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WORLD NEWS - Sep 26th, 2012


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

President Obama has called on world leaders to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism. He told the 67th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly that the world can make progress only through tolerance and freedom. Much of his speech centered on the weeks of violent protest caused by an anti-Muslim film made in the United States. Mr. Obama denounced the video, but said it did not justify causing innocent blood to flow including that of the United States ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Mr. Stevens and three other diplomatic officers were killed in an attack on the American diplomatic office in Benghazi, Libya. Mr. Obama also called for an end to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A Syrian human rights group says Syrian security forces have arrested at least 68 people. The arrests took place around the coastal city of Banias. An employee of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told VOA Tuesday that the arrests may be related to the kidnapping of a top level Syrian officer. Twenty-five women, three children and at least 40 men are among those being held. None of those arrested has been charged. The human rights group says they are being held to convince rebel fighters to turn themselves in. The observatory wants the United Nations General Assembly to call for a ceasefire to help end the unrest.

A bomb explosion Tuesday killed at least seven people in Eastern Turkey. Security sources say the device went off along a road in the city of Tunceli as a military vehicle was passing by. At least 6 soldiers and one civilian were killed. Smoke from the explosion was seen over much of the city. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But officials say they suspect Kurdish rebels. Last week, Kurdish militants killed ten soldiers and wounded at least 60 people in a rocket attack on a group of military vehicles in the Southeastern province of Bengal.

US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says poverty, joblessness and government corruption are making young people in the Middle East angry. Mr. Romney told world leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York Tuesday that religious extremism is not the whole story. He says that if he is elected president, he will try to create jobs overseas. That would include sending aid to developing countries that remove trade barriers and open their markets to American investment. President Obama also spoke at the forum. He announced new plans to fight human trafficking which he calls modern slavery. Both the president and Mr. Romney will campaign Wednesday in the mid-west state of Ohio. It is one of several states important to winning the election.

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Chinese President Hu Jintao has put the country’s first aircraft carrier into service. The act raises new concerns about China’s growing military strength. Premier Wen Jiabao and other top officials joined hundreds of navy personnel in the ceremony Tuesday at the northeastern port city of Dalian. China bought the 300m Soviet ship in 1998 from Ukraine. It was repaired at Dalian. It has been renamed Liaoning after China’s northeastern province where the port is located. The Defense Ministry said the aircraft carrier is important in raising the fighting strength of China’s navy.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi spoke to members of the Burmese population in the United States Tuesday. She was hopeful about Burma’s move toward democracy. Thousands of supporters came to see her speak in the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The mid-western city is home to one of the nation’s largest Burmese communities. It is the fourth stop on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 17-day tour. She delivered most of her speech in Burmese. But before she started, the 67-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke English and called the United States the greatest democracy in the world. She also called on the United States to lift trade limits with Burma. The United States has already eased some restrictions on trade with Burma since the country began approving democratic reforms.

Tibetan exiles from around the world are holding talks in Northern India on ways to react to a crisis—Tibetans setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule. Hundreds of delegates met in the Indian town of Dharamsala Tuesday for the start of the Special General Meeting of Tibetans. Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is not taking part in the talks because he has retired from political life. But he will take part in a prayer meeting on Friday—the gathering’s last day. The four-day meeting will center on the religious and political repression faced by Tibetans.

Finally this news:

The United States National Football League or NFL has been using non-regular game judges or referees because of a labor dispute. The disagreement has kept the regular officials off the playing field. The new officials have made a number of poor decisions during the first few weeks of the NFL Season. But the most embarrassing came during Monday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Sea Hawks. With no time left on the clock, the Seattle quarter back threw a pass at a group of players hoping that a teammate would catch the ball. A Green Bay player caught it instead which should have given the packers a win. After reviewing the play, the new officials ruled in favor of Seattle making that team the winner. Most football fans were shocked including President Obama. He called the ruling terrible.

And now, briefly, here again is the major news.

President Barrack Obama has called on world leaders to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism. A Syrian human rights group says Syrian security forces have arrested at least 68 people. And Chinese President Hu Jintao has put the country’s first aircraft carrier into service.

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

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