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I'm Susan Yackee from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

Illinoise Senator Barack Obama swept up more delegates Saturday in his bid for the democratic presidential nomination, winning the day's two caucuses and one primary. On the Republican side, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee won two victories. VOA's Greg Flakus reports.

 

Barack Obama won handily in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington State with a comfortable lead in all three contests over New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Speaking to reporters in Richmond, Virginia, Obama celebrated his victories. "Today, the voters from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to the heart of America stood up to say 'yes we can'". These wins should help Obama as he moves to the next segment of important contests in Maryland and the Distict of Columbia where he is heavily favored and in Virginia which is hardly contested. On the Republican side Saturday, Mike Huckabee shot up victories in both Kansas and Louisiana to Republican front-runner John McCain. He is widely viewed as the probable Republican nominee. He faces rifts within his party over positions he's taken on such issues as tax cuts and immigration reform. Greg Flakus, VOA News, Houston.

 

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has made a direct appeal to European goverments to send more troops to join the war in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today at an International Security Conference in Munich, Germany. He said the threat of Islamic extremism is real and voiced concerns that many Europeans may not, in his words, comprehend the magnitude of the direct threat to European security. Gates said the situation in Afghanistan is threatening to turn NATO into a two-tiered organization, of those willing to fight extremism and those who are not.

 

The top US military officer met with Pakistani military commanders in the Northwest frontier province today. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff travelled to the provincial capital Peshawar to discuss Pakistani military efforts against al-Qaida and the Taliban in the region near Afganistan. His visit came a day after meetings with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Islamabad. The admiral said today that the threat of Islamic extremism is growing in Pakistan.

 

Burma's military goverment says it will hold a referendum on a new constitution in May and plans general elections in 2010. As Ron Corben reports from Bankok the news is being greeted with hope but skepticism by both Burmese and foreign analysts.

 

The announcement by state-controlled media is being received with cautious optimism by Burmese who view the news as a possible step forward after more than four decades of military rule. But human-rights groups are warning it may be a tactic by the military government to ease the international pressure to reform after it violently suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations last year. The crackdown on protest marches led by Buddhist monks killed at least 31 people and injuried many more. The opposition National League for Democracy, NLD, led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has also reacted cautiously to the announcement about elections. A spokeman says it does not make sense to set a date for elections before the results of the referendum are known. Ron Corben for VOA News, Bankok.

 

The US military says documents captured from leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq show the group has been weakened in at least two parts of the country. The military said today that a letter written by a senior al-Qaida emir gives a pessimistic account of the group's prospects in western Iraq's Anbar province, says the letter was found in November. Anbar is where Sunni tribal leaders turned against al-Qaida in Iraq in 2006 and formed the first US-allied Awakening Council.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed to pursue anyone involved in terrorist attacks on Israel. Mr. Olmert's comments came at a cabinet meeting today, the day after a Palestinian rocket seriously wounded an Israeli boy. Mr. Olmert says Israel will target all terrorist elements, including those who act as dispatchers and handlers. He says Israel must act in an orderly and methodical manner.

 

The United Nations refuge agency says thousands of people from Sudan's Darfur region have fled to neighboring Chad following government attacks on three towns. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the agency is sending a team to investigate the situation. Sudan's army confirmed Friday's military operations.

 

I'm Susan Yackee, VOA News. More news on the Internet at voanews.com.

 

Vocabulary

 

caucus: a closed political meeting.党会.
primary: a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen.初选。
shoot up: rise dramatically.迅速上升,猛增. shot up victories.
front-runner: a competitor thought likely to win.n. 赛跑中跑在前头的人, 竞争中的领先者
two-tiered: 分为两列的,指意见不合,分为两派。
admiral: n. 舰队司令,海军上将
Joint Chiefs of Staff: n. 参谋首长联席会议.
referendum:  legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate. n. 公民投票
emir: an independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia) n. 穆斯林酋长(王公),埃米尔

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ilinois senator barak obama swept up more delegates saturday in his bid for the democratic presidential nomination, winning the days two [cocasis] and one primary. on the republican side former akensa governor mike hukebi won two victories. voa's great plays reports.

