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WORLD NEWS - Oct 28th, 2012

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Here is the news in Special English. I’m Laura Bowman in Washington.

The Syrian government and opposition activists are blaming one another for a series of deadly attacks during a ceasefire agreed to by both sides. Activists say Syrian forces launched air strikes on Saturday targeting rebels in areas near the capital Damascus. And the government blamed militants for attacks on security forces & for several bombings including a bombing at a religious center in the city of Deir Elzur. United Nations special diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi negotiated the ceasefire so that Syrians can celebrate Eid el-Adha—the Muslim holiday which marks the end of the Hodge pilgrimage to Mecca. The ceasefire began Friday. But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told VOA that more than 50 people were killed in violence on Saturday.

Officials in Iraq say at least 15 people have been killed in a series of explosions and shootings Saturday. The attacks came on the second day of the Muslim holiday Eid el-Adha. Many of the victims were Shiite travelers. A bombing north of the capital Baghdad killed at least five Shiites. They were traveling to a religious center on a bus. Investigators say another explosion at a popular open air market near the capital killed at least five people including several children. Attacks in other areas of Iraq left at least five other people dead. No one has claimed responsibilities for the attacks. Sunni fighters and al-Qaeda militants have targeted Shiites in Iraq in the past.

A large hurricane is headed for the Eastern United States. Weather experts say it could join two winter weather systems to form a super storm which could cause damage in many areas. It could hit up to 60,000,000 people with damaging winds, heavy rains, floods and even snow. Some people could be without electricity for days. The head of the United States Federal Emergency Management System told reporters Saturday the storm threatens both those living on the coast and people living inland. The hurricane is expected to hit the east coast early Tuesday near the state of Delaware. Late Saturday, weather experts said they do not expect the hurricane to weaken before it reaches land. Washington D.C. and the governors of the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina have declared a state of emergency. And President Obama has told Federal officials to be ready to help states if they need it.

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney changed their campaign plan Saturday to avoid that hurricane. Vice President Joe Biden cancelled a plan to campaign in coastal Virginia to permit local officials to prepare for the storm. Mr. Romney also cancelled plans to campaign in Virginia. He did campaign in Florida on Saturday. The storm did not affect that state. Both candidates are urging their supporters to vote early. About ten and a half million people have already voted in those states that permit early voting. The hurricane’s path is being closely watched because the storm could affect early voting in several states.

You are listening to the news in VOA Special English.

Indonesian police say eleven people have been arrested in a suspected plot to attack the American embassy in the capital Jakarta as well as other targets. A national police spokesman said Saturday anti-terror police made arrests in four provinces. The spokesman said the eleven people arrested were part of a new group called the Harakah Sunni Movement for Indonesian Society. He said they were getting ready to launch a series of strikes. But he did not say how close they were to carrying out the attacks. In addition to the American embassy, the spokesman said the targets included an area near the Australian embassy in Jakarta, an office of an American mining company, the American consulate in Surabaya and a police building in Central Java.

A human rights group has urged Burma to protect thousands of Muslims in that country’s west. The request comes after satellite images show communities in the area burned to the ground. The Burmese government said a week of fighting between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Rakhine State has killed 64 people. Earlier the government had estimated that at least 112 people had been killed. Human Rights Watch said Saturday that fears the number of deaths could be much higher based on reports from witnesses fleeing the fighting. The rights group said in June that it had evidence of killings, rape and group arrests of Muslims by Burmese security forces. Burma’s government denies the charges.

Demonstrators in the Chinese city of Ningbo have clashed with police while protesting the proposed expansion of a chemical factory. Protesters say the factory will pollute the area and damage public health. The Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy says at least ten people were injured. The rights group says about 1,000 people clashed with police Friday and Saturday in the district of Zhenhai. It said more than 1,000 armed police blocked the roads during the protest. In July, Chinese officials cancelled an industrial waste project after demonstrators occupied a government office in Southern China.

In South Africa, the Anglo-American Platinum Company has agreed to rehire 12,000 South African miners. The company had dismissed the miners three weeks ago for striking. The National Union of Mineworkers said the company has agreed to let the miners come back if they return to work by Tuesday. The Anglo-American Platinum Company is the world’s biggest platinum producer. Miners in South Africa have organized a series of strikes for better pay in recent months.

And briefly here again is the major news of the hour.

The Syrian government and opposition activists are blaming each other for a series of deadly attacks Saturday during a ceasefire. A large hurricane is headed for the Eastern United States. And demonstrators in the Chinese city of Ningbo clashed with police Friday and Saturday while protesting the proposed expansion of a chemical factory.

And that’s the news in VOA Special English. I’m Laura Bowman in Washington.

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