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【整理】BBC 2013-12-16 德国首次任命女防长

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BBC News with Julie Candler.

Nelson Mandela has been laid to rest in South Africa's Eastern Cape where he grew up. Friends, family and political leaders paid final tributes to him at a state funeral remembering the qualities that turned a young activist into the world's most famous political prisoner and later his country's first democratically elected president. From the village of Qunu, Mike Wooldridge reports.


For its most celebrated leader, South Africa staged the biggest state funeral in its history. One of Nelson Mandela's granddaughters Nandi paid tribute to the man whose principle regret about going to prison for 27 years was it he missed so much of a family life.  “We shall miss your voice as you told us stories of a childhood, we shall miss your laughter.” In the most emotional tribute of all, Ahmed Kathrada in prison with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island said his life was now in a void. President Jacob Zuma pledged to continue promoting non-racialism, reconciliation, forgiveness and the other values for which Nelson Mandela was renowned.


Some 200,000 opposition supporters have converged on independence square in Ukrainian capital Kiev demanding the resignation of the President Viktor Yanukovych. It's the latest protest over the government's refusal to sign a deal on close integration with the European Union. The US Senator John McCain was cheered when he told crowds that Washington support them. “Ukraine will make Europe better and European will make Ukraine better. To all Ukrainians, America stands with you.”

The polls have now closed in Chile where people have been voting for a new president. The socialist candidate Michelle Bachelet has seen as the favourite, she fell just short of the outright majority she needed in the first round. The electoral authority says the turnout appears to have been low despite repeated calls by both candidates for people to vote.

France says President Francois Hollande will not attend the opening ceremony for 2014 winter Olympics in Russia, nor will any other top French official. The announcement was made by the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in a radio interview, but he did not elaborate on the reasons. Analysts say the Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his personal prestige on staging a successful Olympic in an effort to showcase his country.

A human rights group in Saudi Arabia says one of its members has been sentenced to four years in prison and 300 lashes for calling for greater democracy. Omar al-Saed is the latest member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association to be jailed as the authorities continue their campaign against the group.

World News from the BBC.

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has appointed the country's first female Defense Minister. SDhe's Ursula von der Leyen, currently Labour Minister and a mother of seven. Chancellor Merkel was unveiling her new cabinet after the centre-left Social Democrats voted to join a grand coalition with her centre-right bloc. Stephen Evans reports from Berlin. “The headline may be the appointment of the Germany's first female Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, but other appointments may be more significant in terms of policy. She is unlikely to be any less reluctant than her male predecessors to get the German military involved abroad. In terms of policy, the big change may be the new Foreign Minister from the Social Democrats Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The SPD is thought to be keener on reaching an accommodation with Russia despite concerns about President Putin's record on civil rights.”


The public prosecutor's office in the Brazilian city of Manaus has demanded the immediate suspension of a building work of the World Cup football stadium where a construction worker was killed on Saturday. The worker plunged more than 30 meters to his death from a roof. The authorities say the working conditions are unacceptably dangerous and the urgency to finish in time for next year’s tournament cannot cost more lives.


The actor Peter O'Toole who shot to fame in an Oscar winning film Lawrence of Arabia has died, he was 81. A mesmerizing and versatile actor, O'Toole was nominated for an Oscar eight times for roles ranging from King Henry II in Becket to an alcoholic journalist in Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell. Although he never won any of those, he accepted an honorary Oscar in 2003 when he was given a standing ovation. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot. I have my very own Oscar now to be with me till deaths do part.

