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Egypt's vice president resigned hours before the final phase of voting on the constitution. NPR's Leila Fadel reports the vice president led attempts by the embattled President Mohamed Morsi at national dialogue in the days leading up to the vote on the constitution.


Vice President Mahmoud Mekki issued a statement saying he first submitted his resignation to the president early last month, but until today the political climate forced him to stay on. In a statement Mekki said that he realized the nature of politics didn't suit his profession as a judge. The statement hinted a dissatisfaction with Islamist President Mohamed Morsi's policies. Morsi enraged the opposition and a majority of judges when he issued decrees that put himself above the law last month before rushing an imperfect constitution to a referendum. Mekki defended those policies as Morsi's deputy, despite his history as an activist for the independence of the judiciary. It was unclear if Mekki's resignation had anything to do with the clause in Egypt's Constitution that eliminates the position of vice president. Leila Fadel NPR News, Cairo.

副总统马哈茂德·马基发表声明表示,他上个月初第一次向总统递交辞呈,但是政治环境迫使他留到今天。马基在声明中说,他意识到,从政并不适合法官出身的他。这份声明暗示了马基对身为伊斯主义者的总统穆罕默德·穆尔西政策的不满。上个月,不完善的宪法未经全民公投之前,穆尔西便公布法令将自己置于法律之上,这一举动激怒了反对派和大多数法官。 马基虽然曾是一名争取司法独立的活动人士,但作为穆尔西的副手,他依然为这些法令进行了辩护。根据埃及宪法草案,埃及政府今后将不设副总统职位,马基的辞职是否与此有关目前还不得而知。NPR新闻,莱拉·法德尔开罗报道。

Police in India used tear gas and water cannons to break up mass demonstrations in the capital, New Delhi today. Protesters are demanding justice for a student who was gang-raped in a bus last weekend. NPR's Julie McCarthy is following the march and says police have also been beating demonstrators.


The crowds are choking, putting hankerchiefs over their mouths so that they can breathe. And by the thousands, they are now repairing back to India Gate. It's not clear where this demonstration is going. The determination of demonstrators is extremely high. But this use of force against them today is dispersing them for the moment. Julie McCarthy, NPR News, in central Delhi.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he welcomed the nomination of Senator John Kerry to be secretary of state. He said Kerry is experienced and a known supporter of Israel security. President Obama nominated Kerry yesterday.


The President is in Hawaii to celebrate Christmas. No public events are scheduled, but tomorrow, he will attend a memorial service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye. Before leaving Washington last night, the President recorded his weekly address with some help from the first lady.


And on behalf of my favourite Americans,Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo, Merry Christmas, everybody.


Happy holidays.


House Speaker John Boehner delivered the Republican address. He urged Democrats to work with Republicans to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff".


Hope springs eternal and I know we have it in us to come together and to do the right thing.


Unless they can reach an agreement by the end of the year, income tax rates will go up and spending will be cut throughout the federal government.


This is NPR News from Washington.


A winter storm is complicating travel in many parts of the US this weekend. Several inches of snow fell today in parts of Pennsylvania. Danielle Karson reports this is expected to be the busiest holiday travel season in six years.


Americans are shrugging off the snowstorms, heavy rain and fog that are causing flight delays and traffic jams. AAA predicts more than 93 million people will travel this weekend, packing hotels, airports and roads. Personal incomes rose last month, so AAA spokeswoman Heather Hunter says that's putting more money in people's wallets.


People do have a bit more money for travel, also any of the pent-up demand after the recession when a lot of people pulled back is starting to work itself through.


Economic growths in the jobs market are picking up. And that's good news for two key industries after a nearly two-year slump. Hotels are seeing their occupancy rates steadily climb and airlines have been packing planes at record levels. For NPR News, I'm Danielle Karson.


A pharmacy connected to the deadly meningitis outbreak this year has filed for a bankruptcy protection. The New England Compounding Center said it's facing 130 lawsuits and another 270 people have filed claims, saying they were injured by contaminated steroid injections. Filing bankruptcy protects the companies from its creditors while regarded its debts under the supervision of a bankruptcy judge.

今年爆发了致命的脑膜炎,与该事件有关的一家药品公司申请了破产保护。新英格兰化合物中心(New England Compounding Center)表示,其面临着130起诉讼,另有270人因注射受污染的类固醇药物受到损害而向其提出索赔。申请破产保护将确保该公司免受债权人的滋扰,而其债务则会由破产法官监管。

Writer Larry L. King has died. His wife said he died at a retirement home in Washington D.C. Thursday night. No cause was given. King wrote a magazine article that became a Broadway musical and became a movie starring Burt Reynolds, the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Larry L. King was 83.


I'm Nora Raum, NPR News, in Washington.


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