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美国国家电台 NPR 2012-11-18

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 Air raid sirens went off in Tel Aviv earlier today. Israeli military says its rocket interception1 system brought down a rocket headed for the city. There are no reports of injuries. Israel bombarded Gaza in a series of overnight air strikes in response to militant2 rocket launches into Israel. The air strikes have killed at least 39 Palestinians and three Israelis. NPR’s Anthony Kuhn reports from Gaza City.

Children picked through the rubble3 of Hamas official Mahmoud Abusala’s house, which was leveled in an Israeli air raid. Other attacks destroyed Hamas police headquarters and the office of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Visiting Tunisian, Foreign Minister Rafik Abdesslem and his delegation4 called on Israel to stop its attacks on Gaza one day after Egypt’s prime minister paid a similar visit. Militants5 launched around 60 rockets from Gaza at Israel on Saturday. Israel says militants have launched around 700 rockets at it in the four days since the conflict escalated6. Anthony Kuhn, NPR News, Gaza City.
President Obama goes to Thailand Sunday, the first stop on his Southeast Asian tour. Douglas Baction reports from Bangkok。 Thailand is expected to announce it will join negotiations7 for a strategic trade agreement.
The pact8 called the Trans-Pacific Partnership9 is intended to bolster10 trade between Southeast Asia and the United States. Currently 11 countries on both sides of the Pacific are negotiating the agreement which backers say will generate tens of billions of dollars in global income gains. Mr. Obama’s trip is part of his administration’s Pivot11 to Asia. Washington seeks to re-balance its military and economic interests there. Earlier this week, Washington and Bangkok signed a new defense12 cooperation agreement updating an old pact. For NPR News, I’m Douglas Baction in Bangkok.
President Obama will also visit Myanmar, the country also known as Burma, during his trip. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there are signs of progress there. Clinton says with fledgling pro-democracy reforms, Myanmar can look forward to improved relations with the United States.
“The United States is responding not just with growing diplomatic engagement, but also with new economic ties that we believe will help encourage further political and market reforms, and thereby13 improve stability over time.”
Clinton spoke14 in Singapore today. She is expected to join the president in Thailand tomorrow. 
Two people are still missing from yesterday’s explosion and fire aboard an oil rig platform in the Gulf15 of Mexico. Coast Guard ships are searching. Reports say the blast began after workers used a torch to cut open an oil line. The Coast Guard says there is an oil sheen on the water, but that’s apparently16 leftover17 oil on the platform. Officials say this is containable. It will not be like the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010. 
You’re listening to NPR News. 
French politicians and business leaders have reacted angrily to British weekly magazine The Economist18 for its cover story this week. It describes the French economy as the biggest danger to Europe’s currency. NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley reports The Economist called France a ticking time bomb in the heart of Europe.
Showing a bundle of baguette loaves with the dynamite19 fuse burning down, The Economist warned that France was a bigger danger to the euro currency than debt-stricken countries Italy, Spain and Portugal. The respected right-leaning British weekly said high taxes on businesses were eroding20 the country’s competitiveness, and that both French leaders and voters were dangerously behind on much needed economic reforms. Far-left French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg said the Economist was known for exaggerations and French bashing. And even capitalist-minded business groups said the magazine’s claims were completely exaggerated. Socialist21 President Francois Hollande has now may reducing the French deficit22 and making French companies more competitive his top priority, to the point where left-leaning voters and unions have called him a traitor23. Eleanor Beardsley, NPR News, Paris.
President Obama urged Congress to pass legislation to make sure less affluent24 Americans don't see tax increases at the New Year. Mr. Obama used his weekly media address to talk about the “fiscal cliff.” This raises taxes on everybody and imposes spending cuts. In the Republicans' weekly response, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte says the “fiscal cliff” cannot be averted25 unless lawmakers seriously address entitlement programs, such as Social Security. 
Football Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is hospitalized. He is recovering from a minor26 stroke. Ditka says he wants people to know he is ok. 


