【整理】VOA 2013-10-06 阿富汗5名平民被杀



2013-11-29 09:39

【整理】VOA 2013-10-06 阿富汗5名平民被杀


From Washington, this is VOA NEWS.

A suicide attack in northern Iraq kills at least twelve, and the US government shutdown up ramping up a fifth day as furloughed workers get hope of back pay. I'm Vincent Bruce reporting from Washington.

At least twelve people reportedly have been killed in Balad, an Iraqi Shi'ite town north of Baghdad in a suicide bomber attack. The attack follows an almost identical incident that killed at least sixteen people at the same cafe six weeks ago. Authorities in Balad say a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside the cafe. No one has claimed responsibility for either attack. In a separate incident on Saturday, a suicide bomber killed nearly fifty Shi'ite pilgrims who were on their way to a prominent Shi'ite shrine.

Some residents of eastern Afghanistan reportedly are angry with the United States after five civilians were killed in what Afghan officials say was a NATO air strike. Initial reports by NATO indicated there were no civilian casualties.

Federal workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown could be looking at some relief. The Republican-led US House of Representative Saturday afternoon unanimously passed a bill guaranteeing that all federal workers laid off during the government shutdown, up to 800,000 people, will eventually be paid the wages they would've earned if there were no mass furloughs. A partial US government shutdown now is near its sixth day. Congressional Democrats and Republicans differed in resolving the fiscal impacts and each side appears to believe that standing firm will cause the other to relent, thereby propagating the standoff. VOA's Michael Bowman reports from Washington.

Complicating the dispute is the fact that many Democrats and Republican lawmakers both appear to believe their stances will prevail eventually if they maintain party unity and hold out long enough. What Republicans want is to derail President Obama's signature health care law and to shrink the size of government overall. For now, President Obama and Congressional Democrats are speaking with one voice demanding an extension of government funding at reduced levels previously agreed upon. A few Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have openly questioned their party's tactics, but Republican divisions have yet to become so pronounced as to force House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on a simple bill to fund the government. Michael Bowman, VOA NEWS, the Capitol.

US President Obama says US intelligence estimates show Iran is a year or more away from building a nuclear weapon. In an interview with Associated Press, Mr.Obama acknowledged that US estimates are more conservative than those of Israel which says Iran is much closer than that to building an atomic weapon. President Obama also said the world must test whether Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is serious about resolving its nuclear dispute diplomatically.

If I were the prime minister of Israel, I'd be very wary as well of any kind of talk from the Iranians. But what I said to Prime Minister Netanyahu is that the entire point of our setting up sanctions and putting pressure on the Iranian economy was to bring them to the table in a serious way to see if we can resolve this issue diplomatically and we're gonna to test that.

A Kenyan military spokesman has confirmed the names of four men, he says, took apart in last month's deadly Islamist militant attack on a shopping mall in Kenya. He says all four died in a raid.

Officials in southern Somalia say foreign troops staged a pre-dawn attack today on an announced al-Shabab safe house. Sources told VOA that a top al-Qaeda militant working with al-Shabab was the target of the attack in the militant controlled town of Barawe, 250 kilometers south of the capital Mogadishu.

Police in the US capital say a man who set himself on fire Friday on the National Mall has died of his injuries. A Washington police spokesman said the man died Friday night at a local hospital just hours after witnesses say he doused himself with gasoline and set himself ablaze. His identity is not known nor what was his motive for setting himself a fire.

In an interview with Associated Press today, US President Obama said he believes an agreement could be reached quickly to allow an end to the partial government shutdown. Here is his comments.

We can vote to open the government today. We know that there are enough members in the House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans who are prepared to vote to reopen the government today. The only thing that is keeping that from happening is Speaker Boehner has made a decision that he's gonna to hold out to see if he can get additional concessions from us. And what I've said to him is we are happy to negotiate on anything.












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