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[日期:2008-01-15]   [字体: ]
BBC 2008-01-09

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BBC news with Mary Small.

The woman once seen as the Democrats' front runner for the American Presidency Hillary Clinton is fighting to stave off another defeat after losing the Iowa caucuses to the Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. Polling is drawing to an end in the northeastern state of New Hampshire, the first highly symbolic primary of the race with turnout reported to be high. Here's Kevin Connolly.

There are two factors in this primary that might push New Hampshire towards a record turnout. Barack Obama's unexpected victory in last week's Iowa caucuses which has boosted interests in the campaign in general, and the unusual weather, it's bright, sunny and mild, in spite of the settled snow which lies everywhere. It seems overwhelmingly likely that Barack Obama will win again here. He had a commanding lead in a dozen or so opinion polls produced over the last few days. The Republican John McCain believes he will win his primary, although the race of his party's nomination is still wide open for other contenders including Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani.

As President Bush embarks on his first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territory since taking office in 2001, Israeli and Palestinian leaders have authorized their negotiators to begin talks on the core issues dividing them. From Jerusalem, our Middle East Correspondent Tim Francs reports.

All sides say that the will is there for peace, the question is, what can a rare visit from an American President do to create a Palestinian state beyond a symbolic push. One senior Palestinian official said he was hoping for clarity, while President Bush previously created confusion. Which Israeli settlements on occupied territory did Mr. Bush believe should stay, which should go? And would the Americans be willing to exert pressure on Israel to comply. Israeli officials say they'll be happy to discuss their obligations as much as those of the Palestinians. But they will also be keen to widen talks to include what they believe is Iran's attempt to build nuclear weapons.

A week after a disputed presidential election plunged Kenya into violence, opposition supporters have been protesting of the decision by the reelected President Mwai Kibaki to begin appointing his cabinet. Protesters set fire to barricades and threw stones in western city of Kisumu, hundreds took to the streets in the Nairobi slums, some brandishing machetes. The opposition leader Raila Odinga called off formal protests after hundreds of people died and huge numbers were displaced in the worst violence the country has seen for decades. Mr. Kibaki has left some cabinet positions unfilled in what's seen as a hint that they are up for negotiation.

The Colombian government says it has captured the military leader of the country's second most important rebel group the ELN. The Minister of Defense, Juan Manuel Santos, said that Carlos Marin Guarin, or Pablito was the most important ELN leader ever caught.

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The Iranian government has told people to stay at home after a heavy snowfall and below freezing temperatures. Blizzards trapped 40, 000 people in their cars, most have now been rescued. But officials say eight motorists have frozen to deaths. The government has declared two days of public holiday as temperatures reached minus 24 deGREe Celsius. There's even been snow in the southern deserts for the first time in living memory.

In the face of a dispute about alleged racism in cricket, there has been criticism of the dropping of an umpire from next week's third test match between India and Australia in Perth. The International Cricket Council removed the Jamaican umpire Steve Bucknor after the Indians complained about his performance in the last match in Sydney. Leading cricket figures said a dangerous precedent had been set.

A court in London has sentenced a man to four and a half years in prison for planning to fly to Pakistan to carry out terrorist attacks. The man, Sohail Qureshi, had pleaded guilty to preparing an act of terrorism and of possessing terrorist materials. Rob Watson reports.

Sohail Qureshi was born in Pakistan, and had lived in Saudi Arabia and Russia before moving to Britain four years ago, he was arrested at Heathrow Airport in October 2006, as he prepared to fly to Islamabad. He was found to be carrying thousands of dollars in cash as well as night vision equipment and military manuals. The court heard how the British authorities had intercepted e-mails from Qureshi, in which he said he prayed he would kill many people.

The survey of American career diplomats has reported discontent over what is seen as a lack of resources and frustration over policy in Iraq. More than 4, 000 members of the American diplomatic corps responded to a survey conducted by their staff union, almost half of the respondents thought that the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was doing a poor job of looking after their needs.

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