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美国国家电台 NPR 2012-08-18

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 South Africa police are facing a barrage1 of questions for how they could have allowed a neighbor dispute with striking miners to end in what's widely described now as a bloodbath with at least 34 deaths. Police maintain it was self-defence because the miners were armed. Now the widows have taken their husbands’ places at the site of the protest, northwest of Johannesburg.

The Taliban says it was behind today's attacks on coalition2 forces, including the deaths of two American troops in the western province of Farah. A new Afghan police recruit turned on them during a ceremony fueling the Taliban's claims to have successfully infiltrated3 Afghan security. But NATO spokesman German Brigadier General Gunter Katz says the Taliban are exaggerating.
“Most of the recent insider threat attacks this year were clearly primarily driven by personal grievances4 or stress situations, although some 10% we know are related to the insurgency5.”
Halfway6 into the year, the number of attacks carried out by individuals wearing Afghan security uniforms is more than double what it was in 2011. 
A federal district court has blocked a Florida law that would give voters in that state fewer days in which to cast early ballots8 for the November election. NPR's Pam Fessler reports the court said the change would make it more difficult for some minority voters to cast a ballot7.
Florida is one of several states that's required to have any voting law changes cleared by the Justice Department because of a history of discrimination. In this instance, the state said it didn't need DOJ approval, so the case went to federal court. Late Thursday, the court said that it would not clear the state's plan, which would cut the number of early voting days from 12 to eight. The court said this change could hurt minorities who often take advantage of early voting. The court did say that the state can issue another early-voting plan that might not adversely9 affect minorities. That was a part of the decision that the governor’s spokesman called encouraging. Pam Fessler, NPR News, Washington.
A group of Philadelphia area parents is applauding news that their children will share proceeds from the sale of an overwhelmingly white swim club where they say they were racially discriminated10 against. They say the valley club in Huntingdon Valley took steps to prevent the children, most of whom are black or Latino from attending the club in 2009. Vet12 Masonite tells WPVI-TV that her son deserves a settlement because of what he’s been through.
“Till this day, my son has felt remorse13 about what happened. Every time we go into a club or to a pool, the first thing he asks is ‘are we members?’ And I say ‘yes, we are.’”
The bad publicity14 led the club to file for bankruptcy15. It was sold last year to a Philadelphia synagogue for nearly 1.5 million dollars. 
At last check on Wall Street, Dow is up 17 points. 
This is NPR News.
The founder16 of the controversial Unification Church in South Korea appears to be showing slight improvement at an area hospital, but he remains17 unconscious. Doualy Xaykaothao has more details from Seoul. 
Ninety-two-year-old Rev11. Moon Sun Myung appears to be breathing more stable now. And according to a church statement, his lungs are slowly recovering from complications related to pneumonia18. The church has called on his followers19 to fast for three days beginning today. Moon, who is called “True Father” by church members, runs a multi-billion-dollar foundation that owns property and businesses around the world. Moon has also matched tens of thousands of couples and presided over Mass weddings. For NPR News, I'm Doualy Xaykaothao in Seoul.
Funerals are being held across Iraq a day after the country suffered one of its deadliest series of attacks since American troops withdrew last December. Officials say the death toll20 has reached 93. Shiite lawmaker Hakim al-Zamili accuses al-Qaeda of trying to strike fear in Iraqis and undermine the government's efforts to stabilize21 the country. Security has been stepped up across Iraq as people prepare to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan this weekend.
In Syria, the violence continues, especially in Damascus and Aleppo, Syria's largest city. Local activists22 are saying more than 100 people have been killed today.
At last check on Wall Street, Dow Jones Industrial Average up 20 points at 13,270 in trading of 1.4 billion shares; NASDAQ up 12 points at 3,075; S&P 500 gaining two.


