BBC World News 2013-03-25

BBC News with Marion Marshall

Finance ministers from the 17 countries using the euro are making last-minute attempts in Brussels to prevent the collapse of the banking system in Cyprus. The European Central Bank has warned it would suspend emergency funding for Cypriot banks unless a new plan is agreed by Monday. Christian Fraser is in Brussels.

The Cypriots feel they've been very badly done, too, in the words of, as one Cypriot MP, they feel like they're negotiating with a gun to the head. But the equally strong rhetoric from the Germans. Wolfgang Schaeuble, who came into the meeting tonight, said that he wanted to help the Cypriot, also said that he wanted a sense of realism from the Cypriots. And up to all that, in the financial times tonight, difficulties have been reported in the relationship between the IMF and the European commission who were the two key brokers in these bailout deals.

Rebels in the Central Africa Republic have taken control of the capital Banqui seizing the presidential palace. A spokesman for the Seleka rebel coalition Eric Massi spoke to the BBC. "Seleka occupies all strategic points and has taken control of the capital. The chairman of the Seleka will make a statement to the nation in the coming hours. Our priorities for now, to reinstall security throughout the national territory, we called on all forces of the nation to unite, to rebuild the country." President Francois Bozize has fled the city. Government officials in the neighbouring Democratic Republican of Congo said the president and his family had arrived there. A humanitarian worker in Banqui described the situation as chaotic.

More than 120 prisoners in eastern Nigeria have escaped after armed men tore down the gate of the jail and forces the cells open. The prison was one of the several locations targeted in the town of Ganye near the border with Cameroon. A bank and at least one bar were also hit. The militant Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the simultaneous attacks, which police say, killed 25 people.

Hundreds of thousands people have demonstrated in Paris against plans to legalize gay marriage and adoption. Police fired tear gas to stop sections of the crowd breaking through into the Champs Elysees. Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.

It was the second monster demonstration against gay marriage that French capital has seen inside two months. There are some organizers called for a mass rally on one of the avenues leaving off the Arc de Triomphe. Once again, as in the first demonstration in January, it was a vast crowd. And once again most people said their motivation was not gay marriage as such, but their fears for the children of gay couples once they enjoyed the right to adopt. The bill goes before the upper house the senate in the early April were given the socialist majority there is likely to pass, meaning that gay marriage and adoption should be legalized in France by the middle of the year.

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The Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has warned that he may take steps to protect the nation after clashes on Friday between the Muslim Brotherhood to which he belongs and opposition protesters. Mr Morsi said he didn't want to be dragged into having to make a harsh decision. Opposition protesters attacked the Brotherhood offices in several cities and more than 150 people were injured in the clashes, the worst this year. An opposition spokesman described Mr Morsi's comments as scary, saying they could herald repressive measures.

The Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib has resigned from the Syrian National Coalition just four months after taking the post. But the SNC reported to have asked him to stay on. Jim Muir reports.

Mr al-Khatib didn't spell out his reasons for resigning after barely four months in the job. But the signs up that was triggered by the election last week of Ghassan Hitto to head a new opposition interim government, a step that Mr al-Khatib believe to be premature. The rebel Free Syrian Army has also said it will not recognize Mr Hitto, because it said, he was not elected by consensus but imposed by outside powers.

Police in Britian say they've found no evidence that anyone else was involved in the death of the exiled Russian oligarch, Boris Berezovsky, whose body was found at a property near London. Mr Berezovsky was once a Kremlin insider, who amassed a huge fortune after the breakup of the Soviet Union, but he fled to Britain after falling out with President Putin.

Police in Colombia say they've seized half a ton of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bricks. Officers said the drugs would have been worth close to $2m if sold on the streets of the United States. The cocaine was found stashed inside cases full of bricks in the Colombian port city of Cartagena, ready for shipment to Honduras. Police suspect that the construction firm behind the shipment was set up solely for the purpose of smuggling drugs.

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词汇讲解:

1. prevent vt.预防;阻碍
例句:I told you to prevent this from happening.
我告诉过你要阻止这一切发生.

2. reinstall vt.使重新正式就职,重新设置
例句:Reinstall calibration adapter and counter or transmitter box to the flow meter body.
重新装配校正适配器,计数器或脉冲信号传送器至流量计本体上.

3. describe vt.描写,形容
例句:How will you describe the place?
你如何形容这个地方?

4. suspect vt.猜疑(是);怀疑
例句:They suspect him of killing the girl.
他们怀疑他杀了那个女孩。

5. legalize vt.使合法化;使得到法律认可
例句:They legalize the sale of alcoholic drinks by doing so.
他们这样做使贩酒合法化了。

6. drag vt.拖拽
例句:Sorry to drag you into this.
对不起拖你下水.

7. elect vt.选举;挑出
例句:Company may elect to accept or reject individual deviations.
公司可选择接受或拒绝单个偏差。

8. involve vt.包含;使参与
例句:Is this issue going to involve lawyers?
这个状况会牵涉到律师吗?

短语讲解:

1. But the equally strong rhetoric from the Germans. Wolfgang Schaeuble,who came into the meeting tonight, said that he wanted to help the Cypriot, also said that he wanted a sense of realism from the Cypriots.

come into 进入;加入,参加
例句:No smoking until you come into the terminal building.
请勿吸烟直到你进入终站大厦。

2. And up to all that, in the financial times tonight, difficulties have been reported in the relationship between the IMF and the European commission who were the two key brokers in these bailout deals.

up to 直到;做…;在于…;能胜任
例句:She now faces a fine of up to 1000 euros.
不过她现在则将面临着有关方面高达1000欧元的罚款。

3. Rebels in the Central Africa Republic have taken control of the capital Banqui seizing the presidential palace.

take control of 控制
例句:Don't iet her take control of the conversation.
不要让她控制话题。

4. A bank and at least one bar were also hit.

at least 至少
例句:At least two yeas of experience.
至少有两年的经验。

5. The militant Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the simultaneous attacks, which police say, killed 25 people.
 
carry out 执行;进行
例句:We must carry out the party's policies.
我们要贯彻党的政策。

6. Police fired tear gas to stop sections of the crowd breaking through into the Champs Elysees.

break through 突围,突破
例句:We attempted to break through the lines of the enemy.
我们企图突破敌人的封锁线。

7. There are some organizers called for a mass rally on one of the avenues leaving off the Arc de Triomphe.

call for 要求
例句:This is not a call for articles of impeachment.
这不是一个要求弹劾条款。

8. The Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has warned that he may take steps to protect the nation after clashes on Friday between the Muslim Brotherhood to which he belongs and opposition protesters.

take step 办手续,采取步骤
例句:They is take step to improve their teach condition.
他们正采取措施以改善教学条件。

9. But the SNC reported to have asked him to stay on.

stay on 继续停留
例句:He could stay on atlantis instead.
他也可以留在亚特兰蒂斯。

10. But the signs up that was triggered by the election last week of Ghassan Hitto to head a new opposition interim government, a step that Mr al-Khatib believe to be premature.

sign up 跟…签订合同;报名
例句:John wants to sign up for the contest.
约翰想报名参加比赛。

11. Officers said the drugs would have been worth close to $2m if sold on the streets of the United States.

close to 与…关系密切;近乎;临近
例句:The ship kept close to the coast.
那条船靠近海岸航行。

12. Police suspect that the construction firm behind the shipment was set up solely for the purpose of smuggling drugs.

set up 成立
例句:The military leaders set up a provisional government.
军事领导人们成立了临时政府。