From VOA Learning English, this is In the News.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians on Friday answered calls for a "Day of Rage" with protests across the country. The marches were the idea of the Muslim Brotherhood movement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. They took place two days after Egyptian police destroyed two large pro-Morsi camps in Cairo. The police operation left hundreds dead and thousands wounded.
The protesters were demanding that Egypt's new government release the ousted president and other leaders of the Brotherhood. The Egyptian army has held Mr. Morsi since it removed him from office early last month.
In recent days, violence between civilian groups has increased. Christians reported that their religious centers were attacked on Thursday. Some Egyptians raided and set fire to two government offices in Giza, a city across the Nile River from Cairo. Government employee Fehmi Hassan says the attackers were supporters of the ousted president.
"Today, about a thousand supporters came and broke the exterior fence and hurled stones at the building, and they set fire to the governor's office, the auditing office and all the governor's cars."
The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the violence in Egypt. The Council expressed sympathy to the victims and regret for the loss of life. It also called for an end to violence by all groups in Egypt.
The United States and other countries have condemned attacks on Mr. Morsi's supporters. On Thursday, President Obama criticized the violence. He also cancelled a major joint military exercise with Egypt.
"While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back."
Some observers have criticized Mr. Obama's statements on Egypt. They say the United States is showing support for the Egyptian military if it does not take stronger action.
Saba Mahmood is with the University of California at Berkeley. She says the United States can pressure the military-supported government in Egypt to end the violence.
"If the United States is actually interested in instituting any kind of democratic change, they hold a very crucial card in this, which is over $1.8 billion of annual military aid that the United States gives to Egypt. They can simply say that we will suspend that aid unless there is an immediate dissolution of this intense violence."
Others see hope for the competing forces in Egypt to avoid civil war and carry out the reforms that Egyptians wanted in 2011. That year, Egypt's military answered huge protests by supporting the ouster of long-time President Hosni Mubarak.
Stephen Zunes chairs the Middle Eastern Studies program at the University of San Francisco. He says civil society has been growing stronger in Egypt and across the Arab world.
"More and more people realize that they are ultimately those who must decide their own fate. And so as tragic as the recent events have been, it is just not the final word."
Professor Zunes says it is not only the Islamists who are affected by the suppression of dissent. And he says democracy will come to Egypt not by suppressing Islamists but by organizing democratic forces.
"The younger generation of Egyptians do want a future that is based on democracy and social justice."
And that's In the News from VOA Learning English, written by Onka Dekker. I'm Steve Ember.
1.release v. 松开，排出，免除
He was released from custody the next day...
2.oust vt. 驱逐，罢黜
They can even oust the entire board without cause.
The guerrillas raided banks and destroyed a police barracks and an electricity substation.
4.exterior adj. 外面的，外部的
The exterior walls were made of pre-formed concrete.
Some praise him, whereas others condemn him.
6.sustain vt. 维持；支撑，支持
We do not have enough money to sustain our campaign for long.
7.suspend vt. 暂停；延缓
Both sides in the conflict have agreed temporarily to suspend hostilities.
The churches consociated to fight their dissolution.
1.Tens of thousands of Egyptians on Friday answered calls for a "Day of Rage" with protests across the country.
tens of thousands of千千万万； 成千上万
Tens of thousands of men,year after year,have travelled southwards to find work.
2.The protesters were demanding that Egypt's new government release the ousted president and other leaders of the Brotherhood.
在动词suggest, order, demand, propose, command, request, desire, insist, require, decide, promise, resolve, argue, maintain, determine, recommend, advise, advocate, persuade等表示“命令”、“建议”、“要求”动词后的宾语从句中，(should)+动词原形来表示虚拟语气。
3.Some Egyptians raided and set fire to two government offices in Giza, a city across the Nile River from Cairo.
set fire to放火烧，点着
They set fire to the city and massacred all the inhabitants.
4.And he says democracy will come to Egypt not by suppressing Islamists but by organizing democratic forces.
注意另外一个句型：It is not that but不是因为……而是因为……
It's not that I don't like the car, but I think it is too expensive.
It's not that I am unwilling to help you, but I'm tied up with extra work these days.
It's not that he doesn't need your help, but he thinks it will be an inconvenience to you.
周五，成千上万埃及人响应号召，全国各地举行了“愤怒日”抗议活动。示威游行是穆斯林兄弟会被推翻总统穆苏里提出的 。两天前，埃及警方摧毁了开罗支持穆苏里的两个大型营地 。警方的行动造成数百人死亡，数千人受伤 。
近日，平民组织之间的暴力活动也有所增加。基督徒报道称，他们的宗教中心于周四遭遇袭击 。一些埃及人袭击并纵火焚烧了与开罗隔尼罗河相望的城市吉萨两间政府办公室 。政府雇员Fehmi Hassan表示，袭击者是被推翻总统的支持者 。
美国和其他国家谴责了穆苏里支持者遭遇的袭击。周四，奥巴马总统对暴力活动提出批评 。他还取消了原计划与埃及举行的重大联合军演 。
Saba Mahmood是加州大学伯克利分校工作人员。她表示，美国有能力向埃及军方支持的政府施压，要求他们停止暴力 。
Stephen Zunes在旧金山大学主持中东研究项目。他说，埃及和阿拉伯世界的民间团体已经逐渐壮大起来 。
以上就是今天的美国之音慢速学英语时事新闻节目，由Onka Dekker编写，我是Steve Ember。