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Hi, I'm Carl Azuz.

Welcome to our November 1 edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

Today is the first deadline for Syria regarding its chemical weapons program.

International officials say the country is on target.

Syria's civil war started more than 2.5 years ago.

It's not over.

Government troops and rebel forces were fighting yesterday.

But Syria is following an international agreement to get rid of its chemical weapons.

Today's deadline was about destroying equipment at chemical weapons facilities.

Inspectors say that happened on time.

But they couldn't get to two of the sites, because they were considered too dangerous.

Syria says those sites are abandoned and empty, but inspectors say they can't be sure, so they only certified the sites they went to.

The next deadline for this mission is in two weeks.

By November 15th, the inspection agency has to approve Syria's plan for how it will destroy its supply of chemical weapons.

And please turn off all cellular phones and other electronic devices.

Sounds familiar?

On U.S. flights, passengers can't use electronic devices during takeoff and landing, but that rule is getting grounded.

The Federal Aviation Administration says airlines can let passengers use smartphones, tablets or laptops throughout the flight.

The devices have to be in airplane mode, and you still cannot make phone calls.

Plus, airlines can ask passengers to turn off their devices in certain situations.

The old thinking was that the devices were a safety issue.

The concern was about radio signals interfering with the plane systems.

Newer studies show most planes can't handle the interference.

Airlines will have to prove that to the FAA before they can put the new rules into effect.

The first two days of November mark two holidays celebrated around the world.

November 1st, All Saints Day, November 2, Day of the Dead.

We'll start with All Saints Day.

The meaning of the holiday is right there in the name.

It's the celebration of all Christian saints.

In Christianity, a saint is someone who is officially recognized as very holy because of how he or she lived.

There's not one definitive explanation for how or when All Saints Day started, but we do know that Pope Gregory IV made it an authorized holiday starting in the 9 century.

Many Christians celebrate the day after All Saints Day as All Souls Day, when people pray for friends and relatives who have died.

It's the same basic idea as the Day of the Dead.

That holiday is mostly celebrated in Mexico, although other parts of Latin American and Mexican-American communities in the U.S. have celebrations as well.

In Spanish, the holiday is called Dia de los Muertos.

It's not supposed to be a sad or a scary occasion, the ideas to honor dead loved ones and to think about death is a natural part of life.

People often celebrate in their homes, making altars with pictures and special objects from their loved ones.

Sculls and skeletons are common symbols of the Day of the Dead, but they are often used in light-hearted ways.

100 points in a single NBA game.

Wilt Chamberlain. Seven career no hitters, Noland Ryan, 208 career touchdowns, Jerry Rice.

Sports are filled with records and with athletes trying to set new ones.

Off the coast of Portugal, one surfer just took on a mammoth wave, whether or not he set a record, is up for some debate.

It's the big wave seen around the world.
 

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