VOA新闻:2015-02-10 美德仍试图以外交方式解决乌克兰危机



2015-3-25 13:22

VOA新闻:2015-02-10 美德仍试图以外交方式解决乌克兰危机


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I'm Ray Kouguell reporting.

US and Germany still push for diplomacy in the Ukraine crisis.

President Barack Obama says that providing Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons in its fight against Russia-backed separatists remains an option, but no decision has yet been made. Speaking during a joint news conference at the White House Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr. Obama said they continue to seek a diplomatic answer:

"My hope is that through these diplomatic efforts those costs have become high enough that Mr. Putin's preferred option is for a diplomatic resolution and I won't pre-judge whether or not they'll be successful."

President Obama says Russia is continuing its "aggression" against Ukraine, sending in tanks and artillery to support separatists in violation of last September's cease-fire agreement. The European Union decided Monday to delay imposing sanctions on additional Ukrainian separatists and Russians to await the outcome of a four-nation summit on the Ukraine conflict Wednesday in Minsk.

Nigeria's Boko Haram militants launched new attacks in Niger and Cameroon on Monday as the group's leader vowed to defeat soldiers fighting the group. Witnesses say Boko Haram gunmen attacked a prison in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa but were driven back by Niger's army. There was no word on casualties or whether any prisoners escaped. Reports from northern Cameroon said militants had seized a bus with at least 18 people on board.

Egypt suspended all major football games in the country and ordered an investigation into a violent clash in a Cairo suburb between security forces and football fans that left more than 20 people dead. Sunday's violence broke out when police fired tear gas and birdshot into a corridor of fans trying to get into Air Defense stadium.

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A pair of bombings killed at least 15 people in and near Iraq's capital on Monday including a suicide blast in a mainly Shi'ite section of Baghdad. There's been no claim of responsibility.

U.N.-brokered talks aimed at resolving the political crisis in Yemen resumed Monday, but two parties promptly walked out. Islah, an opposition party merging Islamist and tribal interests, and the smaller pan-Arab Nasserist Organization, quit the talks saying they had been threatened by a Houthi representative.

The negotiations are aimed at resolving the political crisis in the volatile Arabian Peninsula state. Shi'ite Houthis captured the capital last September and took over the government last week, dissolved parliament and forced the ouster of Western-backed President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

International donors at a conference in Nairobi have pledged an additional 529 million dollars toward humanitarian relief in war-torn South Sudan. VOA's Gabe Joselow has details:

“U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told reporters Monday that pledges made at the conference bring the amount raised for South Sudan this year to $618 million. The sum is barely one-third of the $1.8 billion the U.N. has requested. Amos called on the country's leaders to work toward peace:

“I have to say that we felt very strongly yesterday that if they actually went out and saw the conditions in which their people are living, it might actually mean that they would pause and think again.“

Low level fighting continues. Gabe Joselow, Nairobi.“

The Somali parliament approved a new cabinet on Monday, just hours after gunmen shot and killed one of its members. Abdullahi Qayad Barre was gunned down in the capital, Mogadishu. The attackers escaped the scene, and the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the shooting. Despite the killing, parliament met and endorsed the cabinet of Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke.

Finance ministers and central bankers from the world's 20 leading economies gathered in Istanbul Monday for the opening of a G20 meeting aimed at coordinating action to spur economic growth. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, whose country is the current G-20 Chair, expressed hope that nations would set binding national investment targets.

The Northeast United States was hit Monday with the third major snowstorm in two weeks. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings from central New York state through northern Connecticut, Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. In the New England city of Boston Massachusetts, residents woke up to as much as 30 centimeters of new snow. As of Monday, Boston had received about 1.7 meters of snow this winter, most of it in the past two weeks.

I'm Ray Kouguell in Washington.

That's the latest world news from VOA.











这一协商旨在解决动荡的阿拉伯半岛国家的政治危机。去年九月什叶派Houthi占领了首都,于上周接管政府,解散国会并强迫西方国家支持的总统Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi下台。

来自世界各国的捐助者在内罗毕的会议上承诺会再额外捐赠5.29亿美元人道主义援助给饱受战乱蹂踏的南苏丹。VOA的Gabe Joselow带来详细报道:

“联合国人道主义事物负责人Valerie Amos于周一告诉记者,在这次会议上众人的承诺使今年为南苏丹筹集的捐款总额达到6.18亿美元。但这一数额还不到联合国目标金额18亿美元的1/3。Amos呼吁南苏丹领导人为和平精诚合作:


低空袭击依然持续着。Gabe Joselow内罗毕报道。“


来自20个世界经济强国的财务部部长和央行行长于周一齐聚伊斯坦布尔出席20国集团峰会的开幕仪式。本次峰会的主题是协调一致刺激经济增长。轮值国土耳其的副总理Ali Babacan表示他希望各国制定具有约束力的国家投资目标。


Ray Kouguell华盛顿报道。


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