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From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Dave DeForest reporting.
The American defense chief calls for more effort from the Iraqis: U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is calling on Iraq to make a greater commitment to fight the Islamic State. Carter said the Iraqis have failed to recruit enough ground troops to fight the militants that have taken over large parts of the country.
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have added another weapon to their arsenal. The latest weapons are called "elephant rockets," named after the noise they make in flight. According to political activists at least two dozen civilians were killed Tuesday in a Damascus suburb by the rockets.
Swiss prosecutors are investigating 53 possible money-laundering incidents involving the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup tournaments. Swiss attorney-general Michael Lauber told reporters he does not rule out interviewing FIFA presidentSepp Blatter.
"By definition, this does not exclude interviewing the president of FIFA. And this does not exclude interviewing the secretary-general of FIFA."
The Swiss investigation has been looking into allegations of mismanagement and money laundering connected to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively.
Human Rights Watch says authorities from the internationally recognized government in Libya are responsible for abusing detainees. It accused the government of forcing confessions, not providing medical care and denying due process. The group issued a statement detailing the accusations based on what it said were visits to three detention centers in eastern Libya controlled by the army and interior ministry in January and April. This is VOA news.
The Greek central bank has warned that a failure to reach a bailout agreement with its international creditors will result in a recession, a decline in income levels, and possibly even a withdrawal from the Eurozone. The central bank issued its statement Wednesday, a day before Eurozone finance ministers meet to discuss how to get more emergency funds to Greece by June 30. That is the date that Greece is obligated to pay $1.8 billion to the International Monetary Fund.
Top officials of the U.S. central bank say economic growth has recovered from a slump in the first few months of this year. They say it is strong enough to warrant raising interest rates in the future. The Federal Reserve left interest rates steady at the record-low level where they have been since the financial crisis.
The Dominican Republic has set midnight Wednesday as the deadline for a new immigration law that could result in the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Haitian immigrants and those of Haitian descent. It accuses the immigrants of living in the country illegally.
The U.N peacekeeping chief…U.N.'s peacekeeping chief expressed his frustration with South Sudan's leaders on Wednesday. Margaret Besheer reports.
"Hervé Ladsous laid out to the U.N. Security Council the problems that his 12,000 troops, police and civilian personnel in South Sudan have been experiencing because of the government's ongoing lack of cooperation. 'We needed attack helicopters--request denied. We needed UAV's--request denied by the president to me, personally, three times last year.' Ladsous said the mission's movements have also been restricted. Also troubling, the South Sudan government is finding new ways to harass and intimidate mission personnel. Margaret Besheer, the United Nations."
Pakistan's army chief visited Russia this week amid warming relations between the two countries. Ayesha Tanzeem reports.
"Pakistan's army chief Raheel Sharif met the top Russian civil and military leadership this week during a three day trip to Moscow. During the next few weeks, Pakistan's prime minister is also expected to travel to Russia for a multilateral conference. Relations between the two cold war rival states have never been better, according to Pakistan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi. 'In the last two years, we have had more high level visits between the two countries than in the past many years.' The two countries have announced plans to hold their first joint military exercise. Ayesha Tanzeem, Islamabad."
Uganda's Electoral Commission is warning all political parties and civil society groups that they would be flouting the country's electoral laws if they engage in early political campaigns. Electoral Commission spokesman Jotham Taremwa said anyone posing as a candidate ahead of the nominating process is "out of order."
I’m Dave DeForest. That’s the latest world news from VOA.
1. money-laundering 洗黑钱
2. rule out 宣布…不可能，排除…的可能性
3. exclude v. 排斥，排除，不包括
4. mismanagement n. 管理不善，经营不当，处置失当
5. detainees n. 被拘留者( detainee的名词复数 )
6. bailout n. 紧急援助，抽资
7. recession n. 经济衰退，不景气
8. slump v/n. 大幅度下降，暴跌
9. financial crisis 金融危机
10. expulsion n. 驱逐，开除， 排出
11. peacekeeping adj. 维护和平的，执行（或监督）停火协定的
12. harass v. [军] 扰乱，骚扰，使烦扰
13. intimidate v. 恐吓，威胁
14. amid prep. 处于…环境中（表示环境）; 由于存在…情况
15. multilateral conference 多边会议