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【VOA】飓风“多里安”扫荡巴哈马36小时致至少20人死亡

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I'm Marissa Melton.

Hurricane Dorian pummeled the southeastern U.S. coast Thursday with drenching rains and powerful winds. The now Category 2 storm threatens to inundate low-lying coastal lands with surging storm water of two meters or more.

Meanwhile, the storm left at least 20 people dead in the Bahamas where residents and the government are facing an overwhelming recover effort.

Many communities on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands have been flattened and left in rubble.

AP correspondent Michael Weissenstein reports from Abaco not much aid has arrived yet.

"We're starting to see helicopters and some Bahamian Defense Force Marines in the streets and a few police. But so far, there is really not ... starting today. But people until now, five six days later, have just ... what was on the island when the hurricane hit."

U.S. President Donald Trump has sent the Coast Guard and urban search-and-rescue teams to help.

The man responsible for the Trump administration's Mideast peace plan will be leaving the White House.

AP [co...] Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani has more.

The White House says the peace plan is done but will not be released until after this month's Israeli elections.

There is now more doubt about its future with the administration saying Jason Greenblatt will leave in the coming weeks.

Palestinians have already rejected the plan, saying it'll boost ties between the U.S. and Israel.

Greenblatt also infuriated Palestinian leaders by pushing for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman says Greenblatt ruined American credibility and destroyed the peace process.

Sagar Meghani, at the White House.

For more and other stories, you can visit us at anytime online voanews.com. We also have an app. This is VOA news.

[British prime ...] British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered yet another blow Thursday when his brother announced his resignation as a junior minister and a member of Parliament.

This comes after another setback for the prime minister - the House of Commons voted in favor of a measure forcing the government to ask the EU to delay Brexit another three months if there is no exit deal by the October 31st deadline.

The measure now goes to Parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords, where we'll see a vote tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the news has set the British pound back up after an early week low.

AP correspondent Charles De Ledesma has more.

Britain's currency took a hammering early this week, falling below $1.20 to the pound - its lowest since 1985 excluding a brief two-minute crash in 2016. Investors were concerned that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be able to suspend parliament and bring the country out of the EU, with or without a deal. A no-deal exit is widely considered a worst-case scenario for businesses.

But the pound has rallied as British lawmakers this week wrested control over the Brexit timetable away from Johnson. A bill blocking a no-deal Brexit is on course to pass into law before Parliament is suspended next week.

Charles De Ledesma, London.

Mozambique gave a warm and colorful welcome to Pope Francis today as he toured the capital and spoke to lawmakers, youth and clergy.

VOA's Anita Powell reports from Maputo.

Thousands of young Catholics packed a Maputo stadium to hear him speak of hope, peace and reconciliation to a nation that for decades has struggled with conflict.

He was greeted Wednesday night by President Filipe Nyusi, who is running for re-election in October in a contentious poll in which rival parties have already begun heavy mud-sling at each other

But the pontiff did not pander to Mozambique's leadership when pointing out their higher responsibility to honor a recent peace deal.

"As we know," he says, "peace is not merely absence of war but a tireless commitment, especially on the part of those of us charged with greater responsibility - to recognize, protect and concretely restore the dignity, so often overlooked or ignored, of our brothers and sisters."

Anita Powell, VOA news, Maputo.

The pope will leave for Madagascar on Friday. From there, he'll move on to Mauritius.

I'm Marissa Melton. You're listening to VOA news.

inundate/ˈɪnʌndeɪt/

v.使不胜负荷; 使应接不暇; 淹没; 泛滥;

reconciliation/ˌrekənsɪliˈeɪʃn/

n.调解; 和解; 协调; 和谐一致;



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