1 interception wqSzGI     
  • Aerial photography can provide valuable information on precipitation, evapotraspiration, interception, and runoff. 航空摄影可提供有关降水量、蒸发蒸腾量、入渗和径流量的有价值的资料。
  • Light interception and distribution in hedgerow orchards with different alleyway widths is indicated in Fig. 56. 图56显示篱壁果园不同行间宽度的光能截取和分配的情况。
2 militant 8DZxh     
  • Some militant leaders want to merge with white radicals.一些好斗的领导人要和白人中的激进派联合。
  • He is a militant in the movement.他在那次运动中是个激进人物。
3 rubble 8XjxP     
  • After the earthquake,it took months to clean up the rubble.地震后,花了数月才清理完瓦砾。
  • After the war many cities were full of rubble.战后许多城市到处可见颓垣残壁。
4 delegation NxvxQ     
  • The statement of our delegation was singularly appropriate to the occasion.我们代表团的声明非常适合时宜。
  • We shall inform you of the date of the delegation's arrival.我们将把代表团到达的日期通知你。
5 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
  • The militants have been sporadically fighting the government for years. 几年来,反叛分子一直对政府实施零星的战斗。
  • Despite the onslaught, Palestinian militants managed to fire off rockets. 尽管如此,巴勒斯坦的激进分子仍然发射导弹。
6 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。
7 negotiations af4b5f3e98e178dd3c4bac64b625ecd0     
协商( negotiation的名词复数 ); 谈判; 完成(难事); 通过
  • negotiations for a durable peace 为持久和平而进行的谈判
  • Negotiations have failed to establish any middle ground. 谈判未能达成任何妥协。
8 pact ZKUxa     
  • The two opposition parties made an electoral pact.那两个反对党订了一个有关选举的协定。
  • The trade pact between those two countries came to an end.那两国的通商协定宣告结束。
9 partnership NmfzPy     
  • The company has gone into partnership with Swiss Bank Corporation.这家公司已经和瑞士银行公司建立合作关系。
  • Martin has taken him into general partnership in his company.马丁已让他成为公司的普通合伙人。
10 bolster ltOzK     
  • The high interest rates helped to bolster up the economy.高利率使经济更稳健。
  • He tried to bolster up their morale.他尽力鼓舞他们的士气。
11 pivot E2rz6     
  • She is the central pivot of creation and represents the feminine aspect in all things.她是创造的中心枢轴,表现出万物的女性面貌。
  • If a spring is present,the hand wheel will pivot on the spring.如果有弹簧,手轮的枢轴会装在弹簧上。
12 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。
13 thereby Sokwv     
  • I have never been to that city,,ereby I don't know much about it.我从未去过那座城市,因此对它不怎么熟悉。
  • He became a British citizen,thereby gaining the right to vote.他成了英国公民,因而得到了投票权。
14 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。
15 gulf 1e0xp     
  • The gulf between the two leaders cannot be bridged.两位领导人之间的鸿沟难以跨越。
  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
16 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
17 leftover V97zC     
  • These narrow roads are a leftover from the days of horse-drawn carriages.这些小道是从马车时代沿用下来的。
  • Wonder if that bakery lets us take leftover home.不知道那家糕饼店会不会让我们把卖剩的带回家。
18 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。
19 dynamite rrPxB     
  • The workmen detonated the dynamite.工人们把炸药引爆了。
  • The philosopher was still political dynamite.那位哲学家仍旧是政治上的爆炸性人物。
20 eroding c892257232bdd413a7900bdce96d217e     
侵蚀,腐蚀( erode的现在分词 ); 逐渐毁坏,削弱,损害
  • The coast is slowly eroding. 海岸正慢慢地被侵蚀。
  • Another new development is eroding the age-old stereotype of the male warrior. 另一个新现象是,久已形成的男人皆武士的形象正逐渐消失。
21 socialist jwcws     
  • China is a socialist country,and a developing country as well.中国是一个社会主义国家,也是一个发展中国家。
  • His father was an ardent socialist.他父亲是一个热情的社会主义者。
22 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。
23 traitor GqByW     
  • The traitor was finally found out and put in prison.那个卖国贼终于被人发现并被监禁了起来。
  • He was sold out by a traitor and arrested.他被叛徒出卖而被捕了。
24 affluent 9xVze     
  • He hails from an affluent background.他出身于一个富有的家庭。
  • His parents were very affluent.他的父母很富裕。
25 averted 35a87fab0bbc43636fcac41969ed458a     
防止,避免( avert的过去式和过去分词 ); 转移
  • A disaster was narrowly averted. 及时防止了一场灾难。
  • Thanks to her skilful handling of the affair, the problem was averted. 多亏她对事情处理得巧妙,才避免了麻烦。
26 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。
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