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Afghan forces called for air strike in Kunduz: U.S. general

Afghan staff react inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital after an air strike in the city of Kunduz, AfghanistanBy Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghan forces asked for U.S. air support while fighting the Taliban in Kunduz shortly before an air strike resulted in the deaths of civilians there, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday. U.S. Army General John Campbell's comments fell short of squarely acknowledging U.S. responsibility for an air strike that killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Saturday.

Car bomb attacks kill 57 people in Iraq: police

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 57 people were killed on Monday in car bomb attacks in Baghdad and the north and south of Iraq, police and medical sources said. One attack took place near a crowded market in the town of Khalis, about 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad, killing 35 people, police said. "The driver begged police to be allowed to park his vehicle in order to buy medication from a nearby pharmacy and five minutes later it (the bomb) went off and caused huge destruction," police captain Mohammed al-Tamimi said. ...

NATO denounces Russian incursion into Turkish air space

Putin and Erdogan meet in MoscowBy Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The United States and its NATO allies denounced Russia on Monday for violating Turkish air space along the frontier with Syria, and Ankara threatened to respond if provoked again, raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the Cold War enemies. NATO held an emergency meeting of ambassadors of its 28 member states to respond to what Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called "unacceptable violations of Turkish air space" after Turkey said a Russian jet had crossed its frontier. ...

Taliban claim responsibility for suicide attack in Kabul

The Taliban claimed responsibility for what it said was a suicide attack against an intelligence center in Kabul on Monday, shortly after explosions and gunfire were heard in a western area of the Afghan capital. Earlier an Afghan security source said two gunmen had attacked the house of a tribal elder in Kabul and an adjacent building belonging to a former governor of the southern Helmand province. The attack came days after the Taliban captured the northern provincial capital of Kunduz in one of its biggest military victories in 14 years of conflict.

Russia says its planes attack 10 IS targets in 15 sorties in Syria

Frame grab shows a Russian air force jet taxiing on the tarmac of Heymim air base in SyriaMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian air force planes flew 15 sorties over Syria on Monday, destroying Islamic State tanks and artillery positions, the Russian defence ministry said. "Air strikes were carried out on ten targets," the ministry said in a statement. Around 20 Islamic State tanks and three artillery positions were destroyed in Homs province, the ministry added. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

U.S. slaps sanctions on four militants including Islamic state backers

The United States said on Monday it had imposed sanctions on four people affiliated with Islamic State and another militant group, including two Russian nationals and a Briton. The U.S. Treasury Department said three Islamic State supporters and a member of the so-called Caucasus Emirate were designated as foreign terrorists. The designations allow the U.S. government to freeze their assets and bars U.S. citizens from dealing with them.

60 mn people in sub-Saharan Africa risk famine: Red Cross

IFRC warned that a series of climatic shocks in 2014 and 2015 had decimated harvests and left many people in Gambia, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Senegal and Zimbabwe dependent on food aid to surviveSome 60 million people across sub-Saharan Africa are already going hungry and the situation could deteriorate dramatically as climate phenomena hike the risk of drought, the Red Cross said Monday. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned that a series of climatic shocks in 2014 and 2015 had decimated harvests and left many people in Gambia, Mauritania, Malawi, Namibia, Senegal and Zimbabwe dependent on food aid to survive. Floods and drought had dramatically reduced maize production, the regional staple, in southern Africa, while the region was also hit by erratic rainfall, failed crops and violence.

Chile rocked by 6.0 magnitude quake, no injuries reported

Just last month,an 8.3 earthquake hit Chile, prompting the evacuation of a million people some 445 km north of Santiago, the damage of which can be seen in this picture of the northern port of Coquimbo on September 17, 2015An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Moment magnitude scale shook central Chile Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, the country's National Emergency Office said. The epicenter was in the same area that was hit by an 8.3 magnitude quake on September 16, which triggered a tsunami that killed 15 people and drove 16,000 from their homes. The US Geological Service said Monday's quake's measured 6.0 on the Moment magnitude scale, while Chile's National Seismological Center said it measured 6.1 on the Richter scale.

The Latest: Israeli PM vows "heavy hand against terrorism"

An Israeli soldier stands by a vehicle during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Israeli troops shot and wounded at least 18 Palestinians in violence during an arrest raid in the Jenin refugee camp, a Palestinian hospital director said. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in ongoing tensions between Palestinians and Israel following days of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank (all times local).

