By 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.
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. ...
By 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. ...
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.
MOSCOW (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)
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.
Some 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.
An 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 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Ethiopian 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 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.
The 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".
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.
Seamer 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
Jerusalem (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.
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.
Turkey 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.
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.
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'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.
Jerusalem (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.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steve Simon will take over as the new CEO of the Women's Tennis Association.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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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