October 3, 2016
From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm David DeForest reporting.
Syrian government forces advanced in the city of Aleppo Sunday. They are trying to capture a section of the city being held by opposition forces.
Syrian state media report the army promised rebels safe passage to leave eastern Aleppo.
More than 50 people were killed in Ethiopia's Oromiya region when police fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse anti-government protesters at a religious festival.
The tear gas caused panic and triggered a stampede Sunday. Local officials reported that 52 people had been killed.
Hungarians overwhelmingly rejected the European Union migrant quotas for their country in an non-binding referendum Sunday.
According to the data posted on the website of Hungary's National Election Office, with almost 95 percent of the votes counted, over 98 percent cast their ballots against EU quotas.
Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain will formally start the process of leaving the European Union by the end of March, 2017.
"... we look beyond our continent and to the opportunities in the wider world. In which we win trade agreements with old friends and new partners. In which Britain is always the most passionate, most consistent, most convincing advocate for free trade." :Theresa May.
Brazil's Workers' Party, or PT, is expecting a loss Sunday when Brazilians vote in the first local elections since President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment.
Voters are electing mayors and city councils. Now according to national polls, the PT is poised to suffer a major defeat.
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Opponents [of peace] in a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, were unexpectedly leading by a razor thin margin as officials reported nearly complete results from Sunday's referendum.
With less than ten percent of the ballots still to be counted, Colombia's election authority declared Sunday evening that the "No" side was ahead by two-tenths of a percentage point 50.1 to 49.9.
The close contest was a shock for analysts after pre-referendum polls had shown the "Yes" side with support from as many as 60 percent of Colombians.
Reporter Celia Mendoza says there was opposition to the treaty. "You have a group of people that don't want the guerrillas to be able to have a lot of their conditions that they require during this peace process. Some of them will be forgiven from some of their crimes. Some of them have the opportunity to act with the part of the government as the political party. They are guaranteed some of the posts in Congress and the Senate. And many others will receive funds from the government to be able to restart a life in the civil society." :Celia Mendoza.
The referendum comes six days after a final peace agreement between the government and the national guerrilla movement was signed, bringing an end to the longest-running insurgency in the western hemisphere.
The New York Times says U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, which nay have allowed Trump "to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years."
The newspaper said it had consulted tax experts who saw nothing illegal in the Trump tax documents. VOA's Michael Bowman says this latest report may not torpedo the Trump candidacy.
This is someone who seems to defy political gravity. There appears to be a core of his supporters that are with him no matter what he says, no matter what is revealed and this go somewhat against the laws of politics that you and I are accustomed to seeing. Nothing has really sunk him today. Well, any of this sink him, I just don't know but I have my doubts.
[Reporting] Responding to the report Sunday, Trump tweeted "I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them." (end of quote)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the world's Jewish community Sunday for comparing his war on drug traffickers to the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.
Duterte said Friday "Hitler massacred three-million Jews. There's three million drug addicts. I'd be happy to slaughter them."
He admitted his comments last week left a "bad taste" in many mouths.
In Washington, I'm David DeForest.
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