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VOA 2008-03-02




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【整理】VOA 2008-03-02【整理人】奥斯卡尔查尔

 

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I am Bill Thompson from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes fought fierce battles today with Palestinian militants near two northern Gaza towns in an effort to stop rocket attacks on southern Israel. At least 33 Palestinians were killed in Israel's deadliest raid on the territory in more than a year. Palestinian hospital officials say about half of those killed were civilians including at least two children. The others were said to be Palestinian militants. Some fear the violence could derail the US-led peace effort.

 

Secretary of State Kondoleeza Rice is scheduled to visit the region next week. And the US State Department now confirms that she has added Egypt to her itinerary. VOA's David Gollust has more.

 

Rice is expected to meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Cairo next Tuesday in a newly-added stop on the trip reflecting growing US apprehension over the situation in Gaza. Israeli air strikes into Gaza retaliating for rocket firings into Israeli towns near the coastal strip have killed more than 30 people including Palestinian civilians along with militants in the last two days. Rhetorical exchanges between Israel and Hamas leaders who control Gaza have also escalated, with Israeli warnings of larger retaliatory actions including a possible ground offensive to quell the rocket fire. The Bush administration rejects any dialogue with Hamas which it considers a terrorist organization though Egypt does speak to the group. US officials would like to see Egypt try harder to curb arms smuggling. She flies later in the week to Brussels for a NATO foreign ministers' meeting likely to be dominated by discussion of Kosovo and Afghanistan. David Gollust, VOA News, the State Department.

 

The US decision to deploy naval vessels off the coast of Lebanon is drawing criticism from the pro-Syrian Hezbollah group. And Syria's foreign minister is also criticizing the deployment. He told reporters in Damascus that Washington is trying to derail a potential solution to the political stalemate in Beirut. US officials would not say whether the show of forces meant specifically for Syria, which Washington considers a distablizing influence in Lebanon and other areas.

 

After a 6-month decline civilian deaths in Iraq were up again in February, an increase of 30% over January. The January civilian death toll was the lowest since last June when the United States sent 30,000 more troops to Iraq to quell a wave of sectarian violence.

 

The Turkish military says all of its troops have now withdrawn from northern Iraq after a week-long assault on Kurdish rebels. But Turkey's top military commander says the withdrawal was not the result of pressure from the US. General Yasar Buyukanit told a Turkish newspaper that the withdrawal was for purely military reasons. He says the troops had accomplished their mission against Kurdish rebels.

 

Pakistani police have formally charged a top Taliban and al-Qaida linked leader with the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Police filed preliminary charges against Baitullah Mehsud and four others in an anti-terrorism court. The Pakistani government and the US Central Intelligence Agency have accused Mersud of plotting the December 27th gun and suicide attack on the former prime minister.

 

One person has been killed and more than a dozen wounded in a suicide bomb attack today in northwestern Pakistan. Authorities say the bomber rammed his car into another vehicle one day after at least 40 people were killed in another suicide bombing in the region's volatile Swat Valley.

 

Armenian opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian says he is under house arrest after police broke up an 11-day protest in the capital Yerevan. Witnesses say hundreds of Armenian police swept through a tent city today beating protestors while clearing Freedom Square. However later hundreds of activists returned and resumed their protests.

 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visited the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang today while the chief US negotiator on North Korea arrived in Beijing as efforts continue to revive the stalled nuclear disarmament talks.

 

Near Guatemala city a crowded bus skidded off a highway and plunged into a ravine killing at least 45 passengers and injuring 15 others. Authorities say speeding may be the cause. Guatemalan buses are frequently overcrowded and must navigate poorly maintained roads.

 

I am Bill Thompson, VOA News. More news on the Internet at voanews.com.

 

Vocabulary

 

stalemate:  a situation in which no progress can be made.n,v. 僵持状态,陷于困境
Armenia:  a landlocked republic in southwestern Asia which was one of the world's oldest civilizations. n. 亚美尼亚
Guatemala: a republic in Central America, noted for low per capita income and illiteracy; politically unstable. 危地马拉
skid: slide without control.vt 打滑刹车(制件缺陷). skid off 滑出路面
ravine: a deep narrow steep-sided valley (especially one formed by running water)n. 峡谷,山峡,溪谷

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