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【整理】VOA 2008-02-09 【整理人】奥斯卡尔查尔

 

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From the VOA News Center in Washington, I'm Frances Alonzo.

 

Scotland Yard detectives have concluded that the force of a suicide bomb blast and not gunfire killed former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Those conclusions uphold the Pakistani government's account of her assassination. British investigators' report was released today with the findings immediately rejected by Ms. Bhutto's supporters. Her Pakistan People's Party maintains Ms. Bhutto was killed by an assassin's bullet and today reiterated calls for a separate United Nations' investigation into her assassination. Ms. Bhutto was killed after a political rally in Rawalpindi on December 27th. Pakistani authorities washed the crime scene immediately after the attack and the opposition leader was buried before an autopsy was done.

 

A Kenyan government negotiator says talks on resolving the country's post-election crisis are making extremely good progress. Mutula Kilonzo told VOA today that the government and the opposition have narrowed their differences down to one issue. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who is leading those talks says there are signs of compromise, but he says the two sides will have to shift their positions to end the crisis.

 

Canada's defense minister says France is considering sending troops to reinforce NATO units in southern Afghanistan. Peter MacKay told reporters France has been receptive to Canada's appeal for help and discussions about logistics are underway in Paris. He spoke as NATO defense ministers were winding up a two-day meeting in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

 

A woman has been arrested after allegedly stabbing two pilots and threatening to blow up a 19-seat commuter plane in New Zealand. From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports.

 

The Jetstream aircraft was traveling from the provincial town of Blenheim to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island when the emergency unfolded. Police say the two pilots sent a distress call after being attacked in the cockpit by a knife-wielding passenger. None of the other passengers on the Air New Zealand flight was injured. Authorities say a 33-year-old woman also claims that there were two bombs on board the aircraft. Bomb squad officers boarded the plane but found no explosives. The woman was arrested when the plane touched down in Christchurch, one of New Zealand's busiest airports. Police inspector Dave Cliff says the injured pilots were taken to a hospital for treatments. "One pilot received quite severe cuts to the hand and the second pilot received an injury to the foot. It is understood that the injuries were caused by a knife." The suspect is being questioned in Christchurch. The motive for the alleged attack is still unclear. The woman lives in New Zealand, but it’s originally from Somalia. Phil Mercer for VOA News, Sydney, Australia.

 

The Paris-based journalists advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders, is holding a demonstration today to protest free speech curbs in China. Lisa Bryant has details in this report from the French capital.

 

The demonstration comes six months ahead of the opening on August 8th of the Olympic Games in Beijing. China had promised to improve its human rights conditions ahead of the Games. Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, is one of a number of human rights groups who fear this is not the case. Vincent Brossel is head of the Asia desk for Reporters Without Borders in Paris. "Our concern is that despite all the promises that were done in 2001 by the Chinese authorities to get the games, we still monitor a lot of press violations, officially detention of journalists and several dissidents." According to RSF, 35 journalists and 51 dissidents and human rights defenders have faced political subversion charges in recent months. And Brossel says there are more Chinese journalists in jail now than in 2001. Other human rights groups have also protested China's human rights abuses in recent weeks. And Amnesty International is organizing a similar protest on Monday. Lisa Bryant for VOA News, Paris.

U.S. Senator John McCain is focusing his sights on the November presidential election, now that his major rival for the Republican Party nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has suspended his campaign. McCain tried to rally Conservative to his side on Thursday.

 

US stock market indexes posted mixed results in today's early trading. The Dow Jones Index Average dropped one-third of a percent to hit 12,206. The S and P 500 fell two-tenth of a percent to reach 1,334. However, the Nasdaq gained half a percent at 2,303.

 

More details on these and more at voanews.com. I'm Frances Alonzo,Washington, VOA News.

 

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wind up: finally be or do something. 结束,完成

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作者: 扶摇而上    时间: 2008-2-9 13:58

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From the VOA News Center in Washington, I'm Frances Alonzo.

