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【整理】VOA 2014-04-17 乌克兰东部局势恶化

2014-05-07    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. Kiev faces reversals in eastern Ukraine. Saudi intelligence chief resigns. I’m Ray Kouguell reporting from Washington.

Ukrainian authorities in Kiev suffered a setback Wednesday in their efforts to restore order in the country’s troubled east when pro-Russian separatists were seen in the top several Ukrainian army armored vehicles. Jamie Dettmer reports. The column of six armored personnel carriers was seized in the city of Slovyansk on the eve of talks in Geneva between diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the West. Kiev authorities denied claims by locals that Ukrainian paratroop was manning the troop carriers, switched sides after agitators offered them food. Separatists say the soldiers’ morale was low and that they hadn’t been given supplies for several days. Ukrainian defense officials say the column was captured with the help of Russian agents. Kiev insists that hundreds of Russian troops have crossed the border and are coaching and instructing separatists on tactics. The allegation is dismissed by Moscow. Jamie Dettmer, VOA news, Kiev.

Armed pro-Russians also hold municipal buildings in Donetsk, another city where separatists are demanding referendums on splitting with Ukraine to join Russia. A crowd of pro-Russian local citizens also stopped several Ukrainian military vehicles in the outskirts of the town of Kramatorsk, blocking their way. They forced the soldiers to hand over parts of their weapons, rendering them unusable, before allowing the troops to continue on their way.

About three hundred people are still missing after a ferry capsized off the southern coast of South Korea Wednesday with more than 460 people on board, most of them high school students. Coast guard officials say 174 people have been rescued and four are confirmed dead. Many are feared trapped in the submerged ship or stranded in the water. The boat set off from Incheon city on Tuesday night for a 14-hour trip to the resort island of Jeju when it capsized. Officials say they are not sure what caused the ship to sink but some survivors reported hearing a loud impact before the vessel rolled to its side.

The robotic submarine searching for the wreckage from the missing Malaysian airliner was once again forced to cut short its mission on Wednesday. The Australian agency coordinating the search says an unspecified technical problem forced the Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle to resurface. It is using sonar to create a three-dimensional image of the floor on the southern Indian Ocean where the Boeing 777 is believed to have crashed. U.S. navy officials are warning it could take up to two months for the sub to search the 600-square kilometer area, which has never been mapped.

Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was removed from his post at his own request. Edward Yeranian has details.

The news that Prince Bandar bin Sultan is being replaced as Saudi intelligence chief was cheered by his arch-enemies, including Iran and its top allies Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Iran’s Al-Alam TV blamed the prince for supporting al-Qaeda in Syria and attributed his political demise to his failure to defeat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The 65-year-old prince is being replaced by his deputy, General Youssef al Idrisi. Bandar had been spearheading Saudi efforts to unseat President Assad in the bitter and bloody Syrian civil war, supporting various Sunni rebel factions. Edward Yeranian, for VOA news, Cairo.

China’s economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter of this year. That is its slowest rate in 18 months for the world’s second biggest economy. The growth rate exceeded what economists were expecting. But still, it was down from the 7.7% growth rate in the last three months of 2013.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says inflation is expected to rise slowly from the current levels to the U.S. central bank’s 2% target rate. In her first major policy speech, Yellen told the Economic Club of New York the low rate of inflation appears due to temporary influences, such as the deceleration in consumer energy prices.

A press freedom group says Iraq continues to lead the world in unsolved murders of journalists. In its annual impunity Index, the New York-based Committee for the Protection of Journalists ranked Iraq first for the seventh consecutive year, saying 100 journalists have been killed there in the last decade without any convictions. I’m Ray Kouguell, VOA news, more on our website on the internet at voanews.com.


