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From Washington, this is VOA news.
I'm Dave DeForest reporting.
The G-7 warns Russia: Leaders from the Group of 7 leading industrialized nations say they will stiffen economic sanctions against Russia unless the Russians fully implement a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. U-S President Barack Obama says it comes down to a decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"He's got to make a decision. Does he continue to wreck his country's economy and continue Russia's isolation...wrongheaded desire to recreate the glories of the Soviet Empire..."
On another topic, Mr. Obama said the coalition fighting Islamic State does not have a "complete strategy." That because it needs more commitment and recruitment efforts from Iraq.
Turkey's president called on his country's political parties to act responsibly in the aftermath of elections Sunday that crushed his ruling majority in parliament. Dorian Jones reports.
"The Turkish president has not spoken publicly on his AK Party's setback, but, in a written statement, he declared the nation's opinion stands above all else, and that all parties should assess their situation realistically. Mr. Erdoğan's conciliatory tone was in stark contrast to his lambasting opposition parties and their leaders in the lead-up to the vote. Dorian Jones, Istanbul."
A U.N. commission today reported human rights violations have been committed under the authority of the Eritrean government. The U.N. commission of inquiry on Eritrea listed the country's president as among those mainly responsible for the abuses. The commission said it was unable to visit Eritrea and received no response from the government to its requests for information. It said Eritreans are in need of international protection. This is VOA news.
An Iranian court has resumed the espionage trial of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. Rezaian, who has denied the allegations against him, presented part of his defense Monday at a closed-door hearing at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran.
The U.N. General Assembly sharply criticized, I should say, the U.N. Secretary-General sharply criticized Israel Monday for the deaths of 557 Palestinian children, most of them during last summer's military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Margaret Besheer has more. "Israel's seven-week long war in Gaza killed over 2,200 people, mainly Palestinians. The Israel Defense Forces launched the offensive last July to cripple Hamas militants from firing rockets indiscriminately into its territory. In an earlier draft of the U.N. report written by Mr. Ban's Special Representative for Children and Conflict, Israel and Hamas were both reported to be included in the annex --which names and shames the worst violators. Neither party appeared in Monday's final report sent to members of the Security Council, which Philippe Bolopion of Human Rights Watch attributed to political pressure. Margaret Besheer, the United Nations."
President Barack Obama says the United States is going to have to be more aggressive when it comes to cybersecurity. The president refused to say who he believes is behind the recent hacking of U.S. government computers. Mr. Obama was questioned about the data breach at a news conference Monday following the G7 summit in Germany.
The U.S. Army says it temporarily took down its website after some content was compromised in a hacking incident. A group aligned with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed responsibility. The so-called Syrian Electronic Army boasted of the hack on Twitter and shared an image of an anti-U.S. message posted before the website went completely dark.
Burundi's electoral commission has recommended pushing back the dates for national elections. The National Independent Election Commission proposed that legislative elections take place June 26th, followed by the presidential election on June 15 and a senatorial vote on July 24. The proposal comes following the unrest sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that U.S. presidents, not Congress, have the "exclusive power" to recognize foreign nations. The court overturned a law that would have permitted Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace. Justices ruled 6-3 that Congress overstepped its authority when it approved the law in 2002 over the objections of then-President George W. Bush. I’m Dave DeForest in Washington. That’s the latest world news from VOA.
1. stiffen v. 变硬，（使）强硬
2. cease-fire n. 停火，停火协议
3. wrongheaded adj. 判断错误的，固执的，坚持错误的
4. call on 号召，叫，要求
5. aftermath n. 后果， 余波
6. conciliatory adj. 调和的， 安抚的，说服的
7. in stark contrast to 与…形成鲜明的对比
8. lambasting v. 不断地狠打某人，鞭打， 严厉斥责某人
9. espionage n. 间谍活动，侦察
10. closed-door adj. 关着门的，秘密的
11. cripple…from... 意为削弱…，使其不能做…
12. indiscriminately adv. 无差别，任意地，不分青红皂白地
13. cybersecurity 网络安全
14. data breach 数据泄露，资料外泄
15. hacking incident 黑客事件
16. senatorial adj. 参议院的，参议员的
17. v. 踏过，逾越，超出…的限度