1 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。
2 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。
3 infiltrated ac8114e28673476511d54b771cab25a1     
adj.[医]浸润的v.(使)渗透,(指思想)渗入人的心中( infiltrate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The headquarters had been infiltrated by enemy spies. 总部混入了敌方特务。
  • Many Chinese idioms have infiltrated into the Japanese language. 许多中国成语浸透到日语中。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
4 grievances 3c61e53d74bee3976a6674a59acef792     
n.委屈( grievance的名词复数 );苦衷;不满;牢骚
  • The trade union leader spoke about the grievances of the workers. 工会领袖述说工人们的苦情。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • He gave air to his grievances. 他申诉了他的冤情。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 insurgency dqdzEb     
  • And as in China, unrest and even insurgency are widespread. 而在中国,动乱甚至暴乱都普遍存在。 来自互联网
  • Dr Zyphur is part an insurgency against this idea. 塞弗博士是这一观点逆流的一部分。 来自互联网
6 halfway Xrvzdq     
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
7 ballot jujzB     
  • The members have demanded a ballot.会员们要求投票表决。
  • The union said they will ballot members on whether to strike.工会称他们将要求会员投票表决是否罢工。
8 ballots 06ecb554beff6a03babca6234edefde4     
n.投票表决( ballot的名词复数 );选举;选票;投票总数v.(使)投票表决( ballot的第三人称单数 )
  • They're counting the ballots. 他们正在计算选票。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The news of rigged ballots has rubbed off much of the shine of their election victory. 他们操纵选票的消息使他们在选举中获得的胜利大为减色。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 adversely 6zEzi6     
  • We commented adversely upon the imbecility of that message of telegraphic style. 我们对着这条电报式的愚蠢的留言发泄了一通不满。
  • Widely fluctuating exchange rates may adversely affect international trade. 浮动幅度很大的汇率可能会对国际贸易产生有害的影响。
10 discriminated 94ae098f37db4e0c2240e83d29b5005a     
分别,辨别,区分( discriminate的过去式和过去分词 ); 歧视,有差别地对待
  • His great size discriminated him from his followers. 他的宽广身材使他不同于他的部下。
  • Should be a person that has second liver virus discriminated against? 一个患有乙肝病毒的人是不是就应该被人歧视?
11 rev njvzwS     
  • It's his job to rev up the audience before the show starts.他要负责在表演开始前鼓动观众的热情。
  • Don't rev the engine so hard.别让发动机转得太快。
12 vet 2HfyG     
  • I took my dog to the vet.我把狗带到兽医诊所看病。
  • Someone should vet this report before it goes out.这篇报道发表之前应该有人对它进行详查。
13 remorse lBrzo     
  • She had no remorse about what she had said.她对所说的话不后悔。
  • He has shown no remorse for his actions.他对自己的行为没有任何悔恨之意。
14 publicity ASmxx     
  • The singer star's marriage got a lot of publicity.这位歌星的婚事引起了公众的关注。
  • He dismissed the event as just a publicity gimmick.他不理会这件事,只当它是一种宣传手法。
15 bankruptcy fPoyJ     
  • You will have to pull in if you want to escape bankruptcy.如果你想避免破产,就必须节省开支。
  • His firm is just on thin ice of bankruptcy.他的商号正面临破产的危险。
16 Founder wigxF     
  • He was extolled as the founder of their Florentine school.他被称颂为佛罗伦萨画派的鼻祖。
  • According to the old tradition,Romulus was the founder of Rome.按照古老的传说,罗穆卢斯是古罗马的建国者。
17 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。
18 pneumonia s2HzQ     
  • Cage was struck with pneumonia in her youth.凯奇年轻时得过肺炎。
  • Pneumonia carried him off last week.肺炎上星期夺去了他的生命。
19 followers 5c342ee9ce1bf07932a1f66af2be7652     
追随者( follower的名词复数 ); 用户; 契据的附面; 从动件
  • the followers of Mahatma Gandhi 圣雄甘地的拥护者
  • The reformer soon gathered a band of followers round him. 改革者很快就获得一群追随者支持他。
20 toll LJpzo     
  • The hailstone took a heavy toll of the crops in our village last night.昨晚那场冰雹损坏了我们村的庄稼。
  • The war took a heavy toll of human life.这次战争夺去了许多人的生命。
21 stabilize PvuwZ     
  • They are eager to stabilize currencies.他们急于稳定货币。
  • His blood pressure tended to stabilize.他的血压趋向稳定。
22 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》
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