Scottland Yard detectives have concluded that the fourth of a suicide bomb blast and not gunfire killed former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Those conclusions uphold the Pakistani government's account of her assassination. British investigators' report was released today with the findings immediately rejected by Ms. Bhutto's supporters. Her Pakistan Peoples Party maintains Ms. Bhutto was killed by a assassin's bullet and today reiterated calls for a separate United Nations investigation into her assassination. Ms. Bhutto was killed after a political rally in Rawalpindi December 27th. Pakistani authorities washed the crime scene immediately after the attack and the opposition leader was buried before / was done.

A Kenyan government negotiator says talks on resolving the country's pro-election crisis are making extremely good progress. Mutula Kilonzo told VOA today that the government and the opposition have narrowed their differences down to one issue. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who is leading those talks says there are signs of compromise, but he says the two sides will have to shift their positions to end the crisis.

Canada's defense minister says France is considering sending troops to reinforce NATO units in southern Afghanistan. Peter MacKay told reporters France has been receptive to Canada's appeal for help and discussions about logistics are underway in Paris. He spoke as NATO defense ministers were winding up a two-day meeting in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

A woman has been arrested after allegedly stabbing two pilots and threatening to blow up a 19-seat commuter plane in New Zealand. From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports.

The Jetstream aircraft was traveling from the provincial town of Blenheim to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island when the emergency unfolded. Police say the two pilots sent a distress call after being attacked in the cockpit by a knife-wielding passenger. None of the other passengers on the Air New Zealand flight was injured. Authorities say a 33-year-old woman also claims that there were two bombs on board the aircraft. Bomb squad officers boarded the plane but found no explosives. The woman was arrested when the plane touched down in Christchurch, one of New Zealand's busiest airports. Police inspector Dave Cliff says the injured pilots were taken to a hospital for treatments. "One pilot received quite severe cuts to the hand and the second pilot received an injury to the foot. It is understood that the injuries were caused by a knife." The suspect is being questioned in Christchurch. The motive for the alleged attack is still unclear. The woman lives in New Zealand, but originally from Somalia. Phil Mercer for VOA News, Sydney, Australia.

The Paris-based journalists advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders, is holding a demonstration today to protest free speech curbs in China. Lisa Bryant has details in this report from the French capital.

The demonstration comes six months ahead of the opening in August 8th of the Olympic Games in Beijing. China has promised to improve its human rights conditions ahead of the Games. Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, is one of a number of human rights groups who fear this is not the case. Vincent Brossel is head of the Asia desk for Reporters Without Borders in Paris. "Our concern is that despite all the promises that were made in 2001 by the Chinese authorities to get the games, we still monitor a lot of press violations, officially detention of journalists and several dissidents." According to RSF, 35 journalists and 51 dissidents and human rights defenders have faced political subversion charges in recent months. And Brossel says there are more Chinese journalists in jail now than in 2001. Other human rights groups have also protested China's human rights abuses in recent weeks. And Amnesty International is organizing a similar protest on Monday. Lisa Bryant for VOA News, Paris.

U.S. Senator John McCain is focusing his sights on the November presidential election, now that his major rival for the Republican Party nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has suspended his campaign. McCain tried to rally conservatives to his side on Thursday.

US stock market indexes posted mixed results in today's early trading. The Dow-Jones index average dropped 131 percent to hit 12,206. The S&P 500 / to reach 1,364. However, the Nasdaq gained half a percent at 2,303.

More details on these and more at voanews.com. I'm Frances Alonzo in Washington, VOA News.
作者: DaveyZhou    时间: 2008-2-9 16:00

On above

From the VOA News Center in Washington, I'm Frances Alonzo.