Guatemala bribe scandal fugitive surrenders

A police officer shows a wanted poster with the picture of Juan Carlos Monzon, alleged leader of a customs corruption network, during a press conference at police headquarters in Guatemala City on June 20, 2015The alleged mastermind of a bribery scheme that forced the resignation last month of Guatemala's president turned himself into authorities Monday after nearly six months on the run, the public prosecutor's office said. Juan Carlos Monzon surrendered at the Supreme Court in downtown Guatemala City to face charges of conspiracy, customs fraud and passive bribery, said a spokeswoman for the court. Monzon, a private secretary to vice president Roxana Baldetti, allegedly devised a scheme known as "la linea" in which importers bypassed customs duties in return for bribes.

S.Africa seeks more time from ICC to explain Bashir saga

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir waves as he arrives in Khartoum from Johannesburg on June 15, 2015 after a court ordered him not to leave South Africa as it decided whether to arrest him over alleged war crimesThe South African government said Monday it had asked for more time from the International Criminal Court to explain why it defied an order to arrest Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir. The Hague-based ICC had given South Africa until October 5 to defend its failure to arrest Bashir when he arrived in the country to attend an African Union summit in June. Bashir is wanted by the ICC for alleged war crimes related to the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Accused leader of Guatemala corruption ring turns himself in

Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, the personal secretary of former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, appears before a court after he turned himself in to authorities in Guatemala City, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Monzon is accused by authorities of being the head of a corruption ring, known as "La Linea," in which businesses allegedly paid kickbacks to government officials in exchange for lower import duties, which is believed to have bilked the government of millions of dollars. The corruption scandal has rocked the Guatemalan government and so far has caused the resignation of former President Otto Perez Molina and Baldetti, both jailed and facing charges for allegedly receiving the illegal payments. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, the alleged leader of a customs corruption scandal that has rocked the Guatemalan government, has turned himself into authorities, officials said Monday.

Uncapped Berardi pulls out of Italy squad with injury

Antonio Conte, coach of the Italian national soccer team, walks on the field during a training session ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifying match against Azerbaijan, at the Coverciano center, near Florence, Italy, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Forward Domenico Berardi has pulled out of the Italy squad with an injury, two days after receiving his first senior international call-up for the upcoming European Champions qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Norway.

Ethiopia's Hailemariam re-elected prime minister

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minster's palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 18, 2014Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was re-elected as prime minister Monday for a second term in widely expected result with the ruling coalition holding all seats in parliament. The 50-year-old Hailemariam has overseen a smooth transition in the vast Horn of Africa nation since he took over in 2012 on the death of strongman Meles Zenawi. Hailemariam was unanimously elected by the House of People's Representatives, the lower house of parliament, by all 547-members of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), who won all the seats in parliament in elections in May.

South Africa takes winning 2-0 lead after crowd disruption

Water bottles thrown by spectators lie on the ground as the second Twenty20 cricket match between India and South Africa is disrupted in Cuttack, India, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Swapan Mahapatra/Press Trust of India via AP)INDIA OUTCUTTACK, India (AP) — Crowd trouble stretched the game but South Africa finally prevailed by six wickets to take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-game Twenty20 series against India on Monday.

Meyer stands by S. Africa side for USA clash

South Africa's head coach Heyneke Meyer gives a press conference on October 5, 2015 at the Lensbury Hotel in TeddingtonSouth Africa coach Heyneke Meyer stuck with the bulk of his side for their final World Cup Pool B match against the United States at London's Olympic Stadium on Wednesday. Meyer made just two,injury-enforced changes, to the team that beat Scotland 34-16 in Newcastle last weekend. Lwazi Mvovo takes over from JP Pietersen, with Bryan Habana moving across to the right wing.

Morocco bans first ever beer festival

The authorities in Casablanca have pulled the plug on Morocco's first ever beer festivalThe authorities in Casablanca have pulled the plug on Morocco's first ever beer festival, claiming "non-compliance" by the organisers with the law. "Following media announcements about a beer festival in Casablanca, the authorities have asked the organisers to stop their publicity campaign immediately and cancel the event," a statement said. It said the ban was being imposed "because of non-compliance by the company with legal rules and procedures in this area".

