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  • U.S. investigating air strike near Afghan hospital that killed 19

    Afghan staff react inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital after an air strike in the city of Kunduz, AfghanistanBy Hamid Shalizi and Andrew MacAskill KABUL (Reuters) - An air strike, probably carried out by U.S.-led coalition forces, killed 19 staff and patients on Saturday, including three children, in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, the aid group said. The U.S. military said it conducted an air strike "in the vicinity" of the hospital as it targeted Taliban insurgents who were directly firing on U.S. military personnel.

  • Russia says to step up air strikes in Syria
    By Alexander Winning and Suleiman Al-Khalidi MOSCOW/AMMAN (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it will step up air strikes in Syria, escalating a military intervention which Moscow says is weakening Islamic State militants but which Western powers say aims to support President Bashar al-Assad. A senior Russian military officer said Russian jets based in western Syria had carried out more than 60 sorties in 72 hours across Syria. "We will not only continue strikes... We will also increase their intensity," said Andrei Kartapolov from the Russian army General Staff.

  • British PM Cameron signals he will push for vote on Syria military action: Telegraph

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron prepares to greet President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus at Number 10 Downing Street in LondonBritish Prime Minister David Cameron signaled that he would push ahead with plans for a vote in the British parliament to approve military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, The Daily Telegraph newspaper said. Cameron was quoted as saying that British military attacks in Syria "may well become possible." Previously, Cameron has said he sees a strong case for extending British air strikes to Syria from Iraq. Cameron lost a parliamentary vote on the use of force in Syria in 2013.

  • Putin promised to use influence in Donbass for progress on Minsk deal: Kremlin

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend a summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in ParisMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin had promised to use his influence in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region to ensure progress in the Ukraine conflict's Minsk peace process, The Kremlin's spokesman said on Saturday according to Interfax. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman, added that the terms of the Minsk agreements could be extended into next year but that they couldn't be extended for ever. (Reporting by Alexander Winning)

  • Vatican sacks gay priest after highly public coming out

    Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, left, and his partner Eduard, surname not given, leave a restaurant in downtown Rome, Saturday Oct. 3, 2015. The Vatican on Saturday fired Charamsa who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Saturday dismissed a Polish priest from his Holy See job after he came out as gay and called for changes in Catholic teachings against homosexual activity on the eve of a major Church meeting on the family. Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a theologian, had worked at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm, since 2003, and taught theology at pontifical universities in Rome, which have also dismissed him. The Church teaches that homosexuality is not a sin but homosexual activity is, and priests, whether heterosexual or gay, take vows of celibacy.

  • Hundreds feared dead in Guatemala landslide, the hopeful keep digging

    A woman shows the photograph of a missing relative at the site of a mudslide in Santa Catarina PinulaBy Sofia Menchu and Enrique Pretel SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala (Reuters) - Hopes faded of finding any remaining survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at least 86 people, even as families scrabbled through rubble to find the bodies of loved-ones, with hundreds of others still missing. Distraught relatives of the victims shoveled alongside diggers through the mounds of earth that destroyed homes in Santa Catarina Pinula on the southeastern flank of Guatemala City after Thursday night's collapse of a hillside. Every batch of earth turned up by the diggers held more personal belongings, from mattresses and books to toys and Christmas decorations, reminders of around 350 people who authorities said were still unaccounted for.

  • Guatemala family loses 11 to mudslide, sees dreams end

    A doll and clothing lay in the mud as rescue workers continue to search the site of a mudslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes late Thursday, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala (AP) — A wall of mud stopped everyday life mid-text, mid-sentence, mid-dream for the family of Manuel Sandoval and Maritza Aquino.

  • China to hasten roll-out of car charging network: Xinhua

    A Chery electric car is being charged at a charging station in DalianChina wants to speed construction of a national network to charge electric cars, to help reach an ambitious goal of 5 million green vehicles on its roads by 2020, national news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, citing a senior energy official. A shortage of charging facilities has long been a roadblock for sales by electric car makers, from domestic firm BYD Co Ltd to U.S. rival Tesla Motors, as well as for government plans to rein in high levels of pollution. China has made some progress on car charging infrastructure but its approach has lacked coordination, National Energy Administration deputy head Zheng Zhajie said.

  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Confusion reigned in the wake of the deadly bombing Saturday of a hospital compound in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more. It remains unclear exactly who bombed the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders and the international medical charity has demanded an investigation into the incident. Doctors Without Borders said that "all indications" pointed to the international military coalition as responsible for the bombing and called for an independent investigation. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said an inquiry was underway into whether the carnage at the clinic was caused by an airstrike from an American fighter jet, while Afghan officials said helicopter gunships had returned fire from Taliban fighters hiding in the compound.