barak obama won handle in luisana to braska and washington state with the compatible lead in all three contests over newyork senator hilary clinton. speaking to reporters and [greachman] virginia obama celebrated his victories. \

today the voters from the west coast to gulf coast, to the heart of america, [ ] to say yes we can.

this win should help obama as he moves to the next [setement] important contest in marilan and district colombia where he is headle be favored and in virginia which is hardly contested.

on the republican side saturday, mike hokobi choked up victories in both kansas and louisana to republican frontrunner john macane. he is widely viewed as the probable republican nominee. he faces grips within his party over position he has taken on such issues as tax cuts and immigration reforms.

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us defense secretary robert gates has made direct appeal to european goverments to send more troops to join the war in afghanistan. gates spoke today at an international security conference in [uniq] germany. he says the threat of islamic extremism is real and voiced concern that many europeans may not in his words comprehend the magnitute of direct threat to european security. gates said the situation in afghanistan is threatening [turn nato] and to a teared organization of those willing to fight extremism and those who are not.

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the top us military officer met with pakistanian military commanders in the northwest frontier province today. edmon mike molen the chairman of joint chief surf staff traveled to the provincial capital pershower to discuss pakistanian military efforts against al qaeda and taliban in the region here afghnistan. his visit came after meetings with pakistanian president and army chief in islamadh. demon said today that the threat of islamic extremism is growing in pakistan.

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burma's military goverment says it will hold a referendum on a new constitution in may and plans generally elections in 2010. as brown coben reports from bangkok the news is being greeted with hope but skeptism by both burmea and foreign analyse.

the anoucement by state controled media is being received with cushion skeptimism by burmea who view the news as impossible step forward after more than 4 decades of military rule. but human rights group are warning it may be attacked by the military goverment to ease international pressure to reform after violently supressed pro democracy demonstrations last year. the crack down on protest marches led by budist monks killed at least 31 people and injured more. the opposition national league for democracy, NLD, led by naril ansangsutri has also reacted cautiously to the anouncment about election. a spokesman says it does not make sense to set a date for election before the results of referendum are known.

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the us military says documents captured from leaders of al qaeda in iraq show the group has been weakened and at least 2 parts of the country. military says today that a letter written by a senior al qaeda imier gives a pessimistic account of the group's prospects in west iraq unban province, says the letter was found in november. and boras where suni tribal leaders turned against al qaeda in iraq in 2006 and formed first us allied awakening council.

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israli prime minister ohu has vowed to persue anyone involved in terrorist attacks on isral. mister oma's comments came at cabinet meeting today the day after a palistinian rocket seriously wounded an israli boy. mister oma says isral will target all terrorist elements including those who act dispactious and handlers. he says isral must act in an orderly and [ ] manner.

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the united nation's refugee agency says thousands of people from sudan's darfur region have fled to neighboring chad following goverment attacks on three towns. the office of the un high commissioner for refugee says the agency is sending a team to investigate the situation. sudan's army confirmed friday's operations.
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I am Suan Yankee from the VOA news center in Washington.

Illinoise senator Barack Obama swept down more delegates Saturday in his bid for democratic presidential nomination, winning the days of two caucuses and one primary. On the republican side, former Arkansas governor Michael Huchebee won two victories. VOA's R P reports.

Barack Obama won handling in Louisiana, Neblaska and Washington State with a comfortful lead in all three contests over New York senator Hillary Clinton. Speaking to reporters In Richman, Virginia, Obama celebrated his victory. This win should help Obama as he moved to next settlement of important contests in Maryland and the Distict of Columbia where he is heavily favored and in Virginia which is hardly contested. On the Republic side Saturday, Michael Huchebee shot down victories in both Kansas and Louisiana to republican front-runner John McCain. He is widely abued as the probable republican nominee, he faces rips with his party over his position of the states on such issues as tax cuts and immigration reform. R P, VOA news, Houston.

