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October 28, 2018

This is VOA news. I'm David Byrd in Washington.



A man yelling "all these Jews must die" burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue during Sabbath services Saturday, shooting indiscriminately and killing 11 congregants.

AP's Ben Thomas has details.



"This was a baby-naming ceremony ...."

President Trump told a campaign rally in Indianapolis the shooter's motivation was clear.

"This was an anti-Semitic act ...."

"Today, the nightmare has hit home here in the city of Pittsburgh."

Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich put the death toll at 11 but added among the victims, "There were no children."

FBI Special Agent in Charge Bob Jones identified the suspect as Robert Bowers.

"At this point, we have no knowledge that Bowers was known to law enforcement before today."

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says, "The shooting is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime."

As for punishment, President Trump told reporters earlier in the day "When people do this, they should get the death penalty and shouldn't have ...."

I'm Ben Thomas.



A man accused of sending more than a dozen bombs to prominent Democrats, including two former presidents, will make his first court appearance next week.

AP's July Walker reports.

Cesar Sayoc's arrest on Friday caught on ???. He was IDed by a fingerprint on one of the bombs he mailed. In addition, misspellings he made on the packages match those in his tweets, according to authorities.

Cesar Sayoc is no stranger to law enforcement. The amateur bodybuilder and former stripper once spent time on probation for a bomb threat, was charged with steroid possession and repeatedly arrested for theft.

Sayoc appeared to be living in his van which was plastered with messages of hate toward Democrats and CNN.

The 56-year-old first registered as a Republican voter two years ago and quickly identified himself as a proud Trump supporter, posting pictures and video of himself at events.

I'm July Walker.



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The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany discussed the war in Syria at a summit Saturday, reiterating calls for a U.N.-backed political process to end the war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.

A final statement on Saturday from the four leaders also calls for the convening of a committee by the end of the year to work on constitutional reform as a prelude to free and fair elections in Syria.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said the four leaders made it clear they would not tolerate any use of chemical weapons. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country maintains the right to actively support the decisive decision of the Syrian government in liquidating what he called a terrorist threat.

Russia and Iran back the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Western countries, including the United States and Turkey, have been helping insurgents trying to remove him from power.



The U.N. refugee agency says it is giving millions of dollars in cash to more than 150,000 of the most vulnerable people displaced by more than three years of civil war in Yemen.

We get details from Lisa Schlein in Geneva.

UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic says his agency is providing vulnerable people displaced by the war with money they can use as they see fit as the best way to help them meet their immediate survival needs.

Mahecic says many of the estimated 2.7 million displaced people have depleted all their resources.

"The selected families receive cash to cover their immediate protection needs, for example life-saving medical treatments and subsidies that help families avoid evictions and secure a roof over their heads."

He says the agency aims to distribute a total of more than $41 million before the end of the year.

Lisa Schlein, for VOA news, Geneva.



Voters in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar cast ballots Saturday in parliamentary elections that were delayed one week after the assassination of the province's police chief.

During two days of voting last weekend, at least 50 people were killed in about 250 Taliban insurgent attacks throughout the country.



Election material was being distributed Saturday to voting centers around Brazil ahead of Sunday's presidential election.

Some 147 million people will decide between far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad from the leftist Workers' Party.

A new poll released Saturday showed that Bolsonaro had a double digit lead over Haddad.

The MDA public poll published by the transportation lobby, CNT, showed Bolsonaro have 56.8 percent of the voter support compared to Haddad's 43.2.



For more on these stories, visit our website. I'm David Byrd, VOA news