  • Obama promises full probe into Afghan hospital airstrike

    Photograph released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on October 3, 2015 shows fires burning in part of the MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz after it was hit by an air strikePresident Barack Obama has pledged a full investigation into an apparent US air strike on an Afghan hospital that killed 19 people, in a bombing the UN said could amount to a war crime. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said patients burned to death in their beds during a bombing raid that continued for half an hour after US and Afghan authorities were informed the hospital had been hit. Afghan forces, backed up by their NATO allies, claimed to have wrestled back control of the city.

  • MSF: medical giant of the humanitarian world

    In this undated photograph released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on October 3, 2015, Afghan MSF medical personnel treat injured civiliansDoctors Without Borders (MSF), whose Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan was hit by a suspected US air strike on Saturday, is one of the largest medical charities in the world, counting more than 36,000 volunteers working in 60 countries. MSF was founded on December 21, 1971 when a team of French medics and journalists, including humanitarian icon Bernard Kouchner, denounced what they described as a genocide in secessionist Biafra, in Nigeria. The non-profit provides emergency medical care in war zones, during epidemics and in the wake of natural disasters, and is a self-governed group of 24 associations worldwide, based in Switzerland.

  • Gunman in Oregon college massacre committed suicide

    Heidi Wickersham comforts her sister Gwendoline during a candlelight vigil for victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting in WinstonBy Courtney Sherwood and Emily Flitter ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - The gunman who killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon community college committed suicide after a shootout with police who arrived within five minutes and exchanged fire with him almost immediately, authorities said. Investigators had previously said the 26-year-old shooter was killed by the officers who raced to the rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, which ranks as the deadliest among dozens of U.S. mass shootings in the past two years. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told a news conference on Saturday the state medical examiner had determined that the gunman, Christopher Harper-Mercer, took his own life.

  • Doctors Without Borders: 19 dead in Afghan clinic airstrike
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Confusion reigned in the wake of the deadly bombing Saturday of a hospital compound in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more. It remains unclear exactly who bombed the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders and the international medical charity has demanded an investigation into the incident.

  • Gay row overshadows opening of landmark Catholic Church synod

    Bishops and cardinals attend a prayer vigil on the eve of the XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at St Peter's basilica on October 3, 2015 at the VaticanA gathering of bishops intended to reshape Catholic teaching on the family kicks off Sunday against a backdrop of controversy over the thorny and divisive issue of homosexuality. With Pope Francis having been dragged into the United States' debate over gay marriage and a high-ranking priest accusing the Vatican on Saturday of "institutionalised homophobia" in his 'coming out' speech, the synod appears as if it has been called solely to address the question of the Church's approach to gay and lesbian believers.

  • A glare, a handshake, a pope: Busy UN summit makes history

    FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting at the United Nations headquarters. (Sergey Guneyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russian airstrikes launched in Syria during the U.N.'s 70th anniversary gathering of more than 150 world leaders stole the spotlight and highlighted deep divisions on how to end that conflict and manage the many thousands of people fleeing to Europe in search of safety.

  • Gunmen kill Japanese man in Bangladesh; IS says responsible

    Bangladeshi security officers examine the site where a Japanese Kunio Hoshi was killed at Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed the Japanese man in northern Bangladesh on Saturday, police said, the second foreigner in a week to be gunned down in the South Asian country. Hoshi had started a farm in Rangpur, about 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Dhaka, to produce grass. (AP Photo/Ripon Islam)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Japanese officials said Sunday that they were investigating the fatal shooting of a Japanese citizen in Bangladesh as a possible terrorist attack after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killing.

  • Bahamas search finds life ring but no other sign of US ship

    Map locates Crooked Island, in the Bahamas, where a missing cargo ship was last seen; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — An intensive search by U.S. Coast Guard and Navy aircraft has turned up a life ring but no other sign of a cargo ship with 33 people on board that lost power and communications off the southeastern Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.

  • Kyrgyzstan goes to polls for parliamentary vote

    A Kyrgyz man votes at a polling station set up for home voters in the village of Gornaya Mayevka, 30km outside Bishkek, on October 3, 2015Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan headed to the polls on Sunday for a hotly-contested parliamentary vote, but the results are unlikely to change the country's firmly pro-Russian trajectory. Polling stations across the majority-Muslim Central Asian country of six million opened at 0200 GMT, the election commission said, as 14 parties and more than 2,000 candidates battle for seats in the 120-member legislature. The Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK), affiliated to current President Almazbek Atambayev, is expected to do well in the poll, but can only take a maximum of 65 seats due to a stipulation in the country's constitution.

