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【整理】VOA 2013-11-06 美国承诺结束监听活动

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From Washington, this is VOA News.

The U.S. promises to work closely with European allies over surveillance activities. Congo's M23 declares an end to the rebellion. I'm Ray Kouguell, reporting from Washington.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pressing efforts for peace between Israel and the Palestinians in new talks with both sides. Secretary Kerry arrived in Israel late Tuesday seeking to reassure Israel ahead of a series of separate meetings Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Earlier in the day, during a visit to Portland, Secretary Kerry said legitimate questions about U.S. surveillance efforts should not affect upcoming trade talks between the United States and the European Union. Mr. Kerry said Washington and European allies are all trying to balance the protection and privacy of its citizens.

Ultimately, if we get it right, which we will, we can not only alleviate concerns but we can actually strengthen our intelligence relationships going forward and we can all be more secure and safer as a result, as well as protecting the privacy of citizens.

The United Nations diplomat charged with coordinating destruction of Syria's chemical weapons says she expects to know later this month where the weapon stockpile will be destroyed. Dutch envoy Sigrid Kaag, speaking Tuesday in New York said talks in the Hague this week involving Syrian authorities and envoys from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will determine where the actual demolitions will take place.

A date for possible peace talks aimed at ending the ongoing war in Syria is being pushed back with diplomats now hoping they can take place before year's end. U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, laid out his revised hopes Tuesday after meeting in Geneva with U.S. and Russian officials, as well as with diplomats from the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

We were hoping that we would be in the position to announce the date today. Unfortunately we have not. But we are still striving to see if we can have the conference before the end of the year, and you know, as far as the United Nations is concerned, we're ready and indeed the secretary general is impatient to get this conference going, because the situation in Syria is extremely bad.

Mr. Brahimi said progress with Syria's opposition forming a credible delegation to send to the conference would be a big step forward.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran, North Korea and Syria are not cooperating fully with the IAEA on their nuclear pursuits. In his annual reports to the U.N. General Assembly, IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano questioned their implementation of nuclear safeguards. He said the IAEA cannot provide credible assurance regarding undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and thus cannot say all nuclear material there is intended for peaceful purposes.

The M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo say they're laying down their arms after military forces drove them from their last remaining strongholds. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports the declaration follows a call from African leaders meeting in South Africa for an end to the fighting.

In a statement Tuesday, M23 President Bertrand Bisimwa requested rebel commanders to prepare fighters for disarmament, demobilisation and social reintegration. Bisimwa said the group would pursue its goals through political means. M23 seized parts of Congo's north Kivu province last year, but the Congolese military backed by United Nations forces has steadily retaken territory from M23 in recent weeks. Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende told VOA military operations effectively ended overnight. Gabe Joselow, VOA News, Nairobi.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted he smoked crack cocaine confirming allegations that have surrounded him for months since reporters from two media outlets said they saw a video of him smoking the drug. Ford initially insisted the video do not exist, and refused to address allegations. Police uncovered the footage during an investigation of one of the major's associates for extortion related to the video. Ford's not been charged with any crime, but many in the Canadian city are calling for him to resign.

U.S. voters are casting ballots in a handful of key elections. The eastern states of New Jersy and Virginia are electing governors while large influential cities, including New York, Atlanta, and Boston, are electing mayors. Political analysts are looking for clues from the results to help predict the outcome of next year's congressional elections.

I'm Ray Kougell, VOA News. More at VOANEW.com.
















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