US defense secretary Robert Gates has made a direct appeal to European goverments to send more troops to join the war in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today at a International Security Conference in Munich, Germany. He said the threat of Islamic extremists is real and voiced concerns that many Europeans may not , in his words, comprehend the magnitude of direct threat to European security. Gates said the situation in Afghanistan is threatening in turn to NATO in a two-t organization, of those willing to fight extremism and those who are not.

The top US military officer met with Pakistani military commanders in northwest frontier province today. A M, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff travelled to the provincial capital M to discuss Pakistani military efforts against Al-Qaida and Taliban in the reigon here in Afganistan. His visit came a day after meeting with Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and army chief A in Islamabad. A said today the threat of Islami extremism is growing in Pakistan.

Burma's military goverment says it will hold a referendum on a new constitution in May and plans general elections in 2010. As R C reports from Bankok the news is greeted with hope but skepticism by both Burmese and foreign analysts.

The announcement by state-controlled media has been received with cautious optimism by Burmese who viewed the news as a possible step forward after more than four decades of militrary rule. But human rights groups are warning it may be attempted by the military government to raise the international pressure to reform after it violently suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations last year. The crackdown on protest marches led by Buddhist monks killed at least 31 people and injuried many more. The opposition national league for democracy, NLD, led by Nobel laureate * has also reacted cautiously to the announcement about election. A spokeman says it does not make sense to set a day for election before the results of referendum are known. R C for VOA news, Bankok.

The US military says documents captured from the leaders of Al-Qaida in Iraq show the group has been weakened in at least two parts of the country. The military said today a letter written by a senior Al-Qaida emir gives a pessimistic account of the group prospect in western Iraq's A province and says the letter was found in November. A W, a Sunni tribal leader turning against Al-Qaida in Iraq in 2006, formed the first US ally's weakening council.

Israeli Prime Minister Olmert has vowed to pursue any one involved in terrorist attacks on Israel. Mr. Olmert comments came at a cabinet meeting today, the day after a Palestinian rocket seriously wounded an Israeli boy. Mr. Olmert says Israel will target all terrorist elements, including those who acting dipatches aninis. He says Israel must act in an orderly and authentic manner.

The United Nations refuge agency says thousands of people from Sudan's Darfur region have fled to neighboring Chad following government attacks on three towns. The office of UN High Commissioner for Refuge says the agency is sending a team to investigate the situation. Sudan's army confirmed Friday's military operation.

