所属教程:In the News 更新:03-24

Soldiers loyal to Yemen’s president fought off Houthi rebels early Monday. Militia and security officials said the rebels had been sent toward the southern city of Aden where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi had taken refuge.


The majority of Yemenis are Sunni Muslims. The Houthis are Shi’ites, and get support from Iran. The rebels had agreed to share power with President Hadi after they seized the capital, Sana’a, last September.



Anti-Houthi protesters carry an injured fellow protester during clashes with Houthi fighters in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz, March 22, 2015. (REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub)

Speaking from Aden, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Riyadh Yasin asked the Gulf Cooperation Council for help with troops to control the Houthi’s expansion.

在亚丁的讲话中,也门外交部长Riyadh Yasin向海湾合作委员会寻求帮助来共同对抗胡塞组织的扩张。

Meanwhile, the British government withdrew the last of its special forces from Yemen, according to Reuters. This came after the U.S. pulled out all remaining personnel over the weekend.


The U.S. State Department said in a statement that the relocation was due to “the deteriorating security situation in Yemen.”


Afghan leaders want slower withdrawal of US forces


Afghanistan’s leaders are in the United States this week. Observers say they expect President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to ask American officials to slow the withdrawal of U.S. forces from their country.

阿富汗领导人这周对美国进行了访问。观察人士说其预想阿富汗总统Ashraf Ghani和首席执行官Abdullah Abdullah会要求美国方面延迟从阿富汗撤军的计划。

The Afghan leaders are to meet Tuesday with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The Obama administration has said extremists in Afghanistan are a threat to American interests.


On Wednesday, Mr. Ghani will speak to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.


Republican Senator Ted Cruz to run for president


Also in the United States, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced he is a candidate for president. Senator Cruz launched his campaign for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination early Monday. He made it official in a message and video on Twitter.


Mr. Cruz is 44 years old. He joined the Senate in 2013. Several other Republicans are expected to announce their candidacies in the next few weeks.


Okinawa governor stops work on new US military base


The governor of the Japanese island of Okinawa has ordered work suspended at the planned home of a new United States military base. Governor Takeshi Onaga said a concrete block thrown into the sea for testing had damaged a coral reef.

日本冲绳县知事已经下令暂停建立新的美军基地的计划。Takeshi Onaga县长说投进海里用来测试的混凝土土块对珊瑚礁有危害。

In Tokyo, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary told reporters that the work on the base cannot be suspended because officials in Okinawa already agreed to it.

Japan and the United States want to move the Futenma air base from a heavily populated area to the coast because of problems with noise, pollution and high crime.


Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore, has died


Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, died on Monday. He was 91 years old.


Mr. Lee led the country from 1959 to 1990. He was admitted to Singapore General Hospital in early February with severe pneumonia. He was later placed on life support equipment.


The government has declared a state of mourning until his funeral next Sunday.


I’m Anne Ball.

This newscast was based on reports from VOA’s News Division. Christopher Cruise wrote it for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.


Words in This Story

militia – n. an army of citizens instead of professional soldiers; an armed force or private army

control – v. to direct; to have power over

interest(s) – n. what is important to someone; a share in owning a business

campaign – n. competition by opposing political candidates seeking support from voters; a connected series of military actions during a war