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【整理】VOA 2014-04-24 奥巴马出访亚洲

2014-05-14    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. President Obama opens 8-day Asia tour in Japan. Ukraine formally calls on Easter truce with pro-Russian separatists. I’m Ray Kouguell, reporting from Washington.

President Obama is in Japan for the start of 4-nation tour of Asia where he will try to convince allies that Washington is committed to its rebalancing in the Pacific region. Security concerns over China’s territorial claims and North Korea’s nuclear program will be a major focus of Mr.Obama’s trip. Besides Japan, he'll also visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. The 8-day tour opened in Tokyo with a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan is embroiled in a growing dispute with Beijing over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

The confirmed death toll from the South Korean ferry disaster climbed to 150 Wednesday, one week after the passenger boat capsized off the country’s southwest coast. Divers are slowly working their way through the third and fourth floors of the boat which is submerged upside down in murky waters and surrounded by a strong ocean current. More than 150 other passengers are missing and presumed dead. The captain and six crew members are under arrest. Most of the passengers were high school students, who were headed for an outing on the resort island of Jeju.

The Australian Agency coordinating the search for Malaysia Airlines’ flight 370 says unidentified materials washed ashore on western Australia and officials are investigating whether it’s related to the missing plane. The Joint Agency Coordination Center says officials are looking at photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required. A massive multinational search uncovered no confirmed trace of the plane now 7 weeks after it disappeared mysteriously while on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Australian officials, however, are vowing to continue the search even as a robotic submarine is about to complete the first phase of its, so far, unsuccessful scan of the Indian Ocean bottom.

Ukraine formally called off the Easter truce against pro-Russian separatists in the east and says anti-terrorist operations are on again and Russia is threatening to retaliate. Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov ordered a resumption of anti-terrorist operations against pro-Russian separatists who continued to occupy government buildings in several eastern Ukrainian cities. The presidential order followed discovery of 2 bodies near the rebel-held city of Slovyansk. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told State Television Russia would retaliate if its legitimate interests or the Russian people are attacked.

The two main Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal, saying they will try to form a unity government in the coming weeks. Hamas and Fatah split violently in 2007 and have since divided their people between two sets of rulers. It remains unclear how this plan would succeed where past attempts have repeatedly failed. But the US and Israel condemned the agreement.

The World Health Organization says effective vaccines against killer diseases are averting between 2 to 3 million deaths every year. Lisa Schlein reports. An increasing number of people in all age groups are being immunized against preventable diseases. WHO director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele says polio is on the verge of eradication. He says measles in Africa has gone down dramatically and the disease is being eliminated in the Americas and in the Pacific region including China. He says the meningitis vaccine has been an outstanding success in saving lives in Africa. He says Angola and Congo Brazzaville are launching the introduction of roto-virus vaccines into the national health systems to coincide with World Immunization Week. Lisa Schlein, for VOA News, Geneva.

Kosovo’s lawmakers have approved a motion for a European Union-backed special court to try ethnic Albanians accused of committing war crimes during the 1998-99 war of Independence from Servia. Hundreds of ethnic Serb civilians were allegedly killed so their organs could be harvested and sold on the black market.

Afghanistan’s election commission is delaying release of preliminary results from the country’s April 5th presidential election to allow more time to investigate possible fraud. Partial results put former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah in the lead with 44%, followed by former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani with 33%. I’m Ray Kouguell, VOA News. More on the internet at voanews.com.





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