I am Suan Yankee, VOA news. More news on the internet at voanews.com.
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12:37 I am Susan Yiraqi from the VOA news center in Washington.
Innanoy senator Brark Abama swept up more delegates Saturday in his bid for the democratic presidential nomination, winning the days to Koxis in one primary. On the republican side former Akensa government Mike Harkbee won two victories. VOA's Greg Plegers reports.
Brark Abama won handle the end of Lueisana, Debrasika and Washington state with a confortable lead in all three contests over New York senator Hillary Cliton. Speaking to reporters in Richment Virginia, Obama celebrated his victories. Today the voters from the west coast to the Gulf coast, to the heart of America, stood up to say, yes we can. These wins should help Abama as he moves to the next set of important contests in Marryland and the district of Columnbia worries heavily favoured and in Virginia which is hardly contested.
On the republican side Saturday, Mike Harkbee choked up victories in both Kensus and Luisana to republican front runner John Macain. His widely build as the probable republican nominee, he faces rifts within his party over positions who is taken on such issues as tax cuts, and immigration reform. Greg Plakers, VOA news, Huston.
US defense secretary Robert Gates has nated a direct appeal to European governments to send more troops to join the war in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today in an international security conference in Unik Germany. He said the threat of islamic extremism is real. and voiced concern that Europeans may not in his words, comprihend the magnitude of the direct threat to European security. Gates said the situation in Afghanistan is threatening turn NATO into a two teard organization. Of those willing to fight extremism and those who are not.
The top US military officer met with Pakistani military commanders in the northwest frontier province today. Adnol Mike Mornen the chairman of the joint chief substaff travelled to the provincial capital Pershower to discuss Pakistani military efforts against Al Quaed and Taliban in the region near Afghanistan. His visit came a day after meetings with Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and army chief Ashibark Pervez Kayayini in Islamabad. Yanirow said today that the threat of Islamic extremism is growing in Pakistan. 12:50
Burma's military government says it will hold a referendum on the new constitution in May. and plans general elections in 2010. As Run Corben reports from Bankok the news has been greeted with hope. But scatericism by both Burmese and foreign analysts. The announcement by state controlled media who has been received with cautious optimism who review the news as a possible stepforward after more than 4 decades of military rule. But human rights groups are warning it may be attacked by the military government to ease international pressure to reform. After violently surprised pro democracy demonstrations last year. The crackdown on protest marchers led by Bhuddist monks killed at least 31 people and injured many more. The opposition national league for democracy and and L-day led by Nobal larried Unsong Suchi has also reacted cautiously to the announcement about election. A spokesman says it does not make sense to set a date for elections before the results of the referendum unknown. Run Corben, for VOA news, Bankok.
The US military says documents captured from leaders of Al Quaed in Iraq showed the group has been weakened and at least 2 parts of the country. The military said today that a letter written by a senior Al Quaed Imier gives a pessimistic account of the group's prospects in the western Iraq's Anbar province. it says the letter was found in November.
Ambars where Sunni tribal leaders turned against Al Quaed in Iraq in 2006 and form the first US allied awakening council. Israeli prime minister Ahood Almert has vowed to to persue anyone involved in terrorist attacks on Israel. Mr. Almet comments came at a cabinet meeting today a day after a Palestinian rocket seriously wounded an Israeli boy. Mr. Almet Israel will target all terrorist elements including those who act as dispatchers and handlers. he says Israel must act in orderly and methatically manner.
The United Nations refugee agency says thousdands of people from Sudan's Darfur region have fled to neighbouring Chad following government attacks on three towns. The office of the UN hign commissioner for refugee says the agency is sending a team to investigate the situation. Sudan's army confirmed the Friday's military operations.
I am Susan Yihaqi, VOA news. more news on the internet at voanews.com.18;35
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I'm Susan Yackee from VOA News Center in Washington.

Illinois Senator Barack Obama swept up more delegates Saturday in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, winning the day's two caucuses and one primary. On the Republican side, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee won two victories. VOA's Greg Flakus reports.

Barack Obama won handily in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington state, with a comfortable lead in all three contests over New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Speaking to reporters in Richmond, Virginia, Obama celebrated his victories. "Today the voters from the west coast to the Gulf coast to the heart of America stood up to say Yes we can." These wins should help Obama as he moves to the next set of important contests, in Maryland and the District of Columbia, where he is heavily favored, and in Virginia, which is hotly contested. On the Republican side Saturday, Mike Huckabee chalked up victories in both Kansas and Louisiana, to Republican frontrunner John McCain is widely viewed as the probable Republican nominee, he faces rifts within his party over positions he's taken on such issues as tax cuts and immigration reform. Greg Flakus, VOA news, Houston.

US Defense secretary Robert Gates has made a direct appeal to European government to send more troops to join the war in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today at an International Security Conference in N Germany. He says the threat of islamic extremism is real, and voice concern that many Europeans may not in his words "comprehend the magnitude of the direct threat" to European security. Gates said the situation in afghanistan is threatening turn NATO into a two teared organization of those willing to fight extremism and those who are not.

The top US military officer met with pakistanian military commanders in the northwest Frontier province today. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of Joint Chief of Staff, traveled to the provincial capital Peshawar to discuss pakistanian military efforts against al-Qaeda and Taliban in the region nere afghnistan. His visit came after meetings with pakistanian president Pervez Musharraf and army chief Ashibark Pervez Kayayini in islamabad. E said today that the threat of islamic extremism is growing in pakistan.

Burma's military goverment says it will hold a referendum on a new constitution in May and plans generally elections in 2010. As Ron Corben reports from Bangkok, the news is being greeted with hope, but skepticism by both Burmese and foreign analysts.