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel prize in medicine went Monday to three scientists hailed as "heroes in the truest sense of the word" for saving millions of lives with the creation of the world's leading malaria-fighting drug and another that has nearly wiped out two devastating tropical diseases. Tu Youyou — the first-ever Chinese medicine laureate — turned to ancient texts to produce artemesinin, a drug that is now the top treatment for malaria. Inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, Tu discovered that a compound from the wormwood plant was highly effective against the malaria parasite, while working on a project for the Chinese military during the Cultural Revolution.

Morkel stars as South Africa win India T20 series

South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis (L) congratulates Albie Morkel for taking the wicket of India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar during the second T20 at The Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on October 5, 2015Seamer Albie Morkel led the way with three for 12 as South Africa thumped India by six wickets in the violence-hit second Twenty20 match in Cuttack on Monday to clinch the series. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir and seamer Chris Morris chipped in with two wickets each as India were skittled for a paltry 92 after being sent in to bat on a pitch of inconsistent bounce at the Barabati stadium. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had South Africa struggling at 49-3 after removing Hashim Amla (two), skipper Faf du Plessis (16) and danger man AB de Villiers (19) in his four-over spell.

Afghan forces called for hospital air strike, US general says

Afghan MSF medical personnel treat civilians injured following an offensive against Taliban militants by Afghan and coalition forces at the MSF hospital in KunduzAfghan forces called in a US air strike on a Kunduz hospital that killed 22 people, the top American commander in Afghanistan said Monday, after medical charity MSF branded the incident a war crime. Campbell's statement was at odds from previous US military claims that the strike was carried out to protect American special forces from enemy fire in the northern Afghan city. "We have now learned that on October 3, Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from US air forces," Campbell told reporters.

Russian air force says hit '10 Islamic State targets' in Syria

Russian SU-25 SM ground attack aircraft and MIG 29 jet fighters (taking off) attend a training session at Primorkso-Akhtarsk on March 26, 2015Russian military jets carried out 15 new sorties Monday, targeting 10 Islamic State targets, the defence ministry said. Russia said one of its warplanes had briefly entered Turkish air space at the weekend due to bad weather conditions, after the incident sparked concern in Ankara and the West. "This incident is a result of unfavourable weather conditions," the defence ministry said in a statement.

US stocks snap higher; energy, GE, Twitter are among gainers

Stock traders work at the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in New York. World stocks rose Monday after weak U.S. jobs data prompted expectations the Federal Reserve might postpone an interest rate hike. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and global stocks advanced Monday after a gloomy jobs report last week led investors to expect that the Federal Reserve will postpone its first interest rate increase in nearly a decade. Energy stocks rose along with the price of oil.

Greek creditors hope to pay more loans within weeks

Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble, left, talks with European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici during a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European creditors urged the re-elected Greek government to maintain its zeal for reforms so it can get billions more of bailout cash and start discussions on relieving the country's debt burden.

Snowden: I'd go to prison to return to US

LONDON (AP) — Edward Snowden says he has offered to return to the United States and go to jail for leaking details of National Security Agency programs to intercept electronic communications data on a vast scale.

At least 25 killed in three Iraq car bombs: police

Fighters from the Abbas battalion of the Shiite Popular Mobilisation units march during a military parade in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on September 26, 2015A car bomb blast near the southern Iraqi city of Basra and two others north of the capital Baghdad killed at least 25 people on Monday, security officials said. At least 10 people were killed in a rare car bomb explosion in Zubayr, just southwest of Basra, while five and 10 died in attacks in Hosseiniyah and Khalis respectively. Bombings are rare in Iraq's south, which is predominantly Shiite and hard to penetrate for Sunni jihadist groups responsible for most such attacks in Baghdad and other parts of the country.

Pistorius release canceled, referred back to parole board

SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — The decision granting Oscar Pistorius early release from prison to go to house arrest was cancelled Monday and referred back to a parole board to be reconsidered.

Israel arrests militants, accuses Hamas over killings

Israeli soldiers hold a position in a street on October 3, 2015 as they search for the suspected Palestinian killers of a Jewish settler coupleJerusalem (AFP) - Israeli security forces said Monday they have captured five alleged Hamas militants suspected of carrying out last week's killing of a Jewish settler couple in front of their young children.

