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BBC新闻重点讲解:英国警方对报销丑闻议员进行调查

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BBC News with Roy Lamar
After Iran’s Supreme Leader declared that further post-election protests must stop, President Obama said the government in Tehran should recognize that the world is watching its actions. Ayatollah Khamenei who endorsed the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said those who continue to protest would be responsible for the consequences. Jonathan Beale reports.
President Obama continues to tread a fine line in commenting on Iran, anxious not to be seen as interfering or to fuel anti-American sentiment. In an interview with CBS, the President said the world was watching the government of Iran, perhaps his strongest warning so far, but many Republicans still believe that the President's been far too cautious. The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution, strongly condemning the ongoing violence and the Iranian government’s attempts to limit cell phone and internet use.  
In his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei criticized Western governments over their reaction to the election. He hit out what he called the arrogant powers, media leaders in the United States and some European countries, who he said had shown their true faces. He described the British government as the most evil. The British government called in Iran’s ambassador to London to explain the Ayatollah’s comments.
Police in Britain have launched a criminal investigation into the alleged misuse of expenses by a number of members of Parliament. The ongoing issue has tainted the reputation of Parliament and led to a series of resignations. Nick Childs reports.
After an assessment by senior detectives and prosecutors, it’s been decided that full police inquiries are necessary into the alleged misuse of expenses by a small number of MPs, and members of the House of Lords. Over recent weeks, a flood of leaks has produced a torrent of allegations, some clearly more serious than others. A significant number of MPs have already said they will step down, and a number of ministerial careers have also in fact been ruined.  But this is a significant new twist in the saga.
The US Defense Department has said at least 26 Afghan civilians were killed in a series of controversial airstrikes in May but acknowledged that the figure could be higher. However the Pentagon said in a report the airstrikes were justified. Here is James Coomarasamy.
Released late on a Friday afternoon, the Pentagon report into the incident finds that the civilian deaths were probably the result of three night-time raids by a B-1 bomber. It says that the strikes on the Farah Province in Western Afghanistan on May 4th were justified but that they didn’t follow the US military strict guidelines. Afghan officials have claimed that 140 people died in the incident which has heightened tensions between the US and Afghan governments. The Pentagon says that at least 26 civilians were killed but adds that the true figure could well be much higher and may probably never be known.
BBC World news
The American financier Allen Stanford has been indicted on charges of fraud and obstruction of justice. Documents by the US Department of Justice alleged that he and four others were involved in a seven-billion-dollar scheme to defraud investors. A court in Virginia ordered Mr. Stanford to be held for a detention hearing which will take place in Texas, his home state. His lawyer said Mr. Stanford was confident that he would be found not guilty if he got a fair trial.
The UN says cultivation of coca leaves and production of cocaine in Columbia have dropped sharply over the past year. But production rose in Peru and Bolivia. The UN said the decline in Columbia was caused mainly by the authorities’ destruction of plants by hand rather than by aerial spray. The UN anti-drugs agency said it was a remarkable achievement but more development aid was needed in the Andean countries to give coca farmers alternative sources of income.
The world number one tennis player Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Wimbledon Championships due to a recurring knee injury. The Spaniard is the first reigning Wimbledon Men’s Champion to not defend the title in seven years. There had been doubts about Nadal’s fitness ever since his shock defeat three weeks ago in the French Open which he’d been the firm favorite to win. James Peel has more.
Rafael Nadal played a practice match this afternoon. I watched him and it was clear that even though his injury was improving, he still wasn’t a 100% fit. For a man who is world No.1 and strives for perfection, that simply wasn’t good enough. Two hours later, he announced that he would not defend his Wimbledon title.
Sri Lanka’s cricketers have reached the final of the World Twenty 20 competition. They beat the West Indies by 57 runs at The Oval in London, thanks largely to an innings of 96 not out by Dilshan. They will take on Pakistan in the final on Sunday.

