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双语新闻(2014年12月16日)

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**谷歌2014热门搜索排行榜上威廉姆斯自杀搜索最多**

2014年因特网搜索引擎谷歌全球搜索最多的是美国娱乐界巨星罗宾•威廉姆斯2014年自杀事件。

深受美国人爱戴的奥斯卡奖获得者、演员和喜剧家威廉姆斯今年8月在旧金山市附近家中上吊自杀。他的粉丝和爱慕者极为震惊,纷纷到谷歌网站,搜索有关其演出生涯以及自杀和忧郁症的信息。

除了威廉姆斯自杀事件以外,今年谷歌上搜索最多的还有巴西世界杯赛,埃博拉病毒疫情,马来西亚航空公司空难,和“冰桶挑战”。所谓的“冰桶挑战”指的是人们用冰水浇身,为卢伽雷氏病、即肌肉退行性萎缩筹款。

Robin Williams Tragedy Leads Google's List of Top 2014 Searches

U.S. entertainer Robin Williams's suicide topped Internet search engine Google's list of global search requests in 2014.

Williams, an Academy Award-winning actor and comedian beloved for his rapid-fire, improvisational routines, hanged

himself in his home near San Francisco, California in August. His death shocked fans and admirers flocking to Google to seek information about his career, as well as topics on suicide and depression.

After Williams's suicide, Google's other top searches were the World Cup tournament in Brazil, the Ebola virus outbreak, the tragedy-plagued Malaysia Airlines, and the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which had people dousing themselves with ice water

to raise money to fight the degenerative muscular disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.


**俄罗斯大幅提高利率仍难阻汇率狂跌**

俄罗斯卢布汇率再创新低,支持卢布的紧急措施看来没有发挥作用。

俄罗斯央行星期一晚上将利率从10.5%提高到17%,增幅之大,出人意料。

央行在俄罗斯货币经历1998年金融危机以来最大单日跌幅之后采取了这一行动。

卢布汇率星期二短时上扬,但很快跌至历史新低,午间为1美元兑66卢布。

这是俄罗斯为制止卢布贬值迄今采取的最大努力。卢布对美元今年已经贬值近50%。

上星期,俄罗斯试图通过将利率提高一个百分点来遏制卢布汇率下滑,但没能奏效。

西方因乌克兰危机对俄罗斯采取制裁措施,再加上石油价格猛跌,卢布面临巨大压力。

克里姆林宫努力让俄罗斯公民相信,卢布贬值是暂时的,最终将恢复其原有价值。

Ruble Plunges to New Lows, Despite Rate Hike

The ruble has tumbled to another historic low, despite an emergency attempt by Russia to prop up the rapidly declining currency.

In a surprise move late Monday, Moscow's Central Bank dramatically raised interest rates to 17 percent from 10.5 percent.

The move came after the Russian currency experienced its largest one-day decline since Russia's 1998 financial crisis.

The ruble briefly rebounded Tuesday, before plummeting to an all-time low. By noon in Moscow, a dollar was buying 66 rubles.

It is Russia's most concerted effort yet to stop the devaluation of the ruble, which has lost almost 50 percent against the dollar this year.

Just last week, Russia attempted, and failed, to stop the decline by raising interest rates by one percent.

The Russian currency has been under intense pressure amid Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and plunging oil prices.

The Kremlin has tried to reassure Russian citizens the devaluation will be temporary, and that the ruble will eventually regain its value.

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