美望直接与伊朗"核谈" 印轮奸案被告拒不认罪

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Vice President Joe Biden said today the United States is prepared to hold direct talks with Iran on its nuclear program if that country shows it’s serious about such negotiations. Biden spoke in Munich where he's attending an international conference on security.

The five men accused in the brutal gang rape of a young woman in New Deli who subsequently died from injuries in the attack have pleaded not guilty in a special court set up to expedite the case, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.

The five men are charged with a range of offenses including criminal conspiracy, gang rape, kidnapping and murder. The accused now face a judge trial which is set to begin Tuesday. The maximum penalty under the charges they face is death. Police say that the young victim who died and her male companion had been attacked with an iron rod and that she had been gang raped. The assault provoked national outrage and calls to overhaul the laws regarding sex crimes. The cabinet approved an ordinance Friday that includes the death penalty for grave sex offenses but women's groups say it fails to bar those charged with sexual assault from seeking office or bring the armed forces charged with sex crimes under Indian criminal law. Julie McCarthy, NPR News, New Deli.

In an interview with NPR outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says while there may be some reluctance he expects the military will allow women to serve in ground combat posts, much like firefighters and police have accepted women into their ranks. NPR's Tom Bowman has more.

Panetta has scrapped the so-called ground combat exclusion policy, a move that can open up as many as a quarter million jobs to women. But the Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos says some jobs might be closed to women if too few can meet the standards. That didn't sit well with Panetta.

"I think getting rid of the barrier makes it a little tougher for them to come back and ask for exceptions and I don't think it’s gonna be that easy to do if you want to know the truth."

Panetta says it's important that the military maintain tough standards. Tom Bowman, NPR News, Washington.

A hostage situation is in its fifth day in rural Alabama where negotiations continue to try and free a five-year-old boy being held in an underground bunker. From member WBHM Dan Carsen reports authorities say they’ve been in constant contact with the suspect about the safety of the boy.

They found out that there is an electric heater and some blankets down in the bunker where Jimmy Lee Dykes is holding the five-year-old boy. And the sheriff thanked the suspect. There might be a negotiating tactic to thank the suspect because the suspect has allowed authorities to pass medication and coloring books down through the PVC pipe that they are using to communicate down to the boy. Dan Carsen reporting from Midland city, Alabama. The boy had been taken from a school bus Tuesday. The bus driver was shot dead during the kidnapping.

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Federal mediators say they’ve worked out a tentative agreement between longshoreman and the operators of fifteen ports along the east coast. George Cohen, head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, says the proposed new contract must be ratified by both parties. But port operations will continue during that process. He did not provide any details of the deal. Both sides have been intense negotiations since the previous contract ended in September.

A former First Dog has died. George W. Bush and his wife Laura issued a statement announcing the passing of their 12-year-old Scottish Terrier Barney. NPR’s Julie Rovner says the cause was reported as lymphoma.

The former president said Barney was a “fierce armadillo hunter” whose favorite activity at Camp David was chasing golf balls on the chipping green. Around the White House he was best known for his annual stint as host of BarneyCam, trotting through the rooms decorated for the holidays with a camera strapped to his head. The dog was the star of several videos made by the White House. He was also known to nip the occasional visitor although he was mostly well-behaved. According to the Dallas News, Barney is survived by the family’s other Scottish Terrier Miss Beazley and Bob the cat. Julie Rovner, NPR news, Washington.
这位前总统表示,巴尼曾是“凶猛的犰狳猎犬”,它在戴维营最喜欢的活动就是在修整的绿草坪上追逐高尔夫球。在白宫周围,巴尼因每年都会出演贺岁短片而闻名,在短片《BarneyCam》中,巴尼头上带着摄像机在布满节日装饰的房间里跑来跑去。巴尼是白宫拍摄的几部影片中的明星。巴尼也因咬了来访者而出名,不过大多数时间巴尼都举止得体。据Dallas News报道,巴尼死后,布什家的宠物还剩下另一只苏格兰小猎犬比兹利和宠物猫鲍勃。NPR新闻,朱莉·罗夫纳华盛顿报道。

It's Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil reported he did not see its shadow today, meaning spring is on its way . But the Pennsylvanian rodent has competition. There are two groundhogs in New York and they disagree. Malverne Mel of Long Island did see its shadow, meaning another six weeks of winter. But Staten Island Chuck agreed with its Pennsylvanian counterpart.
今天是土拨鼠日,土拨鼠Punxsutawney Phil并没有看见自己的影子,所以这意味着春天就要来临了。可是宾夕法尼亚州的土拨鼠今天迎来了竞争。纽约有两只土拨鼠同样进行了预测,而且它们意见不一。来自长岛的土拨鼠Malverne Mel确实看见了自己的影子,也就是说冬季还有6星期结束。而史坦顿岛的土拨鼠Chuck则同意其宾夕法尼亚州同伴的预测。

I am Nora Raum. NPR news in Washington.


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