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VOA常速新闻:2015-05-22奥巴马贸易议程起死回生

2015-06-29    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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I'm Dave DeForest reporting.

The Islamic State takes Palmyra: The insurgents overran the ancient Syrian city on Thursday. Heather Murdock reports.

“An amateur video posted on a social website Thursday shows what appears to be a gas field near Palmyra.  This man in the video, presumably an Islamic State fighter, makes vague threats against Gulf Arab people and Alawites - the sect of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - and the video shows a car driving on a road to Palmyra. The Islamic State group the same day announced on Twitter that it had taken over the city, which includes a military base believed to house massive amounts of weaponry, an airport and a prison. Heather Murdock, Cairo.”

U.S. President Barack Obama has designated Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States.  Mr. Obama met Thursday at the White House with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi.

“We discussed the importance of security and the recognition that given the instability in the region, it is important for us to continue to partner effectively in counterterrorism efforts.”

The American leader said he was pleased to hear of Tunisia's political change to a democracy.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says both sides of the Ukrainian conflict have been violating the terms of a cease-fire agreement.

And, speaking to the German Parliament in Berlin Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said it is "unimaginable" for Russia to participate in a meeting of the world's leading industrialized countries as long as it is involved in the conflict in Ukraine. She said next month's Group of Seven meeting in Bavaria will not include Russia. This is VOA news.

Myanmar says it will work to protect members of the country's Rohingya minority that are risking their lives to flee poverty and persecution in the country. A spokesman says the government is committed to verifying the nationality of those in need of aid, as well as protecting and assisting Myanmar citizens. He adds that authorities will provide assistance and arrange repatriation to other people found in Myanmar.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama's trade agenda scored a victory Thursday when senators advanced a bill to facilitate approval of the Pacific Rim free trade pact.  Michael Bowman reports.

“The 62-38 vote exceeded the three-fifths majority required and all but assures final Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority or TPA, for which only a simple majority is required. That vote could come as early as Friday.  TPA, also known as "fast track," would speed approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership ((TPP)) of nations that account for about 40 percent of global economic output. Michael Bowman, the capital.”

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Thursday announced his long-awaited nominee for the post of defense minister.   Mr. Ghani chose Masoom Stanekzai for the office.  He announced the nomination at the opening session of the International Contact Group in Kabul, which is helping Afghanistan improve governance.

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has told the nation upcoming elections will take place in peace, and insisted that recent unrest in the capital, Bujumbura, is not representative of the rest of the country. Mr. Nkurunziza spoke on state television late Wednesday as he announced that the upcoming parliamentary elections will be delayed by a week, to June 5, because of recent political violence.

An international human rights group says Qatar has failed to improve conditions for migrant workers. In a report Thursday, Amnesty International said reforms have not come fast enough, adding that little had changed for the 1.5 million migrant workers in Qatar.  The nation plans to host the 2022 World Cup.  The world football organization FIFA welcomed the Amnesty report, urging authorities in Qatar to provide fair working conditions for all workers.

China's navy is reported to have issued eight warning messages to a U.S. military surveillance plane that passed over a group of man-made islands in thedisputed South China Sea.  "This is the Chinese navy, please go away quickly," said a voice in English, according to a report by CNN, whose reporters were aboard the plane Wednesday.

On Wall Street, U.S. stock indexes ended the day higher.

I’m Dave DeForest in Washington. That’s the latest world news from VOA.


Key Phrases/Words

surveillance :监视

TPA, Trade Promotion Authority贸易促进授权法案

TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership 泛太平洋伙伴关系协定

economic output经济总量

Pacific Rim free trade pact环太平洋自由贸易协定

advance a bill 提交议案

violate:违反

cease-fire agreement:停火协议

insurgent:叛军

makes vague threats:做出威胁的姿态


戴维迪德福雷斯特报道

伊斯兰国占领了帕尔米拉:周四叛军在古老叙利亚城市肆虐。海瑟默多克报道。

周四一个社交网站公布的一个业余视频显示帕尔米拉附近发现疑似油田。视频中的人,被认为是一个伊斯兰国士兵,对海湾阿拉伯人民和阿拉维派做出威胁。阿拉维派是叙利亚总统巴沙尔.阿塞德的派系。视频显示一辆车行驶在通往帕尔米拉的公路上。伊斯兰国组织同一天在推特上表示已经占领了帕尔米拉,其中包括一个被认为储藏有大量武器的军事基地,一个机场,一座监狱。海瑟默多克,开罗发回报道。

美国总统奥巴马指定突尼斯作为美国一个主要的非北约盟国。周四,奥巴马与突尼斯总统贝吉·凯德·埃塞卜西在白宫会晤。

“我们讨论了关于安全的重要性以及意识到该地区的动荡局面,两国在反恐怖主义方面继续加强有效合作是十分重要的。”

美国总统对突尼斯的政治民主进程改革表示欢迎

欧洲安全与合作组织称乌克兰冲突双方都已经违反了停火协议。

周四在德国议会的演讲中,安吉拉·默克尔总理称让卷入乌克兰冲突的俄罗斯参加世界主要工业化国家大会是“难以想象的”。她表示下个月在巴伐利亚举行的七国集团会议将不包括俄罗斯。这里是美国之音新闻。

缅甸表示将努力保护本国罗兴亚少数族裔。他们正冒着生命危险逃离贫困及国内的迫害。一名发言人称政府正努力核实这些需要援助人员的国籍,并向他们提供同缅甸公民一样的保护与援助。他补充说当局将向缅甸境内发现的其他人提供援助并安排遣返回国。

周四,参议员提交了旨在促进泛太平洋地区自由贸易协定的草案,这意味着巴拉克·奥巴马总统的贸易议程取得了胜利。迈克尔·鲍曼报道。


“62比38票,这已经超过了规定所需的五分之三的席位,而确保最终参议院通过贸易促进授权法案(TPA),而该法案的通过只需要简单多数。投票结果最早可能在周五公布。TPA,即众所周知的“快速通道”,将加快泛太平洋国家伙伴关系(TPP)协议的通过,而这些国家的经济总量约占全球的40%。迈克尔·鲍曼,首都报道。”

周四,阿富汗总统阿什拉夫·加尼宣布了他期待已久的国防部长候选人。加尼提名马苏姆·斯塔内克扎伊担任该职位。他是在喀布尔举行的国际联络小组开幕仪式上宣布该提名的,这将有助于阿富汗改善治理水平。
 

布隆迪总统皮埃尔·恩库伦齐扎向布隆迪人民表示即将到来的大选将在和平的氛围中进行,并坚持声称近期发生在首都布琼布拉的骚乱并不能代表本国其它地区。周三晚上,恩库齐扎先生在国家电视台访谈时宣布,由于近期的政治暴力冲突,即将到来的议会选举将推迟一周到6月5日。

国际人权组织表示卡塔尔未能改善外来劳工的工作条件。周四,国际特赦组织发布一份报告指出,改革的进程还不够快,并补充道,卡塔尔150万外来劳工的境遇几乎未有变化。卡塔尔将承办2022年世界杯。国际足联(FIFA)认可国际特赦组织的报告,并敦促卡塔尔当局向所有工人提供公平合理的工作条件。

据报道,当一架美国军事监测飞机在中国南海争议地区飞越一片人工岛屿时,中国海军向其发出了8次警告。 CNN周三报道称,中国海军用英语表示“我们是中国海军,请立即撤离”。当时CNN的记者正乘坐在这艘飞机上。

视线回到华尔街,今天美国股指高位收盘。

戴夫 德福利斯特 华盛顿报道。以上是美国之音最新环球新闻。



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