Scotland Yard detectives have concluded that the fourth of a suicide bomb blast and not gunfire killed former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Those conclusions uphold the Pakistani government's account of her assassination. British investigators' report was released today with the findings immediately rejected by Ms. Bhutto's supporters. Her Pakistan Peoples Party maintains Ms. Bhutto was killed by an assassin's bullet and today reiterated calls for a separate United Nations investigation into her assassination. Ms. Bhutto was killed after a political rally in Rawalpindi on December 27th. Pakistani authorities washed the crime scene immediately after the attack and the opposition leader was buried before an autopsy was done.

A Kenyan government negotiator says talks on resolving the country's post-election crisis are making extremely good progress. Mutula Kilonzo told VOA today that the government and the opposition have narrowed their differences down to one issue. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who is leading those talks says there are signs of compromise, but he says the two sides will have to shift their positions to end the crisis.

Canada's defense minister says France is considering sending troops to reinforce NATO units in southern Afghanistan. Peter MacKay told reporters France has been receptive to Canada's appeal for help and discussions about logistics are underway in Paris. He spoke as NATO defense ministers were winding up a two-day meeting in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

A woman has been arrested after allegedly stabbing two pilots and threatening to blow up a 19-seat commuter plane in New Zealand. From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports.

The Jetstream aircraft was traveling from the provincial town of Blenheim to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island when the emergency unfolded. Police say the two pilots sent a distress call after being attacked in the cockpit by a knife-wielding passenger. None of the other passengers on the Air New Zealand flight was injured. Authorities say a 33-year-old woman also claims that there were two bombs on board the aircraft. Bomb squad officers boarded the plane but found no explosives. The woman was arrested when the plane touched down in Christchurch, one of New Zealand's busiest airports. Police inspector Dave Cliff says the injured pilots were taken to a hospital for treatments. "One pilot received quite severe cuts to the hand and the second pilot received an injury to the foot. It is understood that the injuries were caused by a knife." The suspect is being questioned in Christchurch. The motive for the alleged attack is still unclear. The woman lives in New Zealand, but it’s originally from Somalia. Phil Mercer for VOA News, Sydney, Australia.

The Paris-based journalists advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders, is holding a demonstration today to protest free speech curbs in China. Lisa Bryant has details in this report from the French capital.

The demonstration comes six months ahead of the opening on August 8th of the Olympic Games in Beijing. China has promised to improve its human rights conditions ahead of the Games. Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, is one of a number of human rights groups who fear this is not the case. Vincent Brossel is head of the Asia desk for Reporters Without Borders in Paris. "Our concern is that despite all the promises that were done in 2001 by the Chinese authorities to get the games, we still monitor a lot of press violations, officially detention of journalists and several dissidents." According to RSF, 35 journalists and 51 dissidents and human rights defenders have faced political subversion charges in recent months. And Brossel says there are more Chinese journalists in jail now than in 2001. Other human rights groups have also protested China's human rights abuses in recent weeks. And Amnesty International is organizing a similar protest on Monday. Lisa Bryant for VOA News, Paris.

U.S. Senator John McCain is focusing his sights on the November presidential election, now that his major rival for the Republican Party nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has suspended his campaign. McCain tried to rally conservatives to his side on Thursday.

US stock market indexes posted mixed results in today's early trading. The Dow-Jones Index Average dropped one-third of a percent to hit 12,206. The S&P 500 fell two-tenth of a percentto reach 1,334. However, the Nasdaq gained half a percent at 2,303.

More details on these and more at voanews.com. I'm Frances Alonzo./ Washington, VOA News.


作者: notrack    时间: 2008-2-9 20:20

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From the VOA News Center in Washington, I'm Frances Alonzo.

Scotland Yard detectives have concluded that the force of a suicide bomb blast and not gunfire killed former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Those conclusions uphold the Pakistani government's account of her assassination. British investigators' report was released today with the findings immediately rejected by Ms. Bhutto's supporters. Her Pakistan Peoples Party maintains Ms. Bhutto was killed by an assassin's bullet and today reiterated calls for a separate United Nations investigation into her assassination. Ms. Bhutto was killed after a political rally in Rawalpindi on December 27th. Pakistani authorities washed the crime scene immediately after the attack and the opposition leader was buried before an autopsy was done.