The announcement by state controlled media is being received with cautious optimism by Burmese who view the news as a possible step forward after more than four decades of military rule. But, human rights groups are warning it may be a tactic by the military government to ease international pressure to reform after it violently suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations last year. The crackdown on protest marches led by Buddhist monks killed at least 31 people and injured many more. The opposition National League for Democracy(NLD), led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has also reacted cautiously to the announcement about elections. A spokesman says it does not make sense to set a date for elections before the results of the referendum are known. Ron Corben for VOA news, Bangkok.

The US military says documents captured from leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq show the group has been weakened and at least two parts of the country. military says today that a letter written by a senior al-Qaeda Emir gives a pessimistic account of the group's prospects in western Iraq's Anbar province, says the letter was found in november. (Ambar is) where Sunni tribal leaders turned against al-Qaeda in iraq in 2006 and formed the first US allied awakening council.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed to pursue anyone involved in terrorist attacks at Israel. Minister Olmert's comments came at cabinet meeting today, the day after a palestinian rocket seriously wounded an Israeli boy. Mr. Olmert says Israel will target all terrorist elements including those who act as dispatchers and handlers. he says Israel must act in an orderly and authentical manner.

The United Nation's Refugee Agency says thousands of people from Sudan's Darfur region have fled to neighboring Chad following goverment attacks on three towns. the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee says the agency is sending a team to investigate the situation. Sudan's army confirmed friday's military operations.

I'm Susan Yackee, VOA news. More news on the internet at voanews.com.

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I am Susan Yackee from the VOA news center in Washington.

Illinois senator Barack Obama swept up more delegates Saturday in his beat for the democratic presidential nomination, winning the day’s two caucuses and one primary. On the republican side, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee won two victories. VOA's R P reports.

Barack Obama won handling in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington State with a comfortable lead in all three contests over New York senator Hillary Clinton. Speaking to reporters In Richman, Virginia, Obama celebrated his victories.
Today the voters from the west coast to the gulf coast to the heart of America, stood up to say, yes we can.
These wins sure help Obama as he moves to next set of important contests in Maryland and the Distict of Columbia where he is heavily favored and in Virginia which is hardly contested. On the republican sides Saturday, Mike Huckabee shot up victories in both Kansas and Louisiana to republican front-runner John McCain. He is widely viewed as the probable republican nominee, he faces rips within his party over positions he’s taken on such issues as tax cuts and immigration reform. R P, VOA news, Houston.

US defense secretary Robert Gates has made a direct appeal to European goverments to send more troops to join the war in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today at a International Security Conference in Munich, Germany. He said the threat of Islamic extremists is real and voiced concerns that many Europeans may not , in his words, comprehend the magnitude of direct threat to European security. Gates said the situation in Afghanistan is threatening turn NATO into a two-tiered organization, of those willing to fight extremism and those who are not.

The top US military officer met with Pakistani military commanders in northwest frontier province today. A M, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff travelled to the provincial capital Peshawar to discuss Pakistani military efforts against Al-Qaeda and Taliban in the region near Afganistan. His visit came a day after meeting with Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Islamabad. A said today that the threat of Islami extremism is growing in Pakistan.

Burma's military goverment says it will hold a referendum on a new constitution in May and plans general elections in 2010. As R C reports from Bankok the news is greeted with hope but skepticism by both Burmese and foreign analysts.

The announcement by state-controlled media has been received with cautious optimism by Burmese who viewed the news as a possible step forward after more than four decades of military rule. But human rights groups are warning it may be attacked by the military government to ease the international pressure to reform after it violently suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations last year. The crackdown on protest marches led by Buddhist monks killed at least 31 people and injuried many more. The opposition national league for democracy, NLD, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has also reacted cautiously to the announcement about elections. A spokeman says it does not make sense to set a day for election before the results of referendum are known. R C for VOA news, Bankok.

The US military says documents captured from the leaders of Al-Qaeda in Iraq show the group has been weakened in at least two parts of the country. The military said today that a letter written by a senior Al-Qaeda emir gives a pessimistic account of the group prospect in western Iraq's A province since the letter was found in November. A where a Sunni tribal leaders turned against Al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2006 has formed the first US-Allied Awakening Council.

