Monday, October 3, 2016

World News Briefs -- October 3, 2016

Al Jazeera: Taliban launches attack on Afghanistan's Kunduz

Fighters engaged in battles with government forces in city that was briefly taken by the armed group a year ago.

The Taliban has launched a coordinated assault on the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan, attacking from four directions and entering the city itself, officials said.

Sheer Ali Kamal, commander of the 808 Tandar police zone in Kunduz, said on Monday that the attack began at around midnight (1930 GMT on Sunday) and fighting was still going on in and around the city.

"We are putting all our efforts together to push them back," he said.

Military helicopters were flying overhead and gunfire could be heard in the city.

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Syrian military calls on Aleppo rebels to surrender. Syrian military calls on Aleppo rebels to surrender, promises safe passage. Syrian military calls on Aleppo rebels to surrender as assault continues.

Syria's war: Suicide bombing rocks government-held Hama.

Syrian rebels advance on symbolic IS-held town of Dabiq.

Suicide bombers hit Shi'ite gatherings in Baghdad, at least 11 dead: police.

Turkish military says 15 rebels killed in clashes in Syria. Several Turkey-backed rebels killed in clashes in northern Syria.

Yemen: Houthis claim attack on UAE military vessel.

Turkey to extend state of emergency for another three months: spokesman.


Heavy fighting erupts as Taliban enters northern Kunduz in repeat of 2015 victory.

Indian army camp in Kashmir comes under attack. Militants launch attack on Indian army camp in Kashmir.

Kashmir newspaper banned for 'inciting violence'.

Red Cross calls for urgent North Korea aid as floods affect 600,000.

‘You may have incidents’: Singapore’s defence minister warns non-military vessels in South China Sea create ‘uncertainty’.

EU signs deal to deport unlimited numbers of Afghan asylum seekers.

Japan police probe 48 suspicious deaths after poisoning of two elderly patients.


Libya oil output rises as nation exempted from OPEC supply cap.

Ethiopia declares official mourning after stampede. Oromia: Three days of mourning after 52 die in Ethiopia.

'Islamic State' sniper kills Dutch photojournalist in Libya.

Morocco says arrests 10 suspected female Islamic State militants.

Ivory Coast draft constitution amends clause at heart of civil war.

100,000 fearful civilians trapped in South Sudan town.

South Africa's Zuma says student protests could destroy universities.


Ukrainian army, separatists withdraw from flashpoint town.

Russia suspends weapons-grade plutonium deal with US.

May says to trigger EU divorce by end of March, sterling falls.

‘Totally unrealistic’: Austrian FM blasts EU refugee quota plan.

Hungarian referendum: plurality rejects EU migrant plan, but poll numbers too low to be valid. Hungary PM hails 'outstanding' referendum result.

Merkel faces protests in Dresden.

Women go on 'Black Monday' strike in Poland against abortion ban. Black Monday: Polish women strike against abortion ban.

Kersti Kaljulaid elected first female President of Estonia – Election Results.

Nationalist parties win local elections in Bosnia.

Boris Nemtsov murder trial begins at Moscow military court.


Colombians narrowly reject FARC peace deal in surprising referendum upset. Colombia referendum: Voters reject Farc peace deal. Colombia in unchartered territory with peace deal's defeat. Colombia's peace deal in limbo after shock referendum.

Colombia's Santos accepts 'no' win in peace vote, says ceasefire to continue.

Colombia's FARC leader say he maintains will for peace despite referendum loss.

Colombia dropped as Nobel Peace Prize favorite after referendum 'No'. U.N. committed to Colombia peace process: spokesman.

Powerful Hurricane Matthew threatens Haiti and Jamaica. Caribbean fears for coastal families as Hurricane Matthew gets close.

'Study, pray, vote,' Pope tells Americans ahead of elections.

'No doubt' Russia behind hacks on U.S. election system: senior Democrat.

El Salvador judge reopens El Mozote massacre investigation.


U.S. targeted 'prominent Al Qaeda' member in Syria: U.S. official.

IRGC Special Forces officer’s death highlights involvement in Syria.

U.S. Sept. 11 law weakens international relations, Saudi cabinet says.


Deutsche Bank shares slip again in race to reach U.S. settlement. Deutsche Bank could handle even high-end Department of Justice fine: Moody's.

Oil drifts after Brent hits $50 per barrel, U.S. crude touches three-month highs.

Chinese yuan becomes IMF reserve currency, first new addition since ‘99. Yuan finds place behind dollar and euro.

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