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WORLD NEWS - Sep 21st, 2012

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From Washington, here is the news in VOA Special English.

A Syrian rights group says an explosion in Northeast Syria has killed at least 30 people. Many others were reported wounded. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that witnesses said the explosion happened when an air strike hit a fuel station Thursday in al-Rakah Province. Also Thursday, Syrian state television said a military helicopter hit the tail of a passenger airplane while both were in the air. The report said the airplane landed safely at Damascus International Airport. The plane was carrying 200 people. The helicopter crashed near Damascus. VOA reporter Elizabeth Arat is in Damascus. “I just speak to the kind of chaotic situation the helicopter finds around bombing sporadically and evidently very serious guideline employed.

There were protests against critical drawings and a film of the Muslim prophet Mohammad in Pakistan and Afghanistan Thursday. Police clashed with protesters in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. A crowd of 1,000 students tried to reach an area of the city that has foreign embassies and government offices. A VOA reporter in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city, said university students gathered to denounce America and to call on others to protest on Friday. Pakistani media report 15,000 people are expected to march on embassies in Islamabad on Friday. They said the government has called on the National Army to protect the area.

A judge in Los Angeles, California, has denied a request to order the WebSite YouTube which is owned by Google to remove part of an anti-Islam film. The film is being blamed for causing violence in the Muslim world that led to the death of the American ambassador in Libya. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia asked the judge for the order. She is in the film. She said the producer of the film, the Innocence of Muslims, told her the film was about ancient Egypt. She says the words she spoke were taken out of the film and replaced with words that criticize the prophet Mohammad. The government of Sudan has blocked access to YouTube because of that anti-Islam film that has caused violent protests in many Muslim countries. The country’s Telecommunications Chief said officials placed the ban after Google—the owner of YouTube—did not reply to a government request to block the film. Google has not commented on the ban to VOA. The company has said it will block access to the film in countries where it is illegal.

The Obama Administration said it was self-evident that the deadly attack last week on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a terrorist attack. White House spokesman Jay Carney repeated what National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen told Senators on Wednesday. The violence was what he called an opportunistic attack that evolved and escalated over several hours.

Witnesses in the Somali capital Mogadishu say three explosions, two of them from suicide bombers, killed at least 15 people Thursday. The explosions appeared to have targeted a restaurant which is popular with reporters and government workers. It is near a building that includes a radio station which broadcasts VOA programs. It is also near the National Theater. In April, a suicide attack there killed ten people. The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for that attack.

Arik Air—Nigeria’s largest airline—canceled all flights within the country Thursday after a dispute with aviation workers. A Nigerian newspaper said Arik Air owes money to three government agencies. It said workers with those agencies forced the airline to stop flying. The cancellations affected thousands of passengers at Nigerian airports.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging human rights activists to help political prisoners. She spoke to supporters of the rights group, Amnesty International, in Washington. She said hatred and fear cause officials to detain those who have different beliefs than theirs. “Prisoners become prisoners out of the fear of others, those who fear—the others who fear that they will be troubled, that these prisoners are people who will challenge them.” Aung San Suu Kyi was detained for 14 years by Burma’s former military rulers. She is visiting the United States for 17 days. After leaving Washington D.C. she will travel to California, New York and Indiana. The city of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has a large number of Burmese-Americans.

The Chinese Premier has repeated a promise that China will help end the Euro Zone debt crisis. But he criticized an EU ban on arms sales to China. Wen Jiabao spoke in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday at a European Union summit with China. He first spoke about strengthening ties between China and the EU. Later, as he spoke about the ban on arm sales, the video broadcast reporters ended. EU officials said there was confusion about when the public part of the speech was finished and the private talks began.

An American judge has fined Taiwanese electronics company AU Optronics $500million. The judge also sentenced two of its leaders to three years in prison and fined them $200,000 each. The judge found they worked to keep prices high for liquid crystal display panels. It is one of the largest penalties ever in an American anti-trust case. American government lawyers had asked for a larger fine. They said the company was remorseless. The company says it will appeal the ruling.

And now, briefly, here again is the major news at this hour.

A Syrian rights group says an explosion at a fuel station in Northeast Syria Thursday killed at least 30 people. There were protests against critical drawings and a film of the Muslim prophet Mohammad in Pakistan and Afghanistan Thursday. And the Obama Administration now says the deadly attack last week on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a terrorist attack.

That’s the news in VOA Special English coming to you from Washington.

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