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I'm Dave DeForest reporting.
The Senate considers a surveillance bill: The U.S. Senate has started debating whether to extend its authorization of the country's national security surveillance operation, or let it lapse at midnight when a law expires. Lawmakers gathered in Washington just hours after the U.S. intelligence chief warned that global terrorists are looking to take advantage of any halt in the spying effort.
China has strongly rejected U.S. criticism of its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea. Chinese Admiral Sun Jian-guo told a security summit in Singapore Sunday that construction work is (quoting now) "justified, legitimate and reasonable," and that the projects are for the purpose of providing (what he called) "international public services." The Chinese admiral's comments came a day after U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered a blunt rebuke to China for being "out of step" with international norms.
Burundi's president did attend Sunday’s--did not attend Sunday's emergency summit of the East African Community Heads of State on the political situation in Burundi. The summit in Dar es Salaam was scheduled to be attended by leaders from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. The president of Rwanda sent a minister to represent him at the summit, and Burundi was represented by its foreign minister. Richard Sazibera is the group's secretary-general.
"The summit calls on all parties to stop violence and exercise restraint during this period."
A spokesman for President Pierre Nkurunziza says the president is now focused on the election campaign in his country.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has cut short an international trip after breaking his leg in a bike accident outside Geneva, Switzerland. Kerry was hospitalized Sunday. The State Department said Kerry did not lose consciousness, is stable and is expected to make a full recovery.
Beau Biden, the 46-year-old former Delaware state attorney-general died Saturday of brain cancer. He was the oldest son of Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, who had served in the military in Iraq, had been receiving treatment for cancer at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Mitch McConnell is the majority leader of the Senate, where Vice President Biden is the presiding officer.
"Beau Biden was known to many as a dedicated public servant, a loving father of two and a devoted partner to the woman he loved, Haley."
Beau Biden is survived by his wife and two children.
Two British banks say they have launched an internal review into how allegedly corrupt payments were funneled through their institutions in the current football bribery scandal. Barclays and Standard Charter were among dozens of banks mentioned in the U.S. indictment last week. No banks have been charged with wrongdoing in the case. Meanwhile, British Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale is calling for the resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
"I would like to see a complete, fundamental reform of FIFA under a new leadership. That is what we have been calling for, for all these times. Greg Dyke said yesterday that he did not believe that Sepp Blatter can continue much longer. I very much hope that that is the case." John Whittingdale.
Thousands of Nepalese children, affected by last month's earthquake, have returned to class. Nepalese schools have reopened five weeks after the disaster that claimed 86-hundred lives. Geeta Rana is principal of Galaxy High School...
"We have to start. There is no choice, because education means future. If you don't start now, even it going effect their future, so that's what we planning to start the school."
School authorities said students would be encouraged to talk about the quake with teachers who have undergone training to help the children overcome the trauma and adjust to being back in class.
An Egyptian-American prisoner freed by Egypt after it jailed him for nearly two years for his alleged involvement in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has returned to the United States. Frail-looking Mohamed Soltan was embraced by relatives and friends as he arrived Saturday at Washington's Dulles International Airport. Cairo authorities forced the 27-year-old Soltan to relinquish his Egyptian citizenship before allowing him to leave Egypt. He had been on a hunger strike for more than 16 months to protest his extended detention.
From the VOA news center in Washington, I’m Dave DeForest. That’s the latest world news
security summit 安全峰会
emergency summit 紧急峰会
bribery scandal 受贿丑闻
quake v. 发抖，颤抖，摇动，地震（口语）
trauma n. 损伤，创伤（由心理创伤造成精神上的异常），痛苦经历，挫折
outlaw v. 宣布…为不合法
relinquish v. 放弃， 让出（权利，财产等）
hunger strike n. 表示抗议的绝食