A Kenyan government negotiator says talks on resolving the country's post-election crisis are making extremely good progress. Mutula Kilonzo told VOA today that the government and the opposition have narrowed their differences down to one issue. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who is leading those talks says there are signs of compromise, but he says the two sides will have to shift their positions to end the crisis.

Canada's defense minister says France is considering sending troops to reinforce NATO units in southern Afghanistan. Peter MacKay told reporters France has been receptive to Canada's appeal for help and discussions about logistics are underway in Paris. He spoke as NATO defense ministers were winding up a two-day meeting in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

A woman has been arrested after allegedly stabbing two pilots and threatening to blow up a 19-seat commuter plane in New Zealand. From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports.

The Jetstream aircraft was traveling from the provincial town of Blenheim to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island when the emergency unfolded. Police say the two pilots sent a distress call after being attacked in the cockpit by a knife-wielding passenger. None of the other passengers on the Air New Zealand flight was injured. Authorities say a 33-year-old woman also claims that there were two bombs on board the aircraft. Bomb squad officers boarded the plane but found no explosives. The woman was arrested when the plane touched down in Christchurch, one of New Zealand's busiest airports. Police inspector Dave Cliff says the injured pilots were taken to a hospital for treatments. "One pilot received quite severe cuts to the hand and the second pilot received an injury to the foot. It is understood that the injuries were caused by a knife." The suspect is being questioned in Christchurch. The motive for the alleged attack is still unclear. The woman lives in New Zealand, but it’s originally from Somalia. Phil Mercer for VOA News, Sydney, Australia.

The Paris-based journalists advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders, is holding a demonstration today to protest free speech curbs in China. Lisa Bryant has details in this report from the French capital.

The demonstration comes six months ahead of the opening on August 8th of the Olympic Games in Beijing. China had promised to improve its human rights conditions ahead of the Games. Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, is one of a number of human rights groups who fear this is not the case. Vincent Brossel is head of the Asia desk for Reporters Without Borders in Paris. "Our concern is that despite all the promises that were done in 2001 by the Chinese authorities to get the games, we still monitor a lot of press violations, officially detention of journalists and several dissidents." According to RSF, 35 journalists and 51 dissidents and human rights defenders have faced political subversion charges in recent months. And Brossel says there are more Chinese journalists in jail now than in 2001. Other human rights groups have also protested China's human rights abuses in recent weeks. And Amnesty International is organizing a similar protest on Monday. Lisa Bryant for VOA News, Paris.

U.S. Senator John McCain is focusing his sights on the November presidential election, now that his major rival for the Republican Party nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has suspended his campaign. McCain tried to rally Conservative to his side on Thursday.

US stock market indexes posted mixed results in today's early trading. The Dow-Jones Index Average dropped one-third of a percent to hit 12,206. The S&P 500 fell two-tenth of a percentto reach 1,334. However, the Nasdaq gained half a percent at 2,303.

More details on these and more at voanews.com. I'm Frances Alonzo./ Washington, VOA News.

作者: zhangwater6    时间: 2008-2-9 23:29

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22:28 From the VOA news center in Washington, I am Fransis Alenzil.
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Canada's defense minister Sentence France's considering sending troops to reinforce NATO units in southern Afghanistan. Peter Macay told reporters France has been receptive to Canda's appeal for help and discussions about logistics are under way in Paris. He spoke as NATO defense ministers are wanting up a two day meeting in the Luthiwealian capital Bilniance.
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US senator John Macain is focusing his sides on the November presidential election. and his natural rival for the republican party nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mid Ramly has suspended his campaign. Macain tried to rally conservatives to his side on Thursday.
US stock markets indexes posted mixed results in today's early trading, the Dow Johns industrial everage dropped 1.30 of a percent hit 12,206. US MP500 fell two tenth of a percent to reach 1,332. However the Nasdaq gained half a percent at 2,303. More details on this and more at voanews.com, I am Fransis Alenzil in Washington, VOA news. 23:23
作者: yoyogo    时间: 2008-2-9 23:57

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From the VOA news center In Washington, I am Frances Alonzo.

