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VOA English Newscast: 2000 UTC October 5, 2015

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Oct. 4, 2015, an aerial view of a bomb explosion in Syria.
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NATO demands an explanation for Russian air incursions.

Turkey has reported multiple incursions by Russian fighter jets into its airspace over two days. Turkish planes escorted the Russian jets from territory along the Syrian border after the breaches on October 3 and 4. A Russian official is blaming poor weather conditions for the incident.

Here is Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.

“Russia’s actions are not contributing to the security and the stability of the region. I call on Russia to fully respect NATO airspace and to avoid escalating tensions.”

NATO member Turkey warned that Russia would be "responsible for any undesired incident" if another breach takes place.

The Afghan military called for the American airstrike against Taliban fighters at a hospital in Kunduz that killed 22 medical workers and patients. That word comes from U.S. Army General John Campbell, the top commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan.

The general told reporters at the Pentagon Monday he was correcting an earlier statement that the U.S. bombardment was intended to defend American forces under fire.

The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries reached agreement Monday on a free trade partnership. That pact will lower trade barriers and set commercial rules for 40 percent of the world economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed in Atlanta, Georgia.

Liberian Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan has resigned, saying he wants to be a participant in the coming 2017 presidential and general elections. He has served the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government for 10 years in various capacities, as finance minister, director of Budget and foreign minister.

This is VOA News.


Words in the News

incursion(s) – n. a sudden attack or invasion

multiple – adj. more than one

jet(s) – n. an airplane powered by one or more jet engines

escorted – v. to go with someone or something to provide protection

breach(es) – n. a hole or opening in something

contributing – v. giving something to help other people, a cause or group

stability – n. the state of something that is not likely to change

region – n. an area

escalating – adj. rising in intensity

bombardment – n. a continuous attack with bombs, shells or missiles

intended – adj. planned or meant

commercial – adj. relating to business, the act of selling or buying

participant – n. someone who takes part in something

various – adj. different

capacities – n. the ability or power to do something

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