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BBC新闻讲解附字幕:香港游客在菲律宾遇难(2010-08-26)

发表时间:2010-08-26内容来源:VOA英语学习网
BBC news with David Austin. Eight tourists from Hong Kong have been killed during a hijacking of a bus in the Philippine capital Manila. Seven others are being treated in hospital. The hostage taker, a disgruntled former policeman armed with an assault rifle, was killed by police during a 9-hour siege shown live on TV. Hong Kong’s chief executive Donald Tsang gave his reaction. "This is a major tragedy, disappointing that Hong Kong residents trying to make a pleasure trip to Manila ended up with deaths and casualties. This is very tragic, and the way it is handled, the particularly the way of the outcome, I find it is disappointing." Rescue workers in Chile say the 33 miners who’ve been trapped underground for 18 days are in good health, but have yet to be told that it could take months until they are rescued. A special drill is being sent to the copper and gold mine in northern Chile to dig a new shaft and get the miners to safety. This is still expected to take at least two months. The United Nations in Pakistan has desCRIbed the humanitarian situation caused by the floods there as “CRItical”. Government officials in the southern province of Sindh say over 80% of those affected have fled their homes. The Indus River outside Hyderabad is at its highest for over 50 years. The International Monetary Fund says everyone in Pakistan will suffer. Masood Ahmed is the Fund’s regional director. "A third of the cotton crop is likely to be affected this year, and cotton directly affected the farmers, but then the textile industry, which is a big part of the industrial sector in Pakistan, and that means banks are going to be affected because they’ve been making loans to industries. So this is going to have a ripple effect through the economy, and essentially the task will shift from the relief and rehabilitation to recovery and reconstruction." Intelligence officials in Pakistan say a US drone attack in the northwest of the country has killed at least 12 people including suspected militants. The strike in the North Waziristan region also hit a house nearby. Tiger Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren have divorced, following revelations that the world’s No.1 golfer engaged in a string of affairs. Steve Kingstone reports. A short written statement confirmed that Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have divorced at a Florida court house and would now share the parenting of their two children, aged 3 and 1. Appealing for privacy, the couple wished each other all the best for the future. Details of the financial settlement have not been disclosed, but US media reports suggest the former Mrs Woods is walking away with well over $100 million. The agreement is almost certain to have included a secrecy clause surrounding the circumstances leading to the car crash outside their Florida home, which left Tiger Woods seriously injured and after which he publicly confessed to serial infidelity. World news from the BBC. A district court in the United States has blocked plans by the Obama administration to increase funding for research into embryonic stem cells. The judge who granted the injunction, Judge Royce Lamberth, said in his ruling that a lawsuit brought against new stem cell guidelines was valid and could now go ahead. A new compensation fund for people affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has begun operating. Although paid for by the oil company BP, the $20-billion fund will be administered independently by Kenneth Feinberg, who ran a compensation fund for 9/11 victims. But some of the rules he plans to set have already been CRIticised, as our economics correspondent Andrew Walker explains. After six months, claims to the fund will have to renounce any right to sue BP in the courts. Others are concerned by reports that the fund will look at the last few years of profits in judging the level of compensation. Many fishing businesses, for example, have been rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and one told the BBC he hadn’t been making normal profits before this year. He feared his compensation could be lower as a result. Mr Feinberg will certainly have a difficult task. He’ll need to make judgments about whether business problems really are the result of the spill, and there’s a risk of fraudulent claims. Police in Mexico say they’ve found at least 19 bodies in an abandoned mine shaft in Hidalgo, near Mexico City. The security forces said they found the decomposing remains after a tip-off from two alleged members of a drug cartel that they’d arrested on Friday. The Egyptian authorities have arrested the deputy culture minister and four security guards in connection with the theft of a painting by Vincent van Gogh from a Cairo museum. The deputy minister was arrested on suspicion of negligence, but was not formally charged. Prosecutors said he failed to replace broken surveillance cameras despite having the budget to do so. And that’s the latest BBC news. 来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.tingvoa.com/html/20100826/25782.html
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