Scotland Yard detectives have concluded the force of a suicide bomb blast and not gun fire killed former Pakistani prime minister Benezia Bhutto. These conclusions uphold the Pakistani account of her assassination. British investigators' report was released today with the findings immediately rejected by Ms. Bhutto's supporters. Her Pakistani People's Party maintains Ms . Bhutto was killed by an assassin's bullet and today reiterated calls for a separate United Nations investigation into her assassination. Ms. Bhutto was killed after a political rally in Rawalpindi on December 27th. Pakistani authorities washed the crime scene immediately after the attack and the opposition leader was buried before an autopsy was done.

A Kenyan government negotiator says talks on resolving the country's post-election crisis are making a extremely good progress. M C told VOA today that the government and opposition has narrowed their differences down to one issue. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is leading those talks, says there are signs of compromise, but he says the two sides will have to shape their positions to end the crisis.

Canada's defense minister says France is considering sending troops to reinforce NATO units in southern Afghanistan. Peter McCain told reporters France's been receptive to Canada's appeals for help and discussion about logistics are under way in Paris. He spoke as NATO defense ministers were winding up a two day meeting in the Lithuania's capital, Vilnius.

A woman has been arrested after allegedly stabbing two pilots and threatening to blow up a 19 seat commuter plane in New Zealand. From Sydney, Fill Mercer reports.

The jet stream aircraft was traveling from the provincial town of B to Christchurch on the New Zealand's south island when the emergency unfolded. Police say the two pilots sent distress calls after being attacked in the cockpit by a knife-wielding passenger. None of the other passengers on the Air New Zealand's flight was injured. Authorities say a 33 year old woman also claimed there were two bombs on board the aircraft. Bomb Squad officers boarded the plane, but found not explosives. The woman was arrested when the plane touched down in Christchurch, one of the New Zealand's busiest airports. Police inspector Dave Cliff says the injured pilots were taken to a hospital for treatment. "One pilot received a severe cut to the hand and the second pilot received an injury to the foot. It's understood the injuries were caused by a knife." The suspect is being questioned in Christchurch. The motive for the alleged attack is still unclear. The woman lives in New Zealand but is originally from Somalia. Fill Mercer, VOA news, Sydney, Australia.

The Paris-based Journalist advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders, is holding a demonstration today to protest free-speech curbs in China. Lisa Bryant has details in this report from the French capital.

The demonstration comes 6 months ahead of the opening on August 8th of Olympic games in Beijing. China has promised to improve its human rights conditions ahead of the games. Reporters Without Borders or RSF is one of a number of human rights groups who fear this is not the case. V B is head of Asian desk for Reporters Without Borders in Paris. "Our concern is that despite all the promises that were done in 2001 by the Chinese authorities to get the games, we still monitor a lot of press violations, officially detention of journalists and several dissidents." According to RSF, 35 journalists, 51 dissidents and human rights defenders are facing political subversion charges in recent months. And B says there are more Chinese journalists in jail now than in 2001. Other human rights groups have also protested the Chinese human rights abuses in recent weeks and Amnesty International is organizing a similar protest on Monday. Lisa Bryant for VOA news, Paris.

US senator John McCain is focusing his sights on November presidential election now that his major rival for the republican party nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mit Romney has suspended his campaign. McCain tried to rally conservatives to his side On Thursday.

US stock market indexes posted mixed results in today's early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped one third of a percent to hit 12206. The S & P 500 fell two-tenths of a percent to reach 1334. However Nasdaq gained half a percent at 2303.

