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NPR 2012-02-27

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 Thousands of Russians turned out today to form a human chain around the central part of Moscow. NPR's Corey Flintoff reports the demonstration1 was designed to show support for free elections in opposition2 to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Central Moscow is encircled by ten miles of boulevards known as the Garden Ring, and organizers calculated that they needed at least 34,000 people to join hands around that circle. It's not clear yet whether they succeeded. But many stretches of the circle were lined with people waving at supporters who passed by in honking3 cars.
“We are trying to show that to be united, and we are for honest elections.”
That's Artom, a 26-year-old IT consultant4 who took part in the protest with a group of friends. Pro-Kremlin groups also came out to the Garden Ring, wearing signs that show their support for Putin. Corey Flintoff, NPR News, Moscow.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she’s deeply distressed5 by the situation in Syria. Attacks continue several days after Clinton joined dozens of her colleagues to demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad allow in aid. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
In an interview in Rabat, Morocco, Clinton said she’s frustrated6 about the reports coming out of besieged7 Syrian cities like Homs.
“It was distressing8 to hear that the Syrian Red Crescent and the ICRC, after many hours of negotiation9 just yesterday, were not permitted to go back into Homs. We are looking to set up and stage areas for getting humanitarian10 aid in.”
But as to helping11 arm those fighting Assad's regime, Clinton said that won't be enough to go up against one of the most highly militarized country in the world, one still getting support from Russia and Iran. Michele Kelemen, NPR News, Rabat.
Syrian forces again shelled the city of Homs today. Activists12 say at least 29 people died.
A politically charged trial that has strained ties between the United States and Egypt was adjourned13 today in Cairo. Grant Clark reports.
The opening hearing was short but dramatic with demonstrators chanting outside. Proceedings14 in the crowd of courtroom grew chaotic15, as lawyers and the judge yelled at each other over the judicial16 process. None of the accused Americans were among defendants17 in the caged dock. Only seven of the charged US citizens remain in Egypt with several now sheltering in the American embassy here. They are among 43 activists charged with the illegal use of foreign funds and operating without a license18. The case was adjourned to April 26th to allow the defense19 time to study the charges and offering more time for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Grant Clark, NPR News, Cairo.
This is NPR News from Washington. 
Officials in Nigeria say a man blew up a car filled up [with] explosives outside a major church in the city of Jos today. They say at least two people were killed and 38 were wounded. The radical20 Islamist sect21 Boko Haram claimed responsibility as it has previous attacks on churches. 
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from a hospital. He spent the night after being treated for a stomach problem. The government says doctors decided22 to send Mandela home after tests showed nothing seriously wrong. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.
Doctors said Nelson Mandela was comfortable in the hospital after undergoing a diagnostic procedure for abdominal23 pains. Though short on medical details, it's said to be a long-standing stomach complaint. The South African authorities have urged people not to panic about the health of the fabled24 93-year-old anti-apartheid leader. The speed of official statements this time is a stark25 contrast to last year, when a Mandela health scare led to pandemonium26 as local and international journalists jostled outside the Johannesburg Hospital. The government was criticized then for taking too long to confirm media reports of his declining health. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR News, Dakar. 
Rupert Murdoch has a new tabloid27. The Sun's Sunday edition hit the stands today. It replaces News of the World, which closed last July after revelations that employees of the paper had hacked28 into the phones of public figures. An editorial of the new[s]paper says the scandal has been a sobering experience. Two weeks ago, five Sun employees were arrested, as part of an investigation29 into bribing30 police for information.
I'm Nora Raum, NPR News in Washington.