  • The Latest: Hurricane Joaquin menacing Bermuda

    A few hours before high tide, wind-driven waves crash into a fishing pier in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday, Oct 2, 2015. Millions along the East Coast breathed a little easier Friday after forecasters said Hurricane Joaquin would probably veer out to sea. But a freakishly powerful rainstorm fueled in part by the hurricane threatened to bring ruinous flooding to parts of the Atlantic Seaboard over the weekend.(L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via AP) MAGAZINES OUT; MANDATORY CREDITMIAMI (AP) — The latest on Joaquin and the storm's predicted path. All times local:

  • Migrant crisis debris: Greek island battles lifejacket mountain

    Refugees and migrants walk past discarded lifejackets as they arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from TurkeyFor the thousands of refugees and migrants landing on its beaches every day, Greece's Lesbos island is a step to safety and a brighter future in Europe. "We've barely finished when it's time to start all over again," sighs Yiorgos Katsanos, the deputy mayor in charge of waste management.

  • Jin Cheng wins weather-shortened Asia-Pacific Amateur
    HONG KONG (AP) — Third-round leader Jin Cheng of China won the Asia-Pacific Amateur golf championship on Sunday when heavy rain and high winds forced the cancellation of the fourth round at Clearwater Bay.

  • Gay former student of Pope Francis' speaks out

    Yayo Grassi posses for a photograph in home Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 in Washington. The pope’s meeting with Grassi came to light Friday as the Vatican was distancing itself claims that the pope's meeting with Kim Davis was an endorsement of her stand on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — An openly gay former student of Pope Francis' who visited with the pope during his recent trip to Washington said Saturday he was surprised Francis had met with the Kentucky county clerk who gained attention for refusing to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses.

  • US searches Bahamas for ship lost during Hurricane Joaquin

    Map locates Crooked Island, in the Bahamas, where a missing cargo ship was last seen; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — An intensive, dawn-to-dark search Saturday turned up a life ring but no other sign of a cargo ship with 33 people on board that lost power and communications off the southeastern Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.

  • Typhoon heads for south China; tens of thousands evacuated
    BEIJING (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from coastal areas of southern China as a strong typhoon moves toward the mainland, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain.

  • China win Asia Basketball title, qualify for Olympics

    Guo Ailun (L) of China celebrates with teammate Li Gen after beating the Philippines during their FIBA Asia Basketball championship final match, in Changsha, Hunan province, on October 3, 2015Hong Kong (AFP) - China's men beat the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship final before an ecstatic 7,000-strong capacity home crowd in Changsha late on Saturday to secure a place at the 2016 Olympics.

  • China's south battens down hatches as typhoon Mujigae nears
    Coastal provinces in southern China braced for a typhoon set to hit the country on Sunday, with authorities ordering fishing fleets to stay ashore and cancelling flights and rail services. Typhoon Mujigae will likely hit land around midday, according to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), striking the southern island province of Hainan as well as Guangdong and Guangxi provinces. Fast winds caused by the approaching typhoon led authorities in Hainan, a popular holiday island, to cancel 68 flights on Saturday and suspend train services, official news agency Xinhua said.

  • Guatemala landslide death toll climbs to 69, hundreds missing

    Rescuers take part in the search for victims in the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, Guatemala, on October 3, 2015 after a landslideAt least 69 people were killed when massive mudslides buried scores of homes on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital city, officials said, as the death toll continued to climb. An estimated 300 people were still missing, two days after the landslides suddenly hit, raising the prospect that the number of people who perished in the disaster could rise much higher. Julio Sanchez, a spokesman for firefighters who are leading the painstaking search for survivors, told reporters that several young children, including newborn babies, were among the dead in Santa Catarina Pinula.

  • Australia's scrum surprises and out-muscles England

    An England scrum collapses during the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Old demons would be reawakened come scrum time, England No. 8 Ben Morgan goaded Australia before their Rugby World Cup showdown on Saturday.

