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【整理】BBC 2011-08-24 北美东海岸遭遇地震袭击

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Libyan rebels have taken over Colonel Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli after a day of heavy fighting. In a symbolic gesture, the rebels broke off the head of a statue of Colonel Gaddafi and kicked it along the ground. There were wild celebrations as they streamed in through the gates. The BBC's Paul Danahar was at the compound among the rebels.

I've just climbed over the huge iron gate. I was at the front of the Gaddafi compound, and I'm watching them carrying out possessions on their heads. A man was just walking out with the drawer from a shelf loaded with paintings and ornaments and everything else. I just watched another man carrying out something like crystal jugs. So they are basically going room to room and ripping to shreds any symbol of Gaddafi they can find, and they are taking what they probably think is rightfully theirs and that is the wealth that he's accumulated over the 42 years of his rule.

The whereabouts of the colonel and his family are still unknown. But Mahmoud Shammam, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council, says the rebels' capture of the compound is hugely symbolic.

"Bab al-Aziziya is the last stronghold of al-Gaddafi, and it has a great symbol - this is the place where(when口误) Gaddafi was issuing his criminal orders around the country; this is the symbol of al-Gaddafi. To get over it is a great psychological and emotional victory for our troops."

Libyan rebels also say they've overrun the strategic eastern oil port of Ras Lanuf, and they said they were on their way towards the city of Sirte, birthplace of Colonel Gaddafi which is still a stronghold of his supporters. The rebels said there had been no damage to the oil facilities at Ras Lanuf.

In international reaction, the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the UN should play a lead role in the future of Libya while the State Department in Washington said it would seek to release up to $1.5bn in frozen Libyan assets. The British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the rule of Colonel Gaddafi was in its "death throes", but he warned against complacency.

"It's still a difficult and dangerous situation. There are many, many weapons out there; there are thousands of people who were until very recently being paid by Gaddafi in his army or as mercenaries to support the regime, many of whom may still be at large, so I think still some difficult and dangerous days."

The International Red Cross says the fighting in Tripoli has led to an urgent need for medical supplies and staff. A spokesman for the Red Cross in the city said many civilians were among the injured as many of the clashes had taken place in residential areas. He said many doctors were finding it difficult to get to the hospitals and other facilities because of the continuing battles.

World News from the BBC

A court in New York has dismissed the sexual assault charges against the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Prosecutors said they could not disprove his assertion that the encounter with a hotel chambermaid was consensual. An appeal by the chambermaid's lawyer was quickly rejected, and Mr Strauss-Kahn is now free. Matt Wells reports from New York.

Ever since his arrest at a New York airport on 14 May, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been facing a prospect of a lengthy jail sentence if this sensational case had gone to trial and he'd been found guilty. But after hastily indicting him, public prosecutors here in Manhattan were compelled to admit that they've lost faith in their star witness, the alleged victim Nafissatou Diallo. She was a serial liar, they said, and today the judge agreed. At first, Mr Strauss-Kahn was told he'd have to wait for a legal appeal before being allowed to leave the country, but that was crossed within hours.

An earthquake has hit the North American east coast, shaking Washington, New York and other towns and cities over a wide area. The US Geological Survey says the tremor measured 5.8 and was centred in the state of Virginia. From Washington, here's Jonny Dymond.

In just a few moments, the streets of Washington were full of workers evacuated from their buildings. At street level, the quake felt like an underground train passing close; but up in the offices of cities from Washington to Boston, the trembling was more pronounced. For around 30 seconds, lights and television monitors hanging from ceilings swayed as the earthquake rumbled around the region. The mobile phone network temporarily crashed. Parts of the Pentagon, the White House and Congress were evacuated.

A strengthened Hurricane Irene is approaching the Turks and Caicos islands and the Bahamas, having caused destruction in other parts of the Caribbean. Irene, still gathering force, brought torrential rain and strong winds to the Dominican Republic, and cut power supplies in Puerto Rico.

BBC News


经过一天的激烈战斗之后,利比亚叛军接管了卡扎菲上校的官邸。在象征性的举动中,叛军击碎了卡扎菲上校雕塑的头部,将其丢在地上。他们进入官邸大门的时候进行了疯狂的庆祝。BBC记者Paul Danahar现在就在叛军中间。

我刚刚爬过巨大的铁门,现在就在卡扎菲官邸前面,看着他们将所有物品搬出。一名男子刚刚搬着装满油画,饰品和其他物品的抽屉走出去。我还看到一名男子将一个水晶壶一样的东西拿出去。他们正在逐个房间搜查,粉碎任何象征卡扎菲的物品。他们正在拿走他们认为应该属于他们的东西,这是卡扎菲在42年的统治期间积累的财富。

卡扎菲上校和他的家人的下落仍然不明。但是过渡国民委员会发言人Mahmoud Shammam表示,叛军占领这座官邸具有重要的象征意义。

“阿齐齐亚兵营(Bab al-Aziziya)是卡扎菲上校最后一座堡垒,这具有重要的象征意义,就是在这里,卡扎菲上校发布遍及全国的犯罪的命令,这是卡扎菲的象征。对于我们的军队来说,这是重大的心理上和情绪上的胜利。”

利比亚叛军还表示,他们已经推翻了具有战略意义的东部石油港口拉斯拉努夫,他们说正在前往卡扎菲的出生地苏尔特的途中,这里仍然是卡扎菲的支持者的堡垒。叛军表示,他们并没有破坏拉斯拉努夫的石油设施。

我们来看一下国际社会的反应。欧盟外交政策负责人凯瑟琳·阿斯顿(Catherine Ashton)表示,联合国在利比亚的未来方面将会发挥领导作用。华盛顿国务院表示,他们将解冻15亿利比亚资产。英国外交大臣黑格表示,卡扎菲上校的统治已经濒临结束,但是他警告大家警惕自满情绪。

“目前的形势仍然非常困难,非常危险。外面仍然有很多武器,直到最近仍然有数千人被卡扎菲收买,为他提供武器,为他的政权提供支持,许多人仍在潜逃,所以我们认为仍然面临一段艰难危险的时期。”

国际红十字会表示,的黎波里的战斗导致迫切需求医疗物资和医护人员。的黎波里红十字会发言人表示,由于许多战斗发生在居民区,许多平民受伤。他表示,由于持续的战斗,许多医生难以到达医院和其他地方。

BBC世界新闻。

纽约一家法庭放弃了对国际货币基金组织前总裁卡恩的性侵犯指控。检控官表示,他们难以反驳卡恩的说法,他和酒店女服务员在酒店的行为是双方自愿的。酒店女服务员的律师提出的上诉请求很快被驳回。卡恩现在恢复了自由。Matt Wells在纽约报道。

自5月14日在纽约机场被捕以来,卡恩一直面临这样的困境,如果这宗轰动一时的案件进行审判后发现他有罪,他将面临长期监禁。但是对他进行仓促控告之后,曼哈顿检控官不得不承认,他们失去了对所谓的受害者和目击证人Nafissatou Diallo的信任。他们说,这名女服务员经常说谎,今天法官终于赞同了他们的说法。最初,卡恩被告知必须等待合法上诉之后才能离开美国。但是他只等待了几个小时。

北美东海岸遭遇地震袭击,华盛顿,纽约和大范围地区的城镇受到影响。美国地质调查局表示,震级为5.8级,震中位于佛吉尼亚州。华盛顿,Jonny Dymond报道。

几分钟之内,华盛顿的街道上就挤满了从各栋大厦中疏散的工作人员。在街上,地震就好像从地下很近的地方经过了一辆货车。但是从华盛顿到波士顿的办公室里,震动的感觉更加明显。大约30秒钟之内,地震袭击该地区的时候,天花板上的灯盏和电视监控都摇摇欲坠。移动电话网络暂时中断。五角大楼,白宫和国会的一些部门工作人员也紧急撤离。

加强飓风“艾琳”(Irene)正在逼近特克斯开科斯群岛和巴哈马群岛,已经在加勒比海的其他地区造成损害。“艾琳”(Irene)仍在继续加强,已经为多米尼加共和国带来狂风暴雨,导致波多黎各电力中断。

BBC新闻。



重点讲解


1.symbolic adj.象征的;使用象征的;作为象征的;象征性的

例句:The Christian ceremony of baptism is a symbolic act.
基督教的洗礼仪式是一种象征性的做法。

2.stream vi.鱼贯而行

3.possession n.占有, 持有, 拥有

例句:The Egyptians strove with the Romans for the possession of the Nile Valley.
埃及人为占有尼罗河谷而与罗马人斗争。

个人财产, 私人财物

例句:She forsook her worldly possessions to devote herself to the church.
她抛弃世上的财物而献身教会。

4.rightfully adv.正直地;正当地;按理地;有理由地

例句:the purposes for which power can be rightfully exercised
为了权力能够正当行使的目的

5.psychological adj.心理的; 心灵的;精神上的

例句:Our psychological defence is far from impenetrable.
我们国家人民的心理防卫就谈不上固若金汤了。

6.complacency n.自满;自得;自鸣得意

例句:a warning against complacency
不要自满的告诫

7.dismiss v.自心中摒除, 不再考虑或谈论

例句:He dismissed the story as a rumour.
他把这个消息当做谣言而不予考虑。

8.disprove vt.证明(理论等)错误,反驳

例句:I defy anyone to disprove the defendant’s statements.
我倒要看看有没有人能对被告的陈述进行反驳。

9.sensational adj.轰动性的;引起哗然的

例句:The arrival of a taxi was unusual enough; an unknown woman getting out of it was sensational.
 来了辆出租车就够奇怪的了,从里面出来一名陌生女子就更引人注目。

10.pronounced adj.明显的;显著的

例句:She speaks with a pronounced French accent.
她说话有明显的法国口音。

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