More details on this and more at voanews.com. I am Frances Alonzo, Washington, VOA news.
作者: 奥斯卡尔查尔    时间: 2008-2-24 12:25

homework

 

From the VOA News Center in Washington, I'm Frances Alonzo.

 

Scotland Yard detectives have concluded that the force of a suicide bomb blast and not gunfire killed former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Those conclusions uphold the Pakistani government's account of her assassination. British investigators' report was released today with the findings immediately rejected by Ms. Bhutto's supporters. Her Pakistan People's Party maintains Ms. Bhutto was killed by an assassin's bullet and today reiterated calls for a separate United Nations' investigation into her assassination. Ms. Bhutto was killed after a political rally in Rawalpindi on December 27th. Pakistani authorities washed the crime scene immediately after the attack and the opposition leader was buried before an autopsy was done.

 

A Kenyan government negotiator says talks on resolving the country's post-election crisis are making extremely good progress. Mutula Kilonzo told VOA today that the government and the opposition have narrowed their differences down to one issue. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who is leading those talks says there are signs of compromise, but he says the two sides will have to shift their positions to end the crisis.

 

Canada's defense minister says France is considering sending troops to reinforce NATO units in southern Afghanistan. Peter MacKay told reporters France has been receptive to Canada's appeal for help and discussions about logistics are underway in Paris. He spoke as NATO defense ministers were winding up a two-day meeting in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

 

A woman has been arrested after allegedly stabbing two pilots and threatening to blow up a 19-seat commuter plane in New Zealand. From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports.

 

The Jetstream aircraft was traveling from the provincial town of Blenheim to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island when the emergency unfolded. Police say the two pilots sent a distress call after being attacked in the cockpit by a knife-wielding passenger. None of the other passengers on the Air New Zealand flight was injured. Authorities say a 33-year-old woman also claims that there were two bombs on board the aircraft. Bomb squad officers boarded the plane but found no explosives. The woman was arrested when the plane touched down in Christchurch, one of New Zealand's busiest airports. Police inspector Dave Cliff says the injured pilots were taken to a hospital for treatments. "One pilot received quite severe cuts to the hand and the second pilot received an injury to the foot. It is understood that the injuries were caused by a knife." The suspect is being questioned in Christchurch. The motive for the alleged attack is still unclear. The woman lives in New Zealand, but it’s originally from Somalia. Phil Mercer for VOA News, Sydney, Australia.

 

The Paris-based journalists advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders, is holding a demonstration today to protest free speech curbs in China. Lisa Bryant has details in this report from the French capital.

 

The demonstration comes six months ahead of the opening on August 8th of the Olympic Games in Beijing. China had promised to improve its human rights conditions ahead of the Games. Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, is one of a number of human rights groups who fear this is not the case. Vincent Brossel is head of the Asia desk for Reporters Without Borders in Paris. "Our concern is that despite all the promises that were done in 2001 by the Chinese authorities to get the games, we still monitor a lot of press violations, officially detention of journalists and several dissidents." According to RSF, 35 journalists and 51 dissidents and human rights defenders have faced political subversion charges in recent months. And Brossel says there are more Chinese journalists in jail now than in 2001. Other human rights groups have also protested China's human rights abuses in recent weeks. And Amnesty International is organizing a similar protest on Monday. Lisa Bryant for VOA News, Paris.

U.S. Senator John McCain is focusing his sights on the November presidential election, now that his major rival for the Republican Party nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has suspended his campaign. McCain tried to rally Conservative to his side on Thursday.

 

US stock market indexes posted mixed results in today's early trading. The Dow Jones Index Average dropped one-third of a percent to hit 12,206. The S and P 500 fell two-tenth of a percent to reach 1,334. However, the Nasdaq gained half a percent at 2,303.

 

More details on these and more at voanews.com. I'm Frances Alonzo,Washington, VOA News.

 

wind up: finally be or do something. 结束,完成

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