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From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Dave DeForest reporting.

Talks on Syria to begin: U.N. envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura says talks between representatives of the Syrian government and opposition members will begin in Geneva on Friday.
"We are going to aim at proximity talks, starting on the 29th and ongoing for six months on a staggered, chronological proximity approach."  
He did not specify who was invited.

 Libya's internationally-recognized parliament in Tobruk voted overwhelmingly Monday not to approve the new 32-member U.N.-sponsored "national unity" government.  Edward Yeranian reports.

"Members of Libya's Tobruk-based parliament, one of two legislative bodies vying for power in the country, applauded after voting against the recently named 32-minister government of U.N.-appointed Prime Minister Fayez Saraj.   Eighty nine MP's called for Saraj to appoint a smaller 17-member Cabinet, instead, within the next 10 days. Arab media reported the parliamentarians did approve Saraj's nomination for prime minister, as well as the "governing council," stipulated in the U.N.-backed Skeirat national unity accord. Edward Yeranian, Cairo."

 The U.S. is stepping up efforts to help Laos deal with such problems as hunger, the existence of unexploded bombs and the need to provide access to technology in some areas. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the efforts during a Monday visit to Vientiane. He also held talks to lay the groundwork for a special ASEAN summit next month in California.

This is VOA news.
Suicide bombers Monday struck the town of Bodoon the Nigeria-Cameroon border. The blasts killed at least 25 people and wounded many others.  Officials say up to four bombers blew themselves up in the town, located in an area frequently targeted by Boko Haram militants. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

 In the U-S presidential race, the latest opinion polls indicate Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are nearly tied in the state of Iowa.  On February 1 Iowa will hold neighborhood meetings to begin the process of choosing delegates who will participate in nominating conventions next summer. On the Republican side, businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz are far ahead of the rest of the field of 12 candidates in Iowa.  Opinion polls give Trump the edge.

 The European Union police agency issued a report Monday saying the Islamic State and other militant groups are likely to carry out large scale attacks in Europe.  Europol says Europe is facing the most significant terrorist threat in over 10 years. The report says "the attacks will be primarily directed at soft targets," because of the impact it generates. " Europol is also launching a new European Counter Terrorism Center, based in The Netherlands.

A senior U.S. Treasury official is accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of corruption.  Adam Szubin, who oversees U.S. Treasury sanctions, says the Kremlin leader used his position to enrich his friends and allies at the expense of others. Szubin makes the accusation in a BBC documentary scheduled for broadcast Monday evening. In the broadcast, he says the U.S. government has known of Mr. Putin's corruption for "many, many years."

A rare blast of winter weather has paralyzed much of eastern Asia, with temperatures falling to record lows in places accustomed to much warmer conditions. A combination of snow, sleet and winds forced officials to cancel hundreds of flights and shut down schools.  Scores of people--many of them elderly--are reported dead from the effects of the cold weather in Taiwan and Japan.

 The American East Coast is gradually recovering from a winter storm. U.S. government offices in Washington were closed for all but emergency employees as the city clears snow covered streets.  Schools in the capital and the surrounding suburbs are closed.  Washington's subway system is partially running after being closed for two days. There was limited air service returning to Washington, New York City, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

In Washington, Im Dave DeForest. Thats the latest world news from VOA.
emergency :应急


blast :一阵(风)





accuse of:指控



Islamic State:伊斯兰国

terrorist :恐怖分子

opinion poll:民意调查


step up:加强 
ASEAN summit:东盟会议
overwhelmingly :压倒性地
vie for(文中是vying for):争夺,竞争
proximity talk:近距离间接会谈