战争爆发时,他自愿参加了海军陆战队。
14 evacuate ai1zL     
  • We must evacuate those soldiers at once!我们必须立即撤出这些士兵!
  • They were planning to evacuate the seventy American officials still in the country.他们正计划转移仍滞留在该国的70名美国官员。
15 civilians 2a8bdc87d05da507ff4534c9c974b785     
平民,百姓( civilian的名词复数 ); 老百姓
  • the bloody massacre of innocent civilians 对无辜平民的血腥屠杀
  • At least 300 civilians are unaccounted for after the bombing raids. 遭轰炸袭击之后,至少有300名平民下落不明。
16 humanitarian kcoxQ     
  • She has many humanitarian interests and contributes a lot to them.她拥有很多慈善事业,并作了很大的贡献。
  • The British government has now suspended humanitarian aid to the area.英国政府现已暂停对这一地区的人道主义援助。
17 ongoing 6RvzT     
  • The problem is ongoing.这个问题尚未解决。
  • The issues raised in the report relate directly to Age Concern's ongoing work in this area.报告中提出的问题与“关心老人”组织在这方面正在做的工作有直接的关系。
18 supreme PHqzc     
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的时刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
19 pickets 32ab2103250bc1699d0740a77a5a155b     
罢工纠察员( picket的名词复数 )
  • Five pickets were arrested by police. 五名纠察队员被警方逮捕。
  • We could hear the chanting of the pickets. 我们可以听到罢工纠察员有节奏的喊叫声。
20 stifle cF4y5     
  • She tried hard to stifle her laughter.她强忍住笑。
  • It was an uninteresting conversation and I had to stifle a yawn.那是一次枯燥无味的交谈,我不得不强忍住自己的呵欠。
21 economist AuhzVs     
  • He cast a professional economist's eyes on the problem.他以经济学行家的眼光审视这个问题。
  • He's an economist who thinks he knows all the answers.他是个经济学家,自以为什么都懂。
22 alleging 16407100de5c54b7b204953b7a851bc3     
断言,宣称,辩解( allege的现在分词 )
  • His reputation was blemished by a newspaper article alleging he'd evaded his taxes. 由于报上一篇文章声称他曾逃税,他的名誉受到损害。
  • This our Peeress declined as unnecessary, alleging that her cousin Thornhill's recommendation would be sufficient. 那位贵人不肯,还说不必,只要有她老表唐希尔保荐就够了。
23 retirement TWoxH     
  • She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  • I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
24 mandated b1de99702d7654948b507d8fbbea9700     
adj. 委托统治的
  • Mandated desegregation of public schools. 命令解除公立学校中的种族隔离
  • Britain was mandated to govern the former colony of German East Africa. 英国受权代管德国在东非的前殖民地。
25 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
26 defamation FY3zV     
  • Character defamation can be either oral or written.人格诽谤既可以是口头的也可以是书面的。
  • The company sued for defamation.这个公司因受到诽谤而提起诉讼。
27 lawsuit A14xy     
  • They threatened him with a lawsuit.他们以诉讼威逼他。
  • He was perpetually involving himself in this long lawsuit.他使自己无休止地卷入这场长时间的诉讼。
28 escalated 219d770572d00a227dc481a3bdb2c51e     
v.(使)逐步升级( escalate的过去式和过去分词 );(使)逐步扩大;(使)更高;(使)更大
  • The fighting escalated into a full-scale war. 这场交战逐步扩大为全面战争。
  • The demonstration escalated into a pitched battle with the police. 示威逐步升级,演变成了一场同警察的混战。
29 petroleum WiUyi     
  • The Government of Iran advanced the price of petroleum last week.上星期伊朗政府提高了石油价格。
  • The purpose of oil refinery is to refine crude petroleum.炼油厂的主要工作是提炼原油。
30 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
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