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伊朗最高领袖宣布进一步的选举后抗议活动必须马上停止之后,奥巴马总统称,伊朗政府应该意识到,全世界都在观察其举动。阿亚图拉•哈梅内伊支持伊朗总统艾哈迈迪-内贾德再次当选,称继续抗议的人将为引发的后果负责。Jonathan Beale 报道。
奥巴马总统在评论伊朗形势方面仍然言辞谨慎,尽量不被认为干涉伊朗内政或增加反美情绪。在CBS的采访中,奥巴马总统称,世界人民都在观察伊朗政府的举动,或许这是他目前为止强烈的警告,但是许多共和党人士仍然相信总统太过谨慎。美国众议院代表通过决议,强烈谴责正在进行的暴力活动和伊朗政府企图限制手机和网络使用的行为。
在讲话中,阿亚图拉•哈梅内伊批评西方政府对其选举的反应。他抨击了他所称的美国和一些欧洲国家傲慢自大的强权和媒体领导。他说,这显示了他们的真面目。他说,英国政府是最邪恶的。英国政府要求伊朗驻伦敦大使对哈梅内伊待言论作出解释。
英国警方开始对一些议员的滥用费用行为进行刑事调查。仍在继续的报销丑闻玷污了议会的声誉,引发了一些列的辞职事件。Nick Childs报道。
在资深侦探和追诉者作出评估之后,最终决定由必要对一部分议员和上院成员的滥用费用行为进行全面的警方调查。在最近几周,报销丑闻犹如开闸的洪水,一个比一个严重。相当大部分议员已经宣布将辞职,一部分人的部长生涯也被毁坏。但是这也算是“英雄事迹”了。
美国国防部宣布,至少26名阿富汗平民在五月份的一些列空袭中被杀害,但是他们承认实际数字可能更高。然而,五角大楼在一份报告中称,空袭活动是完全合理的。以下是James Coomarasamy的报道。
周五下午五角大楼发布对事件的报告。报告称,平民伤亡可能由三次B-1夜间袭击造成。据称,5月4日对阿富汗西部法拉赫省的袭击是合理的,但是他们没有遵循美国军队的严格方针。阿富汗官员称有140人在袭击事件中死亡,这增加了美国和阿富汗政府之间的紧张形势。五角大楼称,至少26名平民在袭击中身亡,但是补充说,实际数字可能高的多,也有可能永远都不会知道。
BBC世界新闻。
美国亿万富翁艾伦·斯坦福(Allen Stanford)被指控诈骗和妨碍司法。美国司法部文件称,他和其他四人卷入70亿美元欺骗投资者的项目中。佛吉尼亚法庭命令将斯坦福暂时关押,等待随后在得克萨斯州进行的听证会。其律师称,斯坦福相信,如果能够得到公平的审判,最终将会无罪释放。
联合国称,哥伦比亚可可叶的种植和可卡因的产量在过去的一年严重下降。但是秘鲁和玻利维亚的产量有所增加。联合国称,哥伦比亚产量的降低主要是由于官方毁灭徒手种植而不是空中喷洒的作物。联合国反毒品机构称这是显著的成果,但是安达斯国家需要更多的发展援助来给予可可农民其他的收入来源。
世界排名第一的网球选手纳达尔由于膝伤未能痊愈退出下周的温布尔登公开赛。他是七年来第一个统治温网男子冠军的人。自从三周前纳达尔在法国公开赛中受伤以来,人们一直对他的健康状况持有疑问。原本他是当之无愧的冠军。James Peel报道更详细的信息。
纳达尔今天下午参加了热身赛。我观看了他的表现,很明显,虽然伤势有所好转,他仍然不能达到100%的状态。对于一个世界排名第一并且追求完美的人来说,这肯定还不够好。两小时之后,他宣布他不会护卫自己温网冠军的称号。
斯里兰卡板球运动员已经到达World Twenty决赛。他们在伦敦The Oval击败西印度群岛。在周五的决赛中他们将对垒巴基斯坦队。
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1.endorse vt.支持, 赞同, 背书于, 签署
例句:I fully agree with and endorse this report.
      我完全同意并拥护这个报告。
2.consequence n.结果, 重要性【法】结果, 后果, 推断
例句:I had no time to deliberate what the consequence would be.
