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Sunday, October 4, 2015
Japanese national shot dead in Bangladesh days after 'IS attack'
A Japanese citizen was shot dead by gunmen in a northern Bangladesh town on Saturday, police said, days after an Italian aid worker was murdered in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
1st Iran hajj dead flown home 9 days after stampede
The first bodies of Iranians killed in a stampede at the hajj arrived home from Saudi Arabia Saturday after a controversial nine-day delay and questions over the final death toll.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Russia said Friday it had bombed the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa for the first time as President Vladimir Putin faced mounting criticism from Western and Gulf leaders over his military campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Amnesty International Thursday condemned the Taliban's "reign of terror" in the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz, citing civilian testimonies of mass murder, gang rapes and house-to-house searches by militant death squads.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Afghan troops push into Kunduz, Taliban in retreat
Afghan government forces pushed overnight into the strategic northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban earlier this week, forcing the insurgents to retreat amid heavy street battles that were still underway Thursday.
High-rise building catches fire in Emirati city
A fire broke out Thursday on a high-rise tower in the Emirati city of Sharjah, sending thick smoke billowing over the city and snarling traffic as commuters headed home at the end of the local work week.
Iran on Thursday nearly doubled its death toll from the hajj stampede to 464, giving up hope of finding missing pilgrims alive after a tragedy that has sparked a major row with Saudi Arabia.
Russia rejects Western criticism of Syria strikes
Russia on Thursday rejected accusations its air strikes in Syria targeted moderate rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad instead of Islamic State militants, as it prepared for urgent military talks with the United States to head off possible clashes.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
US airstrikes back Afghanistan's  push to retake city from