Israeli Prime Minister Olmert has vowed to pursue any one involved in terrorist attacks on Israel. Mr. Olmert comments came at a cabinet meeting today, the day after a Palestinian rocket seriously wounded an Israeli boy. Mr. Olmert says Israel will target all terrorist elements, including those who act as dispatchers and handlers, He says Israel must act in an orderly and methodical manner.

The United Nations Refugee Agency says thousands of people from Sudan's Darfur region have fled to neighboring Chad following government attacks on three towns. The office of UN High Commissioner for Refugee says the agency is sending a team to investigate the situation. Sudan's army confirmed Friday's military operation.

I am Susan Yackee, VOA news. More news on the internet at voanews.com.
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I am Susan Yackee from the VOA news center in Washington.

Illinoise Senator Barack Obama swept up more delegates Saturday in his bid for the democratic presidential nomination, winning the day’s two caucuses and one primary. On the Republican side, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee won two victories. VOA's R P reports.

Barack Obama won handily in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington State with a comfortable lead in all three contests over New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Speaking to reporters in Richmond, Virginia, Obama celebrated his victories.
Today, the voters from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to the heart of America stood up to say 'yes we can'.
These wins should help Obama as he moves to the next segment of important contests in Maryland and the Distict of Columbia where he is heavily favored and in Virginia which is hardly contested. On the Republican side Saturday, Mike Huckabee shot up victories in both Kansas and Louisiana to Republican front-runner John McCain. He is widely viewed as the probable Republican nominee. He faces rifts within his party over positions he's taken on such issues as tax cuts and immigration reform. R P, VOA news, Houston.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has made a direct appeal to European goverments to send more troops to join the war in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today at an International Security Conference in Munich, Germany. He said the threat of Islamic extremism is real and voiced concerns that many Europeans may not , in his words, comprehend the magnitude of direct threat to European security. Gates said the situation in Afghanistan is threatening to turn NATO into a two-tiered organization, of those willing to fight extremism and those who are not.

The top U.S. military officer met with Pakistani military commanders in North West frontier province today. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff travelled to the provincial capital Peshawar to discuss Pakistani military efforts against al-Qaida and the Taliban in the region near Afganistan. His visit came a day after meeting with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Islamabad. The admiral said today that the threat of Islamic extremism is growing in Pakistan.

Burma's military goverment says it will hold a referendum on a new constitution in May and plans general elections in 2010. As Ron Corben reports from Bankok the news is being greeted with hope but skepticism by both Burmese and foreign analysts.

The announcement by state-controlled media is being received with cautious optimism by Burmese who view the news as a possible step forward after more than four decades of military rule. But human-rights groups are warning it may be a tactic by the military government to ease the international pressure to reform after it violently suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations last year. The crackdown on protest marches led by Buddhist monks killed at least 31 people and injuried many more. The opposition National League for Democracy, NLD, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has also reacted cautiously to the announcement about elections. A spokeman says it does not make sense to set a date for elections before the results of the referendum are known. R C for VOA news, Bankok.

The U.S. military says documents captured from the leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq show the group has been weakened in at least two parts of the country. The military said today that a letter written by a senior al-Qaida emir gives a pessimistic account of the group's prospects in western Iraq's Anbar province and says the letter was found in November. Anbar's where / Sunni tribal leaders turned against al-Qaida in Iraq in 2006 and formed the first US-Allied Awakening Council.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed to pursue anyone involved in terrorist attacks on Israel. Mr. Olmert comments came at a cabinet meeting today, the day after a Palestinian rocket seriously wounded an Israeli boy. Mr. Olmert says Israel will target all terrorist elements, including those who act as dipatchers and handlers. He says Israel must act in an orderly and methodical manner.

The United Nations refuge agency says thousands of people from Sudan's Darfur region have fled to neighboring Chad following government attacks on three towns. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the agency is sending a team to investigate the situation. Sudan's army confirmed Friday's military operations.

