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VOA新闻:2014-11-05美国国会中期选举开锣

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From Washington, this is VOA News. 

US holding crucial Congressional elections....

U-N warns of disaster for displaced in Iraq....

I'm Ray Kouguell reporting from Washington.

Voters across the United States are casting ballots in a pivotal election that will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control Congress during President Barack Obama's final two years in office. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate's 100 seats are at stake.  The main focus is the Senate, where many political analysts say Republicans are poised to win the six seats necessary to seize control of the chamber from Mr. Obama's Democratic Party, which now holds a 55-seat working majority.    Republicans are expected to retain -- and perhaps expand -- their solid 233-seat majority in the House.

Opposition leaders in Burkina Faso have called off protests as they continue holding talks with the country's military leadership on forming a government of "national consensus." The military took control last Friday, after longtime president Blaise Compaore resigned in the face of protests against his effort to amend the constitution to allow him to run for another term.
 
NATO says it's observed Russian troops moving closer to the Ukraine border. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says  the alliance has seen the maneuvers as Moscow continues to support separatists with equipment and special forces in eastern Ukraine. A pro-Russian rebel leader was sworn in Tuesday  as the head of a self-declared "people's republic" in eastern Ukraine, following elections condemned by the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Kyiv as illegal and destabilizing.

Two bomb attacks killed at least four people Tuesday in Pakistan's northwest tribal region of Khyber. No responsibility.

This is VOA News.

Police and eyewitnesses in eastern Pakistan say an angry crowd attacked and beat a married Christian couple to death, after accusing them of desecrating a Quran.  The mob later burned the bodies in the brick kiln where the victims worked. The deadly incident occurred Tuesday in a town about 60 kilometers southwest of Lahore.  Provincial authorities have launched an investigation and ordered police to increase security at minority Christian neighborhoods across Punjab.

The United Nations is appealing for 173 million dollars to help displaced people in Iraq withstand the coming winter.  About one-point-nine million people have been forced to flee their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs  because of attacks by the Islamic State militant group.  Lisa Schlein has details:

“Spokesman for the U.N. Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Jens Laerke, says the weather is already biting.  In many parts of Iraq, he says displaced people are being hit with heavy rain, wind, storms and low temperatures.  "The situation in Iraq is, as we have said on numerous occasions, disastrous.  Hundreds of thousands are sheltering in unfinished buildings and public facilities, including schools or in informal settlements, as well as out in the open.  The United Nations says priority needs include weather-appropriate tents, warm clothing, food, heating and cooking fuel, and health services.

Lisa Schlein for VOA News, Geneva.”

Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims have gathered in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala for the annual Ashura commemoration, despite the threat of Sunni extremist attacks. Iraq's security forces have deployed tens of thousands of troops to protect the pilgrims who are observing the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Hussein, one of Shi'ite Islam's most revered figures.

The European Union  cut its already low economic growth forecasts further, indicating the recovery in E-U countries will remain sluggish. Officials from the 18-country Eurozone says it will grow by just  point-eight percent this year.  That's down from an earlier figure of one-point-two  percent. Pierre Mosco-vici is the European Union Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs:

“There is no magic bullet.  There is no single answer.  All member states need structural reforms, credible fiscal policies and clear support to investment.”

Officials say France and Italy remain a hindrance to European economic recovery.

Israel  reopened two border crossings with Gaza after closing them for two days. The crossings were closed Sunday after a rocket was fired into Israel from the Palestinian side.  No damage or injuries were reported. I'm Ray Kouguell in Washington. That's the latest world news from VOA.


来自华盛顿,这里是VOA新闻。

美国开始进行重要的国会选举......

联合国警告称伊拉克爆发难民潮.....

