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美国国家电台 NPR 2012-11-19

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 Israeli worshipers went to the Wailing1 Wall in Jerusalem today to offer prayers for Israelis under attack. Hamas militants2 from Gaza had fired more rockets into Israel today, including toward Tel Aviv. Israeli military says its missile defense3 system intercepted4 them before they could hurt anyone. Israel has carried out more deadly missile strikes in Gaza. Reports from the Palestinian territory say at least 65 Palestinians have died in rocket attacks so far and 11 people were killed today. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country is prepared to significantly expand its military operation. He didn’t say whether that would include sending troops into Gaza. British Foreign Secretary William Hague says Britain understands Israel’s need to strongly defend itself from Hamas missile attacks. He warns a wider Israeli offensive could be problematic. 

“The barrage5 of rockets from Gaza onto southern Israel is an intolerable situation for the Israelis and it’s not surprising they have responded to that. But a ground invasion is much more difficult for the international community to sympathize with or support - including the United Kingdom.” 
President Obama says the US supports Israel. 
Mr. Obama kicked off his Asia tour today, declaring the US is and will be a Pacific nation. NPR’s Scott Horsley explains why Southeast Asia is the object of the president’s first overseas trip.
Thailand is America’s oldest diplomatic ally in Asia with ties dating back nearly 180 years. Mr. Obama says it’s no accident he’s making his first international trip since winning reelection to this important part of the globe.
“As the fastest growing region in the world, the Asia-Pacific will shape so much of our security and prosperity in the century ahead, and it is critical for creating jobs and opportunity for the American people.”
Mr. Obama will take part in a regional summit in Cambodia later this week. And he’ll make the first-ever presidential visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma, to recognize that country’s dramatic democratic reforms. Scott Horsley, NPR News, Bangkok, Thailand.
At least three people have been killed in clashes in Egypt. Kimberly Adams has more.
Egyptian state media reported several army troops and protesters were injured in a four-hour gunfight in southern Cairo. Army troops arrested more than a dozen of the protesters. The army claims it owns the plot of land on the island of Qursayah, but people living on the land claim they have a right to be there. The dispute goes back to 2007. But this weekend, about 60 people, mostly women, attempted to reclaim6 the land. They were evicted7 and the military says the firefight erupted after negotiations8 failed. After the clashes, protesters blocked one of the roads to the island with metal barricade9 and burning tires, demanding the release of those arrested. This is the first known street battle in Egypt with the army since President Mohammed Morsi took office in (June).
This is NPR.
Federal investigators10 say a Veterans Day parade float in Midland, Texas hit by a train on Thursday crossed onto the railroad tracks despite warning signals. NPR’s Jim Hawk11 reports four veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were killed in the collision.
The float was carrying several wounded veterans when it was struck by a free train. In addition to those killed, 16 people were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board’s Mark Rosekind says the folk remained on the tracks, even though warning signals were working.
“At 20 seconds out, and that is actually an established federal minimum, the bells and lights on the mast activated12.” 
He says the train sounded a horn nine seconds before the crash and engaged the emergency brake five seconds before. Investigators say they are now trying to determine whether the float’s driver could hear the horn and whether the signal timing13 and synchronization14 were operating correctly. Jim Hawk, NPR News.
The company that owns the oil platform in the Gulf15 of Mexico that caught fire on Friday is looking for a missing worker. Two workers went missing from the oil rig two days ago, but searchers have discovered just one body. The blast injured 11 people, four of them extremely seriously. The company that owns the rig is disputing reports from authorities who say the fire started when workers used a torch to cut open an oil line. The company says this is inaccurate16 and the cause is being investigated.
Thousands of Greeks marched in Athens and other cities today. They honored the 39th anniversary of a deadly student uprising. In 1973, students marched against Greek dictatorship and troops attacked them.
I’m Korva Coleman, NPR News in Washington.


1 wailing 25fbaeeefc437dc6816eab4c6298b423     
v.哭叫,哀号( wail的现在分词 );沱
  • A police car raced past with its siren wailing. 一辆警车鸣着警报器飞驰而过。
  • The little girl was wailing miserably. 那小女孩难过得号啕大哭。
2 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。
3 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。
4 intercepted 970326ac9f606b6dc4c2550a417e081e     
拦截( intercept的过去式和过去分词 ); 截住; 截击; 拦阻
  • Reporters intercepted him as he tried to leave the hotel. 他正要离开旅馆,记者们把他拦截住了。
  • Reporters intercepted him as he tried to leave by the rear entrance. 他想从后门溜走,记者把他截住了。
5 barrage JuezH     
  • The attack jumped off under cover of a barrage.进攻在炮火的掩护下开始了。
  • The fierce artillery barrage destroyed the most part of the city in a few minutes.猛烈的炮火几分钟内便毁灭了这座城市的大部分地区。
6 reclaim NUWxp     
  • I have tried to reclaim my money without success.我没能把钱取回来。
  • You must present this ticket when you reclaim your luggage.当你要取回行李时,必须出示这张票子。
7 evicted 17682d2fe623013fd1839f09251d20cf     
v.(依法从房屋里或土地上)驱逐,赶出( evict的过去式和过去分词 )
  • A number of tenants have been evicted for not paying the rent. 许多房客因不付房租被赶了出来。
  • They had evicted their tenants for non-payment of rent. 他们赶走了未交房租的房客。
8 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。
9 barricade NufzI     
  • The soldiers make a barricade across the road.士兵在路上设路障。
  • It is difficult to break through a steel barricade.冲破钢铁障碍很难。
10 investigators e970f9140785518a87fc81641b7c89f7     
n.调查者,审查者( investigator的名词复数 )
  • This memo could be the smoking gun that investigators have been looking for. 这份备忘录可能是调查人员一直在寻找的证据。
  • The team consisted of six investigators and two secretaries. 这个团队由六个调查人员和两个秘书组成。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 hawk NeKxY     
  • The hawk swooped down on the rabbit and killed it.鹰猛地朝兔子扑下来,并把它杀死。
  • The hawk snatched the chicken and flew away.老鹰叼了小鸡就飞走了。
12 activated c3905c37f4127686d512a7665206852e     
adj. 激活的 动词activate的过去式和过去分词
  • The canister is filled with activated charcoal.蒸气回收罐中充满了活性炭。
13 timing rgUzGC     
  • The timing of the meeting is not convenient.会议的时间安排不合适。
  • The timing of our statement is very opportune.我们发表声明选择的时机很恰当。
14 synchronization DgDzwV     
  • Communication record: the function supports synchronization record during the communication process. 通话录音:支持通话过程的同步录音。 来自互联网
  • Synchronization is an important problem of digital audio watermarking. 同步性是数字音频水印的一个重要问题。 来自互联网
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 inaccurate D9qx7     
  • The book is both inaccurate and exaggerated.这本书不但不准确,而且夸大其词。
  • She never knows the right time because her watch is inaccurate.她从来不知道准确的时间因为她的表不准。
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