  • All Blacks' inner voice instills winning mantra

    New Zealand's No 8 Victor Vito (C) and centre Conrad Smith fight for the ball with Georgia's Vasil Lobzhanidze during their Rugby World Cup Pool C match, at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on October 2, 2015Mind-master Gilbert Enoka has been instilling confidence and restraining egos in the All Blacks for 200 Tests and has a key World Cup mission ahead. While praise for the All Blacks' six-year run as world number one is usually directed at coach Steve Hansen and skipper Richie McCaw, the players give thanks behind the scenes to "mental skills coach" Enoka. "He makes a big impact," veteran centre Conrad Smith said ahead of New Zealand's 43-10 win over Georgia in Cardiff on Friday -- Enoka's double century milestone.

  • Tandy, Pilet win Petit Le Mans in Porsche GT
    BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) — Nick Tandy teamed with Patrick Pilet in the No. 911 Porsche GT Le Mans class car to win the IMSA Petit Le Mans endurance race in an all-day downpour Sunday at Road Atlanta.

  • Foley clinches the game, and the No 10 jersey for Australia

    Australia's Bernard Foley and David Pocock are greeted by the crowd after the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Australia won the match 33-13. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — When Bernard Foley arrived in England for the World Cup, he wasn't even sure he'd be Australia's first-choice at No. 10.

  • Palestinian stabs Israeli in fresh attack, shot dead: police

    Members of the Zaka Rescue and Recovery team clean the scene where a Palestinian was shot dead after he stabbed and killed two people in Jerusalem's Old CityA Palestinian stabbed and wounded an Israeli teenager in Jerusalem on Sunday and was then shot dead by police, authorities said, just hours after a similar assault killed two people in the city. Violence has risen in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank in recent weeks. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the victim was taken to hospital in moderate condition and that police men "saw the terrorist holding a knife, shot and neutralized him." The attack happened less than 12 hours after a Palestinian stabbed two Israelis to death nearby in Jerusalem's walled Old City, and wounded at least two others.

  • Palestinian kills two Israelis, wounds child in Jerusalem attack

    Israeli security forces and emergency services gather around the body of a Palestinian after he carried out a stabbing attack in the old city of Jerusalem on October 3, 2015A Palestinian said to be an Islamist militant killed two Israeli men and injured a woman and a toddler in a knife and gun attack in Jerusalem, in a fresh escalation of violence. The attack in the Old City came with Israeli security forces on alert after recent clashes at the city's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the murder in the West Bank of a Jewish settler couple in front of their young children. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said it appeared the child had been shot.

  • Joaquin soaks eastern US, leaves devastation in Bahamas

    The Statue of Liberty stands tall as clouds hover over New York on October 3, 2015Much of the US southeast was under water, deluged by rains from Hurricane Joaquin, with forecasters predicting more historic flooding in coming days for the already waterlogged region. Joaquin, a powerful Category Four storm, brought record-setting rain to many southeastern US states after devastating parts the Bahamas and threatening to do much the same to Bermuda. News reports have blamed Joaquin for four deaths in the United States since Thursday.

  • Guatemalan mudslide death toll reaches 69, hundreds missing

    A body is pulled from under the dirt by rescue workers after a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain triggered a hillside to collapse on several of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala (AP) — Rescue workers using shovels and pickaxes recovered more bodies from the rubble of a collapsed hillside on the outskirts of Guatemala City on Saturday as an official said the death toll had risen to 69 with another 350 people believed missing.

  • Investigators piece together motive of Oregon shooter

    A sign shows support for victims near the entrance to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, on October 2, 2015Investigators pieced together clues as why a student at a college in Oregon went on a shooting rampage that left nine people dead, before committing suicide as police cornered him. Officials said the gunman, identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, was enrolled at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg and opened fire in his English writing class. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Mercer -- whom he has refused to identify by name so as not to give him notoriety -- exchanged fire with two officers who had rushed to the scene before committing suicide.

  • Life ring from missing cargo ship found as hurricane threatens Bermuda

    NASA handout photo of Hurricane Joaquin from the International Space StationBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Coast Guard pilots found a life ring from the cargo ship El Faro on Saturday, the first trace of the vessel since it went missing two days earlier with 33 mostly American crew members on board, as powerful Hurricane Joaquin moved toward Bermuda. A search-and-rescue crew found the life ring in waters to the northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas, about 75 miles (120 km) from the ship's last known position before it went missing on Thursday morning, the Coast Guard said. "Because we found a life ring, the assumption can be made that we are searching in the right area," said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.

  • AP analysis: Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge

    FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Volkswagen diesels sit behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. According to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis, the software that the company admitted using to get around government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough pollution to kill somewhere between 16 and 94 deaths over seven years _ with the annual count increasing more recently as more of the diesels were on the road. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

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