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   BBC News with Marion Marshall.

   Reports from the Syrian city Hama say government tanks have been shelling residential neighborhoods indiscriminately. They said the shelling intensified just as residents were breaking the dawn-to-dusk fast, on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Activists said at least four people have been killed. On Sunday, scores of people were reported killed when security forces targeted opposition protesters. The UN Security Council is due to hold closed-door consultations on Syria in New York shortly. Lina Sinjab reports from Damascus, on the fear in Hama that’s preventing some families from burying their dead as they wish.

   The shelling resumed today on parts of Hama, leaving several people dead, according to residents of the city. Heavily artillery and machineguns were also used in this morning’s attack. Some families buried their dead in parks and even in the gardens of their own homes.

   The United States Senate and the House of Representatives are due to vote on a bill to raise the limit on US borrowing ahead of a deadline to avert an unprecedented debt default. Democratic and Republican party leaders in Washington reached an agreement later on Sunday on the proposal to raise the 14.3 trillion-dollar limit. Global financial markets have been nervous over the prospect that the US might not have enough money to meet its financial obligations. Paul Adams reports from Washington.

   The business of selling Sunday’s bill has begun, but politicians are holding their noses even as they urge colleagues to support it. In the Senate, the majority leader Harry Reid said he was not proud of the rancorous process that led to it, but he held it up as the example of American democracy at work.

  “No one got what they wanted. Everyone have to give something up. People on the right are upset, people on the left are upset, people in the middle are upset, it was a compromise. ”

   The raise, as Mr. Reid says, plenty for everyone to dislike. The President has not been able to get the Republicans to agree to tax increases. The Republicans have had to agree to a longer extension of the debt ceiling than they wanted. And both sides know that of they fail to agree on a spending plan by the end of November, then domestic social programs and defense will face automatic cuts worth of 1.2 trillion dollars.

   The Turkish Foreign Minister has joined the mourners in Norway to pay tribute to Gizem Dogan, a younger of Turkish origin, who was one of those killed in Norway’s twin attacks. At the funeral in Trondheim, Ahmet Davutoglu pledged to work more for democracy, tolerance and openness. His sentiments echoed those expressed earlier at a special session of the Norwegian Parliament in Oslo. The Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said the Norwegian people would find a way through darkness. The only suspect Anders Behring Breivik has admitted carrying out the attacks which he says when necessary, in order to wake up the country to the threat, he claims, posed by increased immigration.

   You’re listening to the latest World News from the BBC.

   The United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Valerie Amos has warned that the food crisis in the Horn of Africa is intensifying with over 12 million people in dire need of help. Valerie Amos said she feared that the famine could spread to five or six more regions of war-torn Somalia unless with massive increase of aid.

   “A little less than two weeks ago, we declared the famine in two regions in Somalia. Today, we are warning that unless we see a massive increase in response, the famine would spread to five or six more regions. Tens of thousands of Somalis have already died and hundreds of thousands face starvation with consequences for the entire region. ”

   The authorities in Italy say they found the bodies of twenty-five people in the hold of a boat on the Italian island of Lampedusa. The officials say that the victims, all young men, were believed to be from sub-Saharan Africa. According to survivors, the 15-metre boat was carrying nearly 300 people and it set out from Libya two days ago.

   Egyptian troops have moved to Tahrir Square in the capital Cairo to remove protesters. Several hundred people have been camped out in the capital’s main square for over three weeks complaining about the speed of reforms following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in February. But retired General …told the BBC it was impossible to meet the protesters’ every demand.

   “All the bigheads …until now, Mr. Mubarak will be in the court the day after tomorrow, the constitution has been thrown completely and the new constitution’s coming on the way. The Cabinet has been shuffled for four times since the revolution. The idea of having a new list everyday for more than 140 political groups and religious groups is nonsense. How can you deal with that? ”

   The former President Mubarak is due to stand trial on Wednesday on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters.

   BBC News.
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