我是雷·库格尔从华盛顿发回报道。

美国选民正进行重要的投票选举,该选举将决定美国总统奥巴马最后的两年任期内,究竟是民主党还是共和党控制国会。众议院所有435个席位和参议院100个席位中的三分之一都岌岌可危。竞争的焦点是参议院,许多政治分析人士称,共和党人已经做好准备从奥巴马总统领导的民主党中赢得控制参议院所必需的6个席位,目前民主党控制着55席的多数席位。共和党有望保持并扩大席位——他们控制了国会中233个多数席位。

在非洲国家布基纳法索,反对派领导人已经取消抗议活动,他们继续同本国的军方领导人会谈,商讨组建一个具有“国民共识”的政府。长期执政的总统布莱斯·孔波雷为再次竞选而修改宪法的努力遭到人民抗议,他随后辞职,之后军方于上周五控制了局势。

北约称其观测到俄罗斯军队正往乌克兰边境移动。北约秘书长延斯·斯托尔滕贝格表示,北约把此次军事调遣看作是莫斯科方面继续为乌克兰东部的分裂分子提供装备及特种部队支援的证明。本周二,亲俄反对派领导人宣布出任其自称的乌克兰东部“人民共和国”的领袖,接下来的选举遭到联合国、美国、欧盟及基辅方面的谴责,被认为是非法且破坏政权稳定的。

本周二于巴基斯坦西北部开伯尔部落地区爆发的两次炸弹袭击造成至少四人死亡。没有组织宣称对此事负责。

这里是VOA新闻。

巴基斯坦东部地区的警察与目击者称,愤怒的人群指责一对已婚基督教徒夫妇侮辱《古兰经》,随后袭击并打死了他们。暴徒在受害者工作的砖窑焚毁了尸体。这起命案发生在周二距离拉霍西南部60公里的一座小镇上。省当局已经展开调查并命令警方加强整个旁遮普省少数基督徒社区的安全。

联合国呼吁捐赠1.73亿美元,帮助伊拉克的难民抵御即将到来的冬天。由于“伊斯兰国”组织的袭击,约有190万人被迫背井离乡,除了背包里的衣物,什么也没有。丽莎·施莱茵为您详细报道:

“联合国人道事务协调办公室发言人延斯·拉尔克称,天气已经很寒冷。他表示,在伊拉克许多地区,众多流离失所的人正遭受暴雨、大风、暴风雨及低温的侵袭。”正如我们在众多场合上提到的那样,伊拉克受灾严重。成千上万人居住于尚未建成的建筑与公共场所里,包括学校或临时营地,以及露天场所。联合国指出,首要需求包括适应天气的帐篷、保暖的衣物、食物、取暖和做饭的燃料以及医疗卫生服务。

丽莎·施莱茵,VOA新闻,日内瓦报道。

成千上万的什叶派朝圣者不顾逊尼派极端分子袭击的威胁,聚集在伊拉克圣城卡尔巴拉,庆祝一年一度的阿舒拉节。伊拉克的安保部队已经部署数万人保护朝圣者,他们正在瞻仰7世纪辞世的先知默罕默德的孙子侯赛因,侯赛因是什叶派最尊崇的人物之一。

欧盟进一步下调原本已经很低的经济增长预期,并预测欧盟国家的经济复苏仍将是缓慢的. 来自18个欧元区国家的官员称,今年的经济增长仅为0.8个百分点. 这比之前1.2%的预期还低. 皮尔瑞·莫索科是欧盟金融事务和税务委员,他表示:

“没有林丹妙药,也没有唯一的答案,所以的成员国都需要深化体制改革,制定可信的财政政策和明确对投资的支持.”

官员还表示,法国和意大利仍是欧洲经济恢复道路上的阻碍.

在关闭了两天后,以色列重新开放了通往加沙地带的两个边境通道.  周日,一枚来自巴勒斯坦境内的火箭弹在以色列爆炸,随后以色列关闭了这两条通道. 爆炸没有造成伤亡. 我是雷·科古尔,从华盛顿为您带来报道. 以上便是美国之音新闻最近的世界新闻资讯.



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