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The White House submitted a formal request to congress for authorization to use military force in Syria. This after president Obama announced today he will seek congressional approval for a limited strike on Syria in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack on neighborhoods outside Damascus. NPR's Tamara Keith reports republican leaders in the House say they'll take up the measure the week of September 9th.
In a statement, House GOP leaders say they are glad president Obama seeking authorization, and that by waiting until the week of September 9th, he'll have more time to make his case to both congress and the American people. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a California democrat also says the president is doing the right thing.
"This is the democracy, and under the democracy, you know, the voices in the will of people need to be heard do their congressional representatives."
Many in congress, and in the American public, remain skeptical of intervening in Syria. Others who support military involvement, say the president should have gone around congress and that waiting in other week and a half is mistake. But in a statement, senator minority leader Mitch McConnell says a quote, the president's role as commander in chief, is always strengthened when he enjoys the express support of the congress. Tamara Keith NPR News.
NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Beirut. He tells us Syria's opposition rebels were hoping for more immediate action.
We are getting some reaction from the Syrian opposition and from the rebels. Abu Arfman , who's a leader of rebel brigade in Damascus suburbs，we reached him by a Skype. He said, he's trying to put a good face on it, he says there is still hopeful that the strike will take place as just matter of time. But he also emphasized that any delay is greatly increasing pressure on the rebels. The upper hand has been with the Syrian army lately and there could be a move not trying to consolidate that advantage.
President Obama's address today was televised on Syrian state media with translation.
In Florida's Panhandle, some what grewsome investigation is underway. It now closed reform school. It's been led by a forensic anthropologist. NPR's Greg Allen reports researchers hope to recover unidentified remains of dozens of boys.
During the 100 years was open, the Dozier School for Boys became the terrorist in Florida for the harsh treatment residents received there. Florida and the US justice department are finding in an investigation, that will see to determine who's in 50 unmarked graves and how they died. University of South Florida, forensic anthropologist, Erin Kimmerle says, the driving forces behind the investigation though, are the families.
"There are sobbing families asking for repatriation and to have their brothers and uncles, exhumed and ultimately buried next to their mothers and in family plots."
Researchers are creating a database or compared DNA of the recovered remains, with family's boys known to have died at the school. Greg Allen NPR News, Orlando.
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In China, at least 15 people are dead after a liquid ammonia leaked from a cold storage plant in the financial hub of Shanghai. Industrial accidents are common in China because of lack safety in building standards.
The US embassy in the Philippine is warning that the threat of violence and kidnapping foreigner is rising in the southern part of the country. As Simone Orendain reports from Manila today's warning follows bombings in the region several weeks ago.
The warning urges US citizens to use extreme caution when they travel to the Zamboanga Peninsula and the rest of Mindanao. It refers to increased tensions due to recent bombings. In late July and early August, 18 people died and dozens were injured in several bombings in commercial areas and on main roads in Mindanao. Last week, the Philippine military's chief of staff, confirmed a new group alleged retrying to form Islamic state was behind at least one attack. The Philippine says in the final stage is forging a permanent peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group based in the South. Negotiators say the bombers are trying to derail the talks. For NPR News, I'm Simone Orendain in Manila.
Endurance athlete Diana Nyad is once again trying to swim the Florida strait from Cuba to Key West. She was forced to abandon her last attempt because of jellyfish stings. This time she's wearing a silicone mask, a full body suit, gloves and booties. Before taking off earlier today, Nyad said she fell prepared.
"I'm ready and the jellyfish protection that we've spoken about, move better than it's ever been. I think it's going to help me get through those animals."
Nyad said she is expected to take about 18 hours to swim the nearly 110 miles of shark and jellyfish infested waters.
I'm Barbara Klein, NPR News in Washington.