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WORLD NEWS - Oct 24th, 2012

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

A Syrian rights group says government warplanes have attacked a rebel-held northern town. The opposition Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday’s air strikes targeted Maaret al-Numan. Rebels seized the town earlier this month cutting a highway linking the capital Damascus with Syria’s northern financial city Aleppo. The observatory also said Syrian rebels battled government forces in a nearby military base. Rebels have been attacking the base for days. The rights group said neither government nor rebel forces appear to be making any preparations to begin a ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Ten Afghan security forces have been killed in fighting with Taliban militants in the western province of Herat. The fighting began when the Taliban attacked police vehicles. NATO coalition leaders said three Afghan civilians were killed during an operation Sunday in Logar Province. But the officials said rebels were also killed during the attack. Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack. He said four children had been killed.

Israeli air forces killed 3 members of the Hamas group in an air strike Tuesday. Many others were wounded. The wounded were brought to a hospital in the northern city of Beit Lahia. Officials say the air strike was in answer to Palestinian attacks including a bomb blast earlier Tuesday that seriously wounded an Israeli soldier patrolling Israel’s border fence with Gaza. The Palestinian group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.

A manager at a factory in Cambodia has been sent back to China after almost causing a riot. A Cambodian court found Wang Jiachao guilty of insulting the monarchy when she destroyed two photographs of former King Norodom Sihanouk. Government lawyers say she tore the photos. They say she was angry that Cambodian workers were looking at them instead of working. Ms. Wang apologized to the court. She said she did not know that the photographs were of the man that many in Cambodia still call King Father. Immediately following the incident Monday, more than 1,000 workers gathered to demand her arrest. Police say if they had not gotten to the factory quickly, Ms. Wang’s life might have been in danger.

Burmese security forces have moved into Western Burma trying to end clashes between Buddhists and ethnic Rohingya Muslims. The Chief Justice of Rakhine state told VOA that three people had died and more than 600 homes were burned to the ground. Officials say the violence in Western Rakhine State began Sunday in a small town and then spread.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

A South African company has fired 8,500 miners who refused an order to end an illegal strike and return to work. The Gold Fields Mining Company said the miners worked at its KDC East Mine near Johannesburg. The company said the workers had 24 hours to appeal their dismissals.

The United Nations is warning that huge groups of the insects called locusts could threaten crops and land in Northwestern Africa. The Food and Agriculture Organization says good summer rains provided the right conditions for populations of desert locusts to grow. The FAO says the locust population has increased two and a half times in Chad, Mali and Niger. An official says the locusts will probably move soon to Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco.

Russian investigators say they have charged an opposition activist with planning riots. Russia’s Investigations Committee has charged Leonid Razvozzhayev a senior leader of the Just Russia Party. Government lawyers say Mr. Razvozzhayev voluntarily went to the police and admitted he was involved in organizing mass disturbances in Russia. But, his supporters say, he was kidnapped while in Ukraine, forced to return to Russia and tortured into confessing. Russia’s Investigative Committee rejects the claims. The Kiev Office of the United Nations Refugee Agency confirmed Monday that Mr. Razvozzhayev disappeared after registering with the agency last week.

The Bank of Spain says the country’s economy is still shrinking. Measures of the Spanish economy fell by 0.4% from June to September. More than 25% of Spanish workers do not have jobs. But so far, Prime Minister Mariana Rajoy has not been willing to ask the European Central Bank for a loan.

In Greece, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is trying to reach agreement on a new spending plan demanded by international lenders. The new spending plan must be approved before Greece receives any more money from the country’s second rescue loan. The Greek government says it needs money before November 16th.

A team of biologists at Duke University in North Carolina has named a kind of plant after pop music performer Lady Gaga. The plant is a fern now called Gaga. It is found in Central and South America, Mexico and the southwestern American states of Arizona and Texas. Duke University biology professor Katharine Pryor says the team decided to name the plants for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression. But Professor Pryor says the decision was also made because the plant and Lady Gaga look alike. The Duke scientists say they are fans of Lady Gaga and often play her music while they are working in their lab.

Briefly, here again is the major news for this hour.

A Syrian rights group says government warplanes have attacked a rebel-held northern town. Israeli air forces killed three members of the Hamas group in an air strike Tuesday. And this late news: a huge fire was reported early Wednesday after explosions at an ammunitions factory near Sudan’s capital Kartoum. Witnesses reportedly heard explosions late at night before the fire began.

That’s the news in VOA Special English.

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