October 2, 2016
From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm David Byrd reporting.
Relief workers say the largest remaining Syrian hospital in the eastern half of Aleppo was bombed Saturday for the second time in recent days. The attack came as Syrian government forces and their Russian allies pressed a deadly offensive to recapture the entire city.
A spokesman for the Syrian American Medical Society said the M-10 hospital was hit by at least two barrel bombs as physicians performed emergency medical procedures on a small group of patients.
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Monitors from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say about 30 doctors remain to treat 300,000 residents trapped in Aleppo. That's as government forces pressed their offensive Saturday on the edges of a key neighborhood in the northern part of the city.
The monitors say at least 20 people, including six children, were killed in airstrikes elsewhere in the rebel sector of Aleppo.
Residents of Jamaica are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, a massive, powerful storm, making its way through the southern Caribbean.
Matthew, with sustained winds of 230 kilometers per hour, is the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean in nine years.
Andrew Holness is Jamaica's prime minister: "What we have control over is our ability to prepare and ??? we are firmly to review that our preparation can reduce mass of life and damage to property and treasure."
Forecasters have issued a hurricane watch for portions of Haiti. Cuba has declared a state of emergency in five provinces.
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Pope Francis rounded up his visit to Georgia Saturday with a trip to a historic town and another meeting with the Georgian Patriarch Ilia II.
Speaking at the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, the seat of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Francis told the patriarch that he hoped for reconciliation between all Christians, Catholic and Orthodox alike.
He said "I sincerely assure you of my prayers so that the Lord, who makes all things new, through the intercession of the Holy Brothers and Apostles Peter and Andrew, of the Martyrs and of all the Saints, may deepen the love between all believers in Christ and the enlightened pursuit of everything which brings us together, reconciles us and unites us."
Earlier, the pontiff said Mass at Tbilisi's main stadium. A small turnout of about 3,000 people attended after the Orthodox patriarch said that Orthodox believers should not worship with Catholics.
Francis leaves on Sunday for a day-long stop in overwhelmingly Muslim Azerbaijan before returning to Rome.
At least two people were killed and six others wounded when a car bomb exploded near a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday afternoon.
A security official told VOA Somali Service that a white Toyota Corolla filled with explosives was detonated outside the Blue Sky restaurant.
The restaurant is used by civilians and security forces who work at a nearby prison that's run by Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency.
Shortly after the attack, the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab terror group took responsibility. In a statement, the group said that it carried out the attack to strike at guards who work at the nearby prison.
U.S. President Barack Obama has urged the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to provide paid sick leave for people who do not have it.
During his weekly media address, the president said that many households need paid sick leave because both parents have to work in order to survive.
"Today, having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families. But right now, millions of Americans don't have access to even a single day of paid sick leave."
The president's comments come two days after the U.S. Labor Department finalized rules requiring federal government contractors to provide sick leave for up to seven days per year.
The White House says a record share of private sector workers have access to paid sick leave but nearly 600,000 employees do not.
For more on these stories and the rest of the day's news, visit our website voanews.com. I'm David Byrd in Washington.
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