美国之音新闻,华盛顿报道。乌克兰东部局势恶化,乌政府再遇难题。沙特情报局局长辞职。我是雷·寇格尔,华盛顿报道。

周三,乌克兰政府试图在东部地区重建秩序的努力受挫,人们看到亲俄的分裂分子就在几辆重要的乌军装甲车上。詹米·迪特姆报道。就在俄罗斯外交官与乌克兰和西方的外交官于日内瓦举行会谈的前夕,一队六辆装甲运兵车在斯拉维扬斯克被扣留。当地消息称乌克兰伞兵驾驶着运兵车,在分裂分子给予他们食物后,便改旗易帜,但乌克兰官方对此进行了否认。分裂分子称,士兵们士气低落,多日未有补给。乌克兰国防部官员称,俄罗斯特工参与截获了这队运兵车。乌克兰政府坚称,成百上千的俄军已经越过边界,并对分裂分子进行战略指导。俄罗斯政府对该言论进行了驳斥。詹米·迪特姆,美国之音新闻,基辅报道。

支持俄罗斯的武装分子还占领了顿涅茨克的市政大楼,分裂分子要求全民公投,与乌克兰分裂,加入俄罗斯,顿涅茨克是其中一座城市。一群支持俄罗斯的当地人也在克拉马托尔斯克镇郊区拦下几辆乌克兰武装车辆,堵住他们的去路。他们强迫士兵交出部分武器,并加之销毁,然后才允许部队离开。

周三,一艘载有460多人的渡轮在韩国南海岸发生翻船事故,目前仍有大约300人失踪。船上乘客多数为高中学生。海岸警卫队官员称,目前已有174人获救,4人确认死亡。恐怕许多人要么被困于渐渐沉没的渡轮上,要么浸在海中。该船周二晚上从仁川启航,预计14个小时后抵达旅游圣地济州岛,但中途发生翻船事故。官方称他们还不确定渡轮沉没的原因,但是一些幸存者报告称在渡轮倾覆前听到一声巨响。

周三,搜寻失联马航飞机残骸的水下机器人不得不再次中断搜寻任务。澳大利亚搜寻协调中心表示,由于不明技术故障,自主式水下航行器蓝鳍金枪鱼-21被迫浮出水面。蓝鳍金枪鱼─21利用声呐系统对疑似波音777坠毁的南印度洋海域进行三维成像。美国海军官员警告称,蓝鳍金枪鱼─21要耗时两个月才能搜完这片从未被测绘过的600平方公里海域。

沙特阿拉伯原情报部长班达尔·本·苏丹王子自请离职。详细内容请听爱德华·叶瑞宁报道。

对于沙特王子班达尔·本·苏丹卸任情报部长一事,其死敌伊朗、叙利亚和黎巴嫩真主党纷纷弹冠相庆。伊朗Al-Alam电视台此前指责王子支持基地组织在叙利亚的恐怖活动,称其叙利亚总理阿萨德的争斗中落败,最终导致了政治生涯的终结。随着这位65岁王子殿下的退出,原副部长尤瑟夫·阿·伊德里希将军随即接任了这一职位。在艰苦血腥的叙利亚内战中,班达尔一度带领着沙特,联合各逊尼派反对党,试图罢黜叙利亚总统阿萨德。
我是爱德华·叶瑞宁,VOA新闻,开罗报道。

今年第一季度中国经济的增长率为7.4%。这是全球第二大经济体18个月来的最慢增速。虽然增长率超过了经济学家的预期,但这仍然低于2013年最后三个月7.7%的增长率。

美联储主席珍妮特·耶伦称通货膨胀预计会在当前的基础上缓慢上升,达到美国中央银行2%的目标增长率。在她的第一次施政演说中,耶伦向纽约经济俱乐部表示,低通货膨胀率的出现是由于受到如能源价格消费放缓等暂时性因素的影响。

一家新闻自由组织称,伊拉克悬而未决的记者谋杀案数量仍居世界首位。据其年度“逍遥法外”指数,总部设在纽约的保护记者委员会连续七年将伊拉克列于榜首,称在伊拉克境内,100名记者在过去的十年里遇害却无人获罪。我是雷库格尔,美国之音新闻,更多内容请浏览美国之音官网。



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