1 demonstration 9waxo     
  • His new book is a demonstration of his patriotism.他写的新书是他的爱国精神的证明。
  • He gave a demonstration of the new technique then and there.他当场表演了这种新的操作方法。
2 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。
3 honking 69e32168087f0fd692f761e62a361acf     
v.(使)发出雁叫似的声音,鸣(喇叭),按(喇叭)( honk的现在分词 )
  • Cars zoomed helter-skelter, honking belligerently. 大街上来往车辆穿梭不停,喇叭声刺耳。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Flocks of honking geese flew past. 雁群嗷嗷地飞过。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
4 consultant 2v0zp3     
  • He is a consultant on law affairs to the mayor.他是市长的一个法律顾问。
  • Originally,Gar had agreed to come up as a consultant.原来,加尔只答应来充当我们的顾问。
5 distressed du1z3y     
  • He was too distressed and confused to answer their questions. 他非常苦恼而困惑,无法回答他们的问题。
  • The news of his death distressed us greatly. 他逝世的消息使我们极为悲痛。
6 frustrated ksWz5t     
adj.挫败的,失意的,泄气的v.使不成功( frustrate的过去式和过去分词 );挫败;使受挫折;令人沮丧
  • It's very easy to get frustrated in this job. 这个工作很容易令人懊恼。
  • The bad weather frustrated all our hopes of going out. 恶劣的天气破坏了我们出行的愿望。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 besieged 8e843b35d28f4ceaf67a4da1f3a21399     
包围,围困,围攻( besiege的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Paris was besieged for four months and forced to surrender. 巴黎被围困了四个月后被迫投降。
  • The community besieged the newspaper with letters about its recent editorial. 公众纷纷来信对报社新近发表的社论提出诘问,弄得报社应接不暇。
8 distressing cuTz30     
  • All who saw the distressing scene revolted against it. 所有看到这种悲惨景象的人都对此感到难过。
  • It is distressing to see food being wasted like this. 这样浪费粮食令人痛心。
9 negotiation FGWxc     
  • They closed the deal in sugar after a week of negotiation.经过一星期的谈判,他们的食糖生意成交了。
  • The negotiation dragged on until July.谈判一直拖到7月份。
10 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。
11 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
12 activists 90fd83cc3f53a40df93866d9c91bcca4     
n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
  • His research work was attacked by animal rights activists . 他的研究受到了动物权益维护者的抨击。
  • Party activists with lower middle class pedigrees are numerous. 党的激进分子中有很多出身于中产阶级下层。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 adjourned 1e5a5e61da11d317191a820abad1664d     
(使)休会, (使)休庭( adjourn的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The court adjourned for lunch. 午餐时间法庭休庭。
  • The trial was adjourned following the presentation of new evidence to the court. 新证据呈到庭上后,审讯就宣告暂停。
14 proceedings Wk2zvX     
  • He was released on bail pending committal proceedings. 他交保获释正在候审。
  • to initiate legal proceedings against sb 对某人提起诉讼
15 chaotic rUTyD     
  • Things have been getting chaotic in the office recently.最近办公室的情况越来越乱了。
  • The traffic in the city was chaotic.这城市的交通糟透了。
16 judicial c3fxD     
  • He is a man with a judicial mind.他是个公正的人。
  • Tom takes judicial proceedings against his father.汤姆对他的父亲正式提出诉讼。
17 defendants 7d469c27ef878c3ccf7daf5b6ab392dc     
被告( defendant的名词复数 )
  • The courts heard that the six defendants had been coerced into making a confession. 法官审判时发现6位被告人曾被迫承认罪行。
  • As in courts, the defendants are represented by legal counsel. 与法院相同,被告有辩护律师作为代表。 来自英汉非文学 - 政府文件
18 license B9TzU     
  • The foreign guest has a license on the person.这个外国客人随身携带执照。
  • The driver was arrested for having false license plates on his car.司机由于使用假车牌而被捕。
19 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。
20 radical hA8zu     
  • The patient got a radical cure in the hospital.病人在医院得到了根治。
  • She is radical in her demands.她的要求十分偏激。
21 sect 1ZkxK     
  • When he was sixteen he joined a religious sect.他16岁的时候加入了一个宗教教派。
  • Each religious sect in the town had its own church.该城每一个宗教教派都有自己的教堂。
22 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
23 abdominal VIUya     
  • The abdominal aorta is normally smaller than the thoracic aorta.腹主动脉一般比胸主动脉小。
  • Abdominal tissues sometimes adhere after an operation.手术之后腹部有时会出现粘连。
24 fabled wt7zCV     
  • For the first week he never actually saw the fabled Jack. 第一周他实际上从没见到传说中的杰克。
  • Aphrodite, the Greek goddness of love, is fabled to have been born of the foam of the sea. 希腊爱神阿美罗狄蒂据说是诞生于海浪泡沫之中。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
25 stark lGszd     
  • The young man is faced with a stark choice.这位年轻人面临严峻的抉择。
  • He gave a stark denial to the rumor.他对谣言加以完全的否认。
26 pandemonium gKFxI     
  • The whole lobby was a perfect pandemonium,and the din was terrific.整个门厅一片嘈杂,而且喧嚣刺耳。
  • I had found Adlai unperturbed in the midst of pandemonium.我觉得艾德莱在一片大混乱中仍然镇定自若。
27 tabloid wIDzy     
  • He launched into a verbal assault on tabloid journalism.他口头对小报新闻进行了抨击。
  • He believes that the tabloid press has behaved disgracefully.他认为小报媒体的行为不太光彩。
28 hacked FrgzgZ     
  • I hacked the dead branches off. 我把枯树枝砍掉了。
  • I'm really hacked off. 我真是很恼火。
29 investigation MRKzq     
  • 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。
30 bribing 2a05f9cab5c720b18ca579795979a581     
  • He tried to escape by bribing the guard. 他企图贿赂警卫而逃走。
  • Always a new way of bribing unknown and maybe nonexistent forces. 总是用诸如此类的新方法来讨好那不知名的、甚或根本不存在的魔力。 来自英汉非文学 - 科幻
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