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Chad says its army has killed one of the most senior Islamist militants in North Africa Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Moktar Belmoktar was at one point a leading figure in the North African militant group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Tomas Fessy reports
乍得称其军队杀死了伊斯兰武装分子驻北非最资深成员Moktar Belmoktar，此人曾是北非武装组织基地组织驻马格利布的最高领袖。Tomas Fessy报道。
The deputy chief of the staff for the Chadian army, General Zacharia Gobongue announce in state television that Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed on Saturday during a military operation in Mali's far north. Chadian troops have totally destroyed the main Jihadist base, General Gobongue said, in the mountain’s border in Algeria. He said several other fighters were killed in the attack while dozens of vehicles, weapons and equipments were seized. Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for the attack on a gas facility earlier this year in which foreign workers have been killed.
乍得军队副参谋长Zakaria Gobongue将军在国家电视台宣告Moktar Belmoktar周六在马里最北部的军事行动中被杀的。Gobongue将军将军说，乍得军队在阿尔及利亚接壤处山区彻底摧毁了圣战组织基地。他说还有其他几名武装分子也被杀，还擒获几十辆汽车、武器和装备。Mokhtar Belmokhtar曾表示对年初导致外国人丧生的气田袭击负责。
Airborne troops in the international mission in southern Afghanistan have shot dead two Afghan shepherd boys both under the age of seven. The governor of Oruzgan province said Australian soldiers had killed them by mistake. A Nato-led force said a coalition helicopter had opened fire on them during an operation against the Taliban on Thursday. Nato officials called it a tragedy.
Massed rallies have been taken place across Portugal to demonstrate against the government’s austerity measures. At one rally in the capital Lisbon, students and teachers gathered in front of the Education Ministry to protest against education cuts.
The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the Egyptian government and opposition to overcome their differences on the latest state of his first foreign tour. Mr. Kerry told business leaders in Cairo that in order to get the economy back on its feet, it was vital to establish a sense of security. He made the remarks as protests continued in a number of Egyptian cities.
“The best way to ensure human rights and strong political checks and balances in any democracy, in Egypt just like in the United States is through the broadest possible political and economic participation. Getting there requires a genuine give and take among Egypt’s political leaders and civil society groups just as we are continuing the struggle in our own country.”
Thousands of people in Zimbabwe have attended the birthday party of the president Robert Mugabe. The cake was said to weigh 89 kilogram matching the president’s age. Special gold coins were minted to mark the occasion. Reports say the party costs some 600,000 dollars. In his birthday speech, Mr. Mugabe denied he’d launched the campaign of violence to intimidate political rivals. Mr. Mugabe, who is been in power for more than 30 years, will contest the presidential election later this year.
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The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been granted more time to try to form a coalition government, five weeks after a general election failed to produce a decisive result. President Shimon Peres gave Mr. Netanyahu another two weeks saying democracy takes effort. Mr. Netanyahu complained that some potential partners were boycotting others. From Jerusalem, Yolande Knell
In a televised address, Mr. Netanyahu indirectly referred to how the second and third biggest parties were driving a hard bargain. Centrist Yesh Atid and the far-right Jewish Home are refusing to enter a coalition with ultra-Orthodox parties who would oppose their efforts to end military draft exemptions for students at religious seminaries. If the prime minister can’t muster a parliamentary majority by the 16th of March, President Peres could ask another politician to try. However, most analysts still expect Mr. Netanyahu to meet his deadline.
At least 20 people have been injured in Macedonia when police clashed with members of the country’s ethnic Albanian minority in the capital Skopje. Correspondents say the protest came in response to violence on Friday following a demonstration held in protest against the appointment of a former guerrilla leader as defense minister. They say many Macedonians oppose the appointment of Talat Xhaferi, a former leader of a militia that fought for the rights of Macedonia’s ethnic Albanian minority more than ten years ago.
Police in Brazil are investigating the appearance of two alleged human skulls in the center of San Paulo. One of them was left in Avenida Paulista buidling - one of the most expensive addresses in the Brazilian financial capital. CCTV images reported show a woman placing the scull by the front door and leaving. The other scull was left in a bag a week ago next to a building designed by Brazil's most famous architect Oscar Niemeyer. Investigors have yet to established any connection between the two cases.
1.seize vt. 抓住；夺取；理解；逮捕
All the soldiers were ordered to go in and seize the city.
2.shepherd n. 牧羊人；牧师；指导者
The shepherd is whacking up the cattle.
3.check and balance 分权制衡 （西方政治结构权力制衡机制）
It means executive authority – presidential powers – and checks and balance institutions, like legislative councils, supreme audit institutions or a free press, as well as administrative systems.
4.give and take 平等交换；交换意见；互相迁就
Developing and maintaining healthy friendships involves give and take.
5.mint vt. 铸造，铸币
The mint is coining pennies.
6.muster vt. 召集；对…进行点名；使振作
Muster all the students you can find.
7.seminary n. 神学院；学校；发源地；高级中学
Jealousy and resentment are not strangers to seminaries any more than they are to secular institutions.
8.skull n. 头盖骨，脑壳
He whomped the ruffian on the skull.
1.Moktar Belmoktar was at one point a leading figure in the North African militant group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
at one point 一度；在某处；在某一时刻
He became very depressed and even got suicidal at one point.
At one point he was in danger of being lynched.
2.Correspondents say the protest came in response to violence on Friday following a demonstration held in protest against the appointment of a former guerrilla leader as defense minister.
in response to 响应；回答；对…有反应
She laughed in response to his jokes.
The quick recovery was truly in response to medication.