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新闻万花筒:BBC视角之普京亲承有预谋性的吞兵克里米亚

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BBC News with Jerry Smit.

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has admitted, for the first time, that he ordered the annexation of the Ukrainian province of Crimea weeks before paramilitaries took power there. His comments featured in a trailer for a documentary to be shown on state-run television. Sarah Rainsford reports from Moscow.

Crimea, the path to the motherland, coming soon on Russian State Television. It sounds and looks like the trailer for an action film, a hero here on screen is Vladimir Putin. Revealing the truth now seems like defiance, but it does cast even stronger doubt than ever over his claims that the fighting in eastern Ukraine is a popular uprising and Russia is not involved. Here, at home, though, Mr. Putin's comments are likely to play well.

The Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, says pro-Russian rebels have withdrawn a significant amount of weaponry from the frontlines in eastern Ukraine in accordance with the ceasefire deal agreed three weeks ago. In a televised interview, Mr. Poroshenko said Ukraine had managed, as he put it, to halt the offensive and drive off the aggressors.

Republican Senators in the U.S. have warned Iran that any deal on its nuclear program could be revoked once President Obama leaves office. 47 Republican Senators have signed an open letter in which they say that without Congressional approval, any deal would be nothing more than an agreement between Mr. Obama and Ayatollah Khomeini. The White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, condemned the move.

I would describe this letter as the continuation of a partisan strategy to undermine the President's ability to conduct foreign policy and advance our national security interests around the globe. The fact is we have heard Republicans now for quite some time, including the principal author of this letter, make clear that their goal was to undermine these negotiations.

A French journalist held hostage for ten months by Islamic State militants in Syria has described how he secretly wrote a children's book in captivity. Nicolas Henin told the BBC that his story, called Will Daddy Hedgehog Ever Come Home, was written on scraps of paper at night with a fellow French journalist. It grew out of a game to relieve the boredom of captivity devised by a British aid worker, David Haines, who was later killed by his captors. Mr. Henin said he was struck by how much cultural background the detainees shared with their captors.

These jihadists have little to do with the local culture, Arab or Muslim. They are children of our societies. They speak our language. They have the very same cultural reference that we have. They watch the same movies we watch. They play the same video games our kids play. They are products of our culture.

You're listening to world news from the BBC.

Sources in Mosul, the biggest city held by the Islamic State group in Iraq, have told the BBC there are noticeably fewer militants on its streets. IS has sent reinforcement south to defend Tikirt against a major government offensive.

President Obama has ordered a fresh wave of sanctions against a number of senior Venezuelan officials. They'll have their assets frozen and their visas suspended. Those targeted include the Venezuelan Intelligence Service Chief and the National Police Director. President Obama said the seven officials had been chosen because they had committed human rights abuses during opposition protests last year.

A German professor has apologised for refusing an internship to a male Indian student on the grounds that his country had a rape problem. Annette Beck-Sickinger of Leipzig University had originally told the man she did not accept any Indian male students, and that it was unbelievable that Indian society could not solve the rape issue. But Germany's own Ambassador to India was horrified. He said on Twitter that her attitude was an offence to millions of law-abiding tolerant Indians. The professor has now apologised for hurting anyone's feelings.

Apple has unveiled its latest product to the media in San Francisco. It's a smart watch that can be used to make phone calls, receive emails, play music and track health and fitness. Apple's boss is Tim Cook.

Right from your wrist, you can receive messages, and a tactic engine alerts you by tapping your wrist, so that you can read and respond that message instantly if you want. You can also, with a built-in speaker and microphone, you can receive calls on your watch. I have been wanting to do this since I was five years old. The device will go on sale next month, its price's ranging from about 350 to 10,000 dollars.

BBC News.

 

词汇解析

directly

难度:3星常用词汇,属常用6000词

英汉解释

adv.直接地;立即;正好地;完全

conj.<英>一...就...

参考例句

用作副词 (adv.)

They bought the machine directly from the manufacturer.

他们直接从厂商那里购买了这台机器。

His private actions are in direct contradiction with his publicly expressed opinions.

他私下的行为跟公开的言论完全是两码事。

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rural

难度:4星核心词汇,属常用3000词

英汉解释

adj.农村的,乡村的,田园的

参考例句

用作形容词 (adj.)

The rural scenery was so beautiful that he decided to stay one more week.

乡村风光太美了,以致于他决定再多呆一星期。

In rural Nepal, owning a book is something many women and children only dream about.

在尼泊尔的乡下,拥有一本书是许多妇女儿童只能梦想的事情。

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committee

难度:4星核心词汇,属常用3000词

英汉解释

n.委员会

参考例句

用作名词 (n.)

The committee meets at three today.

委员会今天三点开会。

Some members of the committee expressed reservations about the proposal.

委员会一些成员对这项提议持保留态度。

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limit

难度:5星基本词汇,属常用1000词

英汉解释

n.限度;限制;界限

vt.限制;限定

参考例句

用作名词 (n.)

Her ambition knows no limit.

她的野心没有限度。

用作及物动词 (vt.)

We must limit our spending.

我们必须限制我们的开支。

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deadly

难度:3星常用词汇,属常用6000词

英汉解释

adj.致命的;如死一样的

adv.非常地;如死一般地

参考例句

用作形容词 (adj.)

His face had a deadly paleness after the accident.

事故发生以后,他的脸死一般苍白。

用作副词 (adv.)

The good knub will not hurt you deadly.

良性肿瘤不会对你有致命的伤害。

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release

难度:4星核心词汇,属常用3000词

英汉解释

n.释放;让渡;发行

vt.释放;让与;准予发表;发射

参考例句

用作名词 (n.)

The prisoner was questioned before his release.

囚犯被释放之前受到了审问。

用作及物动词 (vt.)

Boeing is also developing a special carriage release system for the weapon.

波音为此也开发了特殊的对该武器的运送发射系统。

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cooperate

难度:3星常用词汇,属常用6000词

英汉解释

vi.合作;协力;配合

参考例句

用作不及物动词 (vi.)

I advise you not to cooperate with that deceitful businessman.

我建议你不要和那个不诚实的商人合作。

If they can cooperate with each other, everything should run smoothly.

如果你们能互相配合,一切都会顺利的。

 

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