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WORLD NEWS - Oct 5th, 2012

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

The Turkish Parliament has voted to permit further military operations outside its borders. The vote came after Turkish military forces struck Syrian targets on Thursday. That attack was in answer to Syrian mortars Wednesday that killed five civilians in Turkey. Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said the one year-measure is not a declaration of war. He said it is to convince Syria not to take action against Turkey.

Defense Department officials say American investigators have visited Benghazi in Eastern Libya for the first time since an attack on the American consulate there last month. The American ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack. A Defense Department spokesman said a Federal Bureau of investigation team spent several hours in Benghazi on Thursday. American troops provided transportation and security. Libyan security officials said the FBI team inspected the damaged consulate building and collected evidence. It remains unclear why American investigators did not visit Benghazi earlier.

The Russian government says it was not involved with people charged with spying in the United States. American officials have arrested eleven people. Some of them are from Russia and other former Soviet States. The officials believe the eleven illegally sent high-technology military equipment to Russia. The American Justice Department says between 2008 and this year, the suspects sent advanced equipment to Russia. The department says they worked with an electronics company in the state of Texas and used false papers to avoid export controls.

The Indian cabinet has approved changes to the country’s business rules to try to get the economy moving. The cabinet on Thursday said it would permit foreign investment in insurance companies to increase from 26 to 49%. Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced the cabinet’s approval of the measures and urged parliament to approve them. After the reforms were announced, the Bombay Stock Exchange Index passed 19,000. That is the highest level in 15 months. And the Indian rupee rose to its strongest level against the dollar since April.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Chinese state media say a landslide buried 16 elementary school students in the Southwestern province of Yunnan early Thursday. Three people are missing. The official Xinhua News Agency said the landslide hit the school and destroyed it along with two farmhouses in Zhenhe village. It also blocked a river and forced 800 people to leave the area. Normally the students would not have been attending classes because China is in the middle of a week-long national holiday. But officials say the children were making up classes that were cancelled after an earthquake last month. Eighty-one people died in that earthquake and more than 200,000 people were displaced.

Sources have told VOA’s Tibetan Service that a 43-year-old poet and blogger named Gudrup set himself on fire Thursday. The sources say it happened in Dreru, Tibetpart of the area that China calls the Tibet Autonomous Region. Witnesses said Gudrup was badly burned when he was brought to a hospital. A doctor later told them that he had died. But officials are so far refusing to release his body to his family. In March, Gudrup wrote on his blog about the anti-China protests that happened in southwestern China and Tibet. He said Tibetans who refused to denounce his holiness the Dalai Lama or accept China’s rule on Tibet are secretly killed or made to disappear. The Tibetan government in exile says fifty-one Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest Chinese rule.

Four energy companies say they will build a natural gas pipeline in the American state of Alaska and move liquefied natural gas to Asia. Officials from Exxson Mobil, ConocoPhilips, BP and TransCanada spoke to Alaska officials late Wednesday. They said the pipeline would almost be 1,300km long. The energy companies said the project could cost from $45 to 65billion and would take ten years to build.

Health officials in the United States say a contaminated steroid suspected of causing five fatal cases of rare fugal meningitis may have been given to thousands of people. The company that made the medicine has been shut down. The United States Centers for Disease Control found medicine at the company that was contaminated with a fungus. They are investigating to determine if it is the same fungus that caused the meningitis cases. Thirty-five people in six eastern states who received the steroid for back pain have been infected. Five of them have died. The CDC believes thousands of people in 23 states may have received the contaminated steroids. It could take up to one month for people to develop symptoms.

The website Facebook says it now has 1billion active users. That is twice as many as it had two years ago. Facebook released a statement Thursday that said the company reached the mark in the middle of September. Experts say almost half of the people in the world who use the Internet use Facebook. They communicate with friends, family members and co-workers. They post their photographs. They discuss politics and religion. More than 80% of the users live outside North America.

Briefly, here again is the top news.

The Turkish parliament has voted to permit further military operations outside its borders in answer to a deadly mortar attack from Syria on a Turkish town. American investigators have visited Benghazi, Libya, for the first time since a deadly attack on the American consulate there last month. And the Russian government says it was not involved with people who have been charged with spying in the United States.

And that’s the news in VOA Special English from Washington.

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