I am Susan Yackee , VOA news. More news on the internet at voanews.com.
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I'm Susan Yackee from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

Illinoise Senator Barack Obama swept up more delegates Saturday in his bid for the democratic presidential nomination, winning the day's two caucuses and one primary. On the Republican side, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee won two victories. VOA's Greg Flakus reports.

 

Barack Obama won handily in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington State with a comfortable lead in all three contests over New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Speaking to reporters in Richmond, Virginia, Obama celebrated his victories. "Today, the voters from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to the heart of America stood up to say 'yes we can'". These wins should help Obama as he moves to the next segment of important contests in Maryland and the Distict of Columbia where he is heavily favored and in Virginia which is hardly contested. On the Republican side Saturday, Mike Huckabee shot up victories in both Kansas and Louisiana to Republican front-runner John McCain. He is widely viewed as the probable Republican nominee. He faces rifts within his party over positions he's taken on such issues as tax cuts and immigration reform. Greg Flakus, VOA News, Houston.

 

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has made a direct appeal to European goverments to send more troops to join the war in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today at an International Security Conference in Munich, Germany. He said the threat of Islamic extremism is real and voiced concerns that many Europeans may not, in his words, comprehend the magnitude of the direct threat to European security. Gates said the situation in Afghanistan is threatening to turn NATO into a two-tiered organization, of those willing to fight extremism and those who are not.

 

The top US military officer met with Pakistani military commanders in the Northwest frontier province today. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff travelled to the provincial capital Peshawar to discuss Pakistani military efforts against al-Qaida and the Taliban in the region near Afganistan. His visit came a day after meetings with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Islamabad. The admiral said today that the threat of Islamic extremism is growing in Pakistan.

 

Burma's military goverment says it will hold a referendum on a new constitution in May and plans general elections in 2010. As Ron Corben reports from Bankok the news is being greeted with hope but skepticism by both Burmese and foreign analysts.

 

The announcement by state-controlled media is being received with cautious optimism by Burmese who view the news as a possible step forward after more than four decades of military rule. But human-rights groups are warning it may be a tactic by the military government to ease the international pressure to reform after it violently suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations last year. The crackdown on protest marches led by Buddhist monks killed at least 31 people and injuried many more. The opposition National League for Democracy, NLD, led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has also reacted cautiously to the announcement about elections. A spokeman says it does not make sense to set a date for elections before the results of the referendum are known. Ron Corben for VOA News, Bankok.

 

The US military says documents captured from leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq show the group has been weakened in at least two parts of the country. The military said today that a letter written by a senior al-Qaida emir gives a pessimistic account of the group's prospects in western Iraq's Anbar province, says the letter was found in November. Anbar is where Sunni tribal leaders turned against al-Qaida in Iraq in 2006 and formed the first US-allied Awakening Council.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed to pursue anyone involved in terrorist attacks on Israel. Mr. Olmert's comments came at a cabinet meeting today, the day after a Palestinian rocket seriously wounded an Israeli boy. Mr. Olmert says Israel will target all terrorist elements, including those who act as dispatchers and handlers. He says Israel must act in an orderly and methodical manner.

 

The United Nations refuge agency says thousands of people from Sudan's Darfur region have fled to neighboring Chad following government attacks on three towns. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the agency is sending a team to investigate the situation. Sudan's army confirmed Friday's military operations.

 

I'm Susan Yackee, VOA News. More news on the Internet at voanews.com.

 

caucus: a closed political meeting.党会.
primary: a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen.初选。
shoot up: rise dramatically.迅速上升,猛增. shot up victories.
front-runner: a competitor thought likely to win.n. 赛跑中跑在前头的人, 竞争中的领先者
two-tiered: 分为两列的,指意见不合,分为两派。
admiral: n. 舰队司令,海军上将
Joint Chiefs of Staff: n. 参谋首长联席会议.
referendum:  legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate. n. 公民投票
emir: an independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia) n. 穆斯林酋长(王公),埃米尔

Rejoicing in hope;
Patient in tribulation.  

做某种植物, 可以尽情接受雨的洗礼.

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