3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

The portraits of the winners of the Nobel Medicine Prize 2015 (L-R) Irish-born William Campbell, Satoshi Omura of Japan and China's Youyou Tu are displayed on a screen during a press conference of the Nobel CommitteeSTOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel prize in medicine went Monday to three scientists hailed as "heroes in the truest sense of the word" for saving millions of lives with the creation of the world's leading malaria-fighting drug and another that has nearly wiped out two devastating tropical diseases.

Turkey warns Russia over air space violations from Syria

Turkey says its jet fighters intercepted a Russian fighter plane that violated its air space near the Syrian border over the weekend, forcing it to turn backTurkey warned Russia on Monday against violating its airspace during raids in Syria, as NATO condemned the "extreme danger" of such intrusions and urged Moscow to stop targeting civilians. Turkey, a NATO member, protested to Moscow after its F-16 jets intercepted a Russian fighter plane that violated its airspace near the Syrian border at the weekend. Two Turkish jets were also harassed by an unidentified MIG-29 on the Syrian border, Turkey's army said.

FDA orders safety studies from scope manufacturers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health authorities are ordering manufacturers of specialized medical scopes to study how the reusable devices are cleaned following a series of life-threatening bacterial outbreaks at U.S. hospitals.

United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2014 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, center, speaks during his meeting with leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries, in Beijing. Sitting with Obama are, from left, Vietnam Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Hoy Hoang, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Mike Froman, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Singapore Sec. of Ministry of Trade and Industry Ow Foong Pheng. The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, agreed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an ambitious and controversial trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations' intellectual property. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to an ambitious and contentious trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations' intellectual property.

UNESCO says IS 'terrified by history' after Palmyra destruction

The famous Arch of Triumph (front) and a partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of the Syrian capital, DamascusUNESCO's director-general on Monday condemned the destruction of the Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra by Islamic State jihadists, saying "extremists are terrified by history and culture". Irina Bokova said the UN's scientific and cultural body would make every effort to ensure that the perpetrators of the destruction are brought to justice. The Palmyra site is listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List and before this year, attracted an annual 150,000 tourists.

US, states announce settlement with BP over gulf oil spill

Attorney General Loretta Lynch listens to a reporters question during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, to announce resolution of federal and state claims against BP for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the restoration of natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil platform explosion killed 11 and led to the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, with up to a million gallons of oil per day spilling into the sea and washing up on the coastlines of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Texas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department and five U.S. states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Netanyahu says 'no limits' in fight against militants

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York on October 1, 2015Jerusalem (AFP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to crush a rising wave of Palestinian unrest, said Monday he was using an "iron fist" against militant attacks which have killed four Israelis.

Simon to take over as WTA's new CEO, replacing Allaster

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steve Simon will take over as the new CEO of the Women's Tennis Association.

US priest accused of pointing musket at boy over football

LITTLE FERRY, New Jersey (AP) — A lawyer for a priest accused of pointing a functioning but unloaded musket at an 8-year-old boy inside the church's rectory said his client will plead not guilty.

Russia says fighter jet entered Turkish airspace 'for a few seconds'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian Su-30 fighter jet briefly entered Turkish air space on Saturday along the border with Syria, Russia's defense ministry said on Monday. "A Russian Su-30 fighter jet briefly, for a few seconds, entered Turkish air space," the ministry said in a statement. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Richjard Balmforth)

Report: Guyana Sugar Corporation bankrupt; future uncertain

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's state-owned sugar corporation faces an uncertain future after a report found that the South American country's single largest employer is bankrupt, officials said Monday.

Workers tear shirts off Air France managers in jobs protest

Air France director of Human Ressources, Xavier Broseta, center (back to the camera), protected by security guards tries to flee the Air France headquarters at Roissy Airport, north of Paris, France, during scuffles with union activists, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Union activists protesting proposed layoffs at Air France stormed the headquarters during a meeting about the job cuts, zeroing in on two managers who had their shirts torn from their bodies, scaled a fence and fled under police protection. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — Union activists protesting nearly 3,000 proposed layoffs at Air France stormed the headquarters during a meeting Monday, zeroing in on two managers who had their shirts torn from their bodies, scaled a fence and fled under police protection.

Burger set to equal Springboks RWC record vs United States

LONDON (AP) — Schalk Burger is set to equal former captain John Smit's South Africa record of 17 Rugby World Cup appearances after retaining his starting place for the Pool B match against the United States on Wednesday.

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