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中国时间 22:04 2017年8月17日 星期四

双语新闻(2016年12月30日)

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叙利亚停火实施后爆发冲突

来自叙利亚的报道说,当地时间星期五午夜开始的全国停火不到两小时就爆发了冲突。

这项停火由叙利亚政府与几个反政府武装力量之间达成,不包括某些伊斯兰极端组织。总部设在英国的监督机构叙利亚人权瞭望台星期五说,反政府武装违反了停火协议,在哈马省夺取土地。

但是反政府武装力量(Jaish al-Nasr)的一位发言人告诉路透社说,是政府军违反协议,炮击了哈马省附近的伊德利卜省一些地区。

土耳其,叙利亚和俄罗斯上星期表示,他们已经谈判达成和平协议,结束这场历时六年的战争。支持叙利亚总统阿萨德的俄罗斯政府和支持叙利亚反叛力量的土耳其都表示,他们将保证停火的执行。

叙利亚有几十支反政府武装力量,目前还不清楚都有那些反政府武装同意停火。

叙利亚此前曾有过三次全国停火,最近一次是今年9月,但只持续了一个多星期。

Violence Disrupts Syrian Cease-fire

Reports from Syria say violent clashes broke out less than two hours after the start of a nationwide cease-fire that began at midnight Friday, local time.

The deal includes the Syrian government and several rebel groups, but not certain Islamist groups. The monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in Britain, said Friday that rebels violated the cease-fire by taking over territory in the province of Hama.

But a spokesman for the Jaish al-Nasr rebel group, told Reuters news service that government forces violated the deal by shelling areas in Idlib province, which borders Hama.

Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Turkey, which supports rebel groups, have said they would guarantee the truce, which came after Turkey, Syria and Russia last week said they were ready to broker a peace deal in the six-year war.

There are dozens of groups fighting in Syria, and it was not immediately clear which of them have agreed to halt hostilities.

There have been three previous attempts to secure a nationwide cease-fire in Syria. The most recent was in September, but it lasted only a little over a week.

美国19个州2017年将提高最低工资

尽管党派之争使美国国会2016年没有取得多少成绩,但还是有一系列法律获得批准,并将于2017年生效。

包括纽约和加州在内的19个州将从元旦开始提高最低工资标准。

马萨诸塞州和华盛顿州工人收益最大,这两个州的最低工资将上调至每小时11美元。

加州雇佣26个雇员以上的企业最低工资将提高到每小时10.5美元。纽约州各地工资标准不同,在纽约市为每小时11美元,城市小企业10.5美元,郊区和其他地方为9.7美元。

亚利桑那、缅因、科罗拉多和华盛顿州的选民在今年大选中投票通过提高最低工资。阿拉斯加、佛罗里达、密苏里、蒙大拿、新泽西、俄亥俄和南达科他这七个州是根据生活指数自动调高最低工资的。其他提高最低工资的州还有阿肯色、康涅狄格、夏威夷、密西根和佛蒙特。

19 US States to Increase Minimum Wage in 2017

Even though partisan infighting made Congress virtually ineffective in 2016, a spate of new laws were still approved and will go into effect next year.

Nineteen states, including New York and California, will ring in the year with an increase in the minimum wage.

The increase in pay will mean most for workers in Massachusetts and Washington state, where the minimum wage will go up to $11 per hour.

California will raise its wage to $10.50 for businesses with 26 or more employees. New York state is taking a regional approach, with the wage rising to $11 in New York City, to $10.50 for small businesses in the city, $10 in its suburbs and $9.70 elsewhere.

Voters in Arizona, Maine, Colorado and Washington approved increases in this year's election. Seven other states, Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and South Dakota, are automatically raising the wage based on indexing. The other states seeing increases are Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Michigan and Vermont.

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