      我没时间仔细考虑结果会怎么样。
3.anxious a.忧虑的, 发愁的, 渴望的
例句:I'm really anxious now why they haven't arrived yet.
      我现在非常担心,不知道他们为什么还没到。
4.cautious a.谨慎的, 小心的
例句:To ensure a healthy development of the reforms, we should be very cautious, for they are still at the exploratory       stage.
      改革还处在探索阶段,要摸着石头过河,使其健康发展。
5.ongoing a.前进的, 进行的, 不间断的
例句:The possibility for stress in tone languages is an area of ongoing research.
      声调语言中是否可用重读音仍处于研究阶段。
6.taint vt.污染, 使腐败, 沾染, 腐蚀
7.reputation n.名誉, 名声, 声望
例句:This woman moved to another city, trying to get rid of her bad reputation.
       这个女人搬到另一个城市,试图摆脱自己的坏名声。
8.controversial a.争论的, 论争的, 被议论的
例句:Nowadays, tobacco advertisements are more and more controversial.
      现在烟草广告越来越具有争议性。  
9.heighten v.增高, 提高, 加强
例句:The policy of taking full responsibility for a task helps to heighten the farmers' enthusiasm.
      实行大包干儿,有利于提高农民生产积极性。
10.defraud vt.欺骗
例句:His purpose of disguising himself as a wizard is to defraud people of their money.
      他扮成神汉的目的就是为了骗取钱财。
11.remarkable a.不平常的, 值得注意的, 显著的
例句:His ability to remember trivia is particularly remarkable.
      他记住琐事的能力真是无与伦比。
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1.President Obama continues to tread a fine line in commenting on Iran, anxious not to be seen as interfering or to fuel anti-American sentiment.
tread a fine line.tread是踏, 行走, 踩碎, 践踏的意思。tread a fine line指的是小心翼翼,有点不敢越雷池一步的意思。
2. He hit out what he called the arrogant powers, media leaders in the United States and some European countries, who he said had shown their true faces.
hit out猛打,抨击
例句:The Prime Minister hit out at his colleagues.
      首相猛烈抨击他的同事。
3.A significant number of MPs have already said they will step down, and a number of ministerial careers have also in fact been ruined.
step down走下, 逐步减低, 辞职, 下台
例句:Pressure mounts on Japan PM Mori to step down.
      要求日相森喜朗下台压力日渐升高。
4.The world number one tennis player Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Wimbledon Championships due to a recurring knee injury.

pull out拔出, 离开, (使)渡过难关, (使)恢复健康
例句:Our Australian partner pull out of the contract.
      我们澳大利亚合伙人退了合同。
5.They beat the West Indies by 57 runs at The Oval in London, thanks largely to an innings of 96 not out by Dilshan.
thanks to由于
例句:Thanks to his hands, everything seems to come alive.
       幸亏他的帮忙,一切都似乎有了好转。
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1.Released late on a Friday afternoon, the Pentagon report into the incident finds that the civilian deaths were probably the result of three night-time raids by a B-1 bomber.
参考翻译:周五下午五角大楼发布对事件的报告。报告称,平民伤亡可能由三次B-1夜间袭击造成。
结构分析:这句话的主干是:The Pentagon report finds……后面是宾语从句。Released late on a Friday afternoon是过去分子短语作定语,修饰report.that引导宾语从句。The result of……是……导致的结果,后面跟的是造成事实的原因。相反,result in是导致什么结果产生,后面跟的是结果。
2.The Spaniard is the first reigning Wimbledon Men’s Champion to not defend the title in seven years. There had been doubts about Nadal’s fitness ever since his shock defeat three weeks ago in the French Open which he’d been the firm favorite to win.
参考翻译:他是七年来第一个统治温网男子冠军的人。自从三周前纳达尔在法国公开赛中受伤以来,人们一直对他的健康状况持有疑问。原本他是法网公开赛当之无愧的冠军。
结构分析:The first to do sth做某事的第一个人。
后面一句话的主干是:There had been doubts about Nadal’s fitness。ever since……是状语。which he’d been……是定语从句,修饰 French Open。
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