BBC英语新闻:2015-05-05 尼泊尔遭强地震 受灾情况严重

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BBC news with Marion Marshall.

A BBC reporter has reached a remote Himalayan village in Nepal that was almost completely destroyed by last month's earthquake. Nantan village was engulfed by a landslide and avalanche. More than 300 people are thought to have been killed, about half of them foreign tourists. Rescuers say it could be weeks before all the bodies are recovered. Justin Roland visited the village by helicopter with Gergus from the British army."Nantan village was one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal and home to 435 people. But there is virtually nothing left. The earthquake caused a massive avalanche and a landslide. It's hard to believe, but 55 hotels and guesthouses and the villagers' homes are gone under this great town of ice and rock."

One of two gunmen shot dead as they attacked a contest to draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed in Texas has been identified as a previous terrorism suspect. Quoting law-enforcement officials, US newspaper said Elton Simpson was suspected to trying to fly overseas to wage holy war. They said he shared an apartment in Arizona with the other gunmen identified as Nadir Soofi. Police would only say they were confident that they knew who the attackers were. Joe Harn is a spokesman for the local police department."We are not releasing any names. At some point there will be but we are not releasing any names at this step. This is not going to a real fast investigation. We've got our suspects, we continue to monitor social media and gather other detail to make sure they were not getting any threats."

The founder of France's far-right National Front Jean-Marie Le Pen has been suspended from the party who claiming the Holocaust was a detail of history. The decision was made at a meeting chaired by the party leader is daughter Marine Le Pen. Hugh Schofield is in Paris."Jean-Marie Le Pen found himself suspended though not dismissed from membership of the National Front, pending an extraordinary party congress which will be held within 3 months. The aim of the congress will be to rewrite the party's statue and thereby declare Jean-Marie Le Pen no longer honorary president. Marine Le Pen is bent on making her party respectable and finds her father's continually provocative interventions before the press to be in a growing hindrance. Though she must know that left isolated and outside of the party, he'll retain the capacity and possibility the will to inflict more damage."

At least 3 people have been killed during clashes between the police and protesters in the Burundian capital Bujumbura. Police fired live rounds as the demonstrators threw stones and grenades. The Red Cross said 45 civilians were wounded. The demonstrators are angry at president Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to stand for a third term. You are listening to the latest world news from the BBC.

United Nations has strongly urged the Saudi-led coalition attacking Houthi rebels in Yemen to stop bombing Sanaa international airport. The UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen said the airport was a vital lifeline for delivering aid and evacuating the wounded. He said the runways were so badly damaged that no flights were possible until they were repaired.

Senegal says it's sending more than 2,000 troops to support the coalition fighting the Houthis following a request from Saudi Arabia last month. The west African country is the first Sub-saharan and none-Arab nation to contribute troops directly to the conflict.

A signed first edition of the novel 100 Year of Solitude by the late author, Gabriel Garcia Marcus has been stolen in Columbia. The book is estimated to be worth 60,000 dollars. But its owner says that for him, it's priceless. Gabriel Garcia Marcus, won the Nobel prize for literature in 1982. Our America's editor Candace Piette reports."The book was on display in a pavilion at the international book fare in Bogota. The fare this year is dedicated to the work of Garcia Marcus who died last year at the age of 87. A spokesman for Colombian association of independent bookshops who is responsible for the pavilion said the thieves had opened the cabinet very quickly despite the presence of 20 employees and 2 security guards."

A report by the campaign group Save The Children has highlighted the high maternal death rate in the United States compared to other developed countries. It found that an American woman was on average 10 times more likely to die in pregnancy or while giving birth than her counterparts in Poland, Austria or Belarus. The Save The Children report stresses the huge health divide between rich and poor in the world's big cities. But it also praises the success in reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in capitals including Kampala, Addis Ababa and Manila. BBC news.

Key Phrases/Words

1. engulfed v. 吞没, 吞食, 包住, 狼吞虎咽

2. avalanche v/n. 雪崩

1. wage v. 实行,进行,作(战等)

2. monitor v. 监督,监控,监听,搜集

3. far-right adj. 极右派的,极端保守主义的

4. honorary adj/n. 荣誉的,光荣的,名誉的,名誉上的

5. provocative adj. 挑衅的,刺激性的

6. hindrance  n. 妨害,障碍,障碍物,起妨碍作用的人

7. demonstrator n. 游行示威者; 证明者

8. grenade n. <军>手榴弹, 催泪弹

9. vital lifeline 重要生命线,至关重要的交通线

10. troop n. 军队,一群

11. pavilion n. 亭,阁楼

12. cabinet n. 内阁,柜橱 ,陈列室

13. maternal death [医] 孕产妇死亡

14. pregnancy n. 怀孕,妊娠

15. counterpart n. 相对物, 极相似的人或物