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2014-04-30    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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From Washington, this is VOA News. Ukraine struggles for control in east as U.S. links Moscow to unrest; U.S. and China talk tough on regional policy. I’m Ray Kouguell, reporting from Washington.

Ukraine’s government struggled Tuesday to assert and maintain control of key cities in its pro-Russian east as pressure mounts to bridge ethnic and political divides threatening to further split the country. Authorities say shots were fired and at least 60 pro-Moscow protesters were arrested in Kharkiv, while to the south, pro-Russian demonstrators dug in for a third day at a government facility captured Sunday in the city of Donetsk. Elsewhere, Ukrainian security officials say protesters in Luhansk, who are also seeking to split Ukraine and join Russia, wired and occupied building with explosives and were holding 60 hostages.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia is fueling the separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine that could be contrived to justify military intervention. VOA’s Scott Stearns reports.

Secretary of State John Kerry says President Barack Obama is preparing a far tougher series of sanctions if Russia does not step back from what he calls its clear and unmistakable involvement in destabilizing eastern Ukraine. “So Russia has a choice: to work with the international community to help build an independent Ukraine that could be a bridge between the East and West, not the object of a tug of war, that could meet the hopes and aspirations of all Ukrainians; or they could face greater isolation and pay the cost for their failure to see that the world is not a zero-sum game.”

Pro-Russian separatists in southeastern regions are demanding referendum on a split with Ukraine the same kind of vote that took place last month in Crimea after Russian troops took control there. Scott Stearns, VOA News at the State Department.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is warning the U.S. will defend its Asian allies in the event of any conflict with China following talks in Beijing Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan. Secretary Hagel said Washington is fully committed to treaties obliging it to protect its long-time allies Japan and the Philippines. He also renewed U.S. criticism of the air defense identification zone set up by China last year covering islands also claimed by Tokyo. “Every nation has a right to establish air defense zones, but not a right to do unilaterally with no collaboration, no consultation. That adds to tensions, misunderstandings and could eventually add to and eventually get to a dangerous conflict.” The territorial disputes and corresponding tensions would remain focus for Secretary Hagel’s three-day visit to China.

Search crews in the southern Indian Ocean are urgently trying to relocate electronic transmissions they believe came from the missing Malaysian airliner’s black box. No signal has been heard since Sunday when U.S. Navy equipment detected two distinct sounds consistent with acoustic pings from the plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

A bomb ripped through a passenger train in southwest Pakistan, killing at least 14 people. Tuesday’s blast occurred after the train stopped in the town of Sibi in Baluchistan province. A spokesman for the United Baluch Army rebel group contacted VOA by phone, claiming responsibility for the bombing.

Oscar Pistorius broke down and cried on the witness stand Tuesday while describing the moment he realized he’d fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The South African runner testifying for a second day in his murder trial said he’d initially thought an intruder was in his Pretoria home when he fired shots through a locked bathroom door. “I flung the door open, I threw it open and I sat over Reeva and I cried. And I don't know, I don’t know how long. I don't know how long I was there for. She wasn't breathing.” We are taking adjournment.” After the adjournment, the judge cancelled testimony for the rest of the day.

The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa is one of the most challenging it’s ever faced. The outbreak’s resulted in more than 110 deaths, Guinea remaining the center with 157 suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola; another 21 cases are suspected or confirmed in Liberia.

Teams from Iran and a group of world powers are meeting for a third time, trying to agree on a comprehensive deal to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful. Negotiators in Vienna hope to reach a permanent deal by the end of July, building on an interim agreement they struck last year. I’m Ray Kouguell, VOA New, details on these and other stories on our website at voanews.com.






美国防长查克黑格尔查克哈格尔周二在北京与中国防长常万全举行会谈。会后哈格尔发出警告,无论美国的亚洲盟友与中国发生任何冲突,美国都将维护它的盟友。哈格尔表示,美国政府会彻底履行各种条约规定的义务,即保护美国的长期盟友──日本和菲律宾。他同时还重申,对于中国去年设立防空识别区将日本声称归其所有的岛屿也划归其内的事情,美国持批评态度。"各国有权建立防空区,但无权不通过协作,不经过商谈,单方面这样做。这会使局势更加紧张,导致误解加深,并可能最终促使局势朝危险的冲突方向发展。"  领土争端和随之而来的紧张局势仍将是哈格尔中国三日行的重点议题。






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