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VOA 2008-02-11




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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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