BBC News. 

void:虚空

reconciliation:和谐

converge:聚集

elaborate:阐明

democracy:民主

plunge:俯冲

suspension:暂停


BBC新闻,朱莉·堪德勒报道。

纳尔逊·曼德拉安葬于其出生地南非开普敦省。在国葬上,朋友、家人和政治领导人向他表达了最后的敬意,并缅怀这位伟人的卓越品质,这样的品质使这位年轻时的活动家转变为世界最著名的政治犯,之后成为南非的首位民选总统。麦克·伍德瑞奇,库努村报道。

南非为本国最著名的领袖举办了至今为止最大的国葬。纳尔逊·曼德拉的一位孙女向祖父致辞时说,曼德拉回顾27年的牢狱生涯时,最为遗憾的就是错过了太多与家人相聚的时间。“我们会想念你讲述的童年故事,想念你的笑声。”在所有致辞中最令人动容的,是曼德拉在罗宾岛监狱时期的老友艾哈迈德·卡特拉达。他说,自己的生命如今陷入虚空之中。总统雅各布·祖玛承诺,将承传曼德拉所推崇并因此闻名于世的价值观,包括非种族主义、和谐以及宽恕等。

约20万反对派的支持者们聚集在乌克兰首都基辅的独立广场,要求总统维克托·亚努科维奇辞职。这是自政府拒绝签署与欧盟加强经贸与政治关系的协定后的最新抗议活动。美国国会议员约翰·麦凯恩在表达了华盛顿的支持后赢得了在场人群的欢呼。“乌克兰与欧洲会因相互促进而变得更美好。乌克兰人民,美国支持你们。”

智利普选总统的投票已经结束。社会党候选人米歇尔·巴切莱特被视为热门人选,在首轮中她的票数距超过半数只差一步之遥。选举委员会表示,尽管两位候选人都反复呼吁人民参与投票,但实际投票人数仍然不多。

法国方面表示,弗朗索瓦·奥朗德总统将不会参加在俄国举行的2014年冬奥会开幕式,其他法国高层领导人也不会参加。法国外交部长在一次电台采访中发布了此声明,但并未详细阐明个中缘由。分析人士认为,俄罗斯总统弗拉基米尔·普金为了展示自己的国家,不惜在这场奥运会的成败上赌上个人声誉。

沙特阿拉伯一人权组织称其一名成员因倡导进一步民主化而获刑4年加300鞭刑。随着沙特政府持续针对沙特公民和政治权利协会实施打击,奥马尔•阿尔•萨义德成为该组织最新一名入狱成员。

来自BBC的世界新闻

德国总理安吉拉·默克尔任命了该国的首位女防长。乌尔苏拉· 冯·德莱恩,现任劳工部长,育有7名子女。就在左翼社会民主党投票决定与默克尔的右翼集团组成联盟政府后,默克尔总理公布了其新内阁成员。史蒂芬.埃文斯从柏林发回的报道。今天的头条可能是关于德国首位女防长乌尔苏拉· 冯·德莱恩的任命,但从政策方面来讲,其它任命或许更具意义。与其男性前任们相比,她可能更愿意让德国军队参与海外事务。在政策方面来讲,有一个大的变化,就是来自社会民主党的弗兰克 -沃尔特.施泰因迈尔担任德国新外长。尽管普遍担忧普京的人权纪录,但社会民主党依然被认为更热衷与俄罗斯达成和解。

周六,一名建筑工人在世界杯足球场的建筑工地上遇难后,巴西玛瑙城的公检院要求立即暂停世界杯足球场的建造。这名工人从30米高的房顶上坠亡。政府当局表示,此处工作环境异常危险,不能因为急于赶在明年比赛之前完工就付上工人生命的代价。
因奥斯卡获奖影片《阿拉伯的劳伦斯》而走红的男演员彼得·奥图尔去世,终年81岁。这位极具魅力且多才多艺的演员曾获八次奥斯卡提名,所提名角色从《雄霸天下》中的英国国王亨利二世到《不舒服的杰弗里·伯纳德》的酗酒记者。尽管这些提名全部落空,但他在2003年接受了奥斯卡终身成就奖,全场起立为他喝彩。“‘总是当伴娘,从未成新娘’,现在我终于有了自己的奥斯卡(奖杯),直到死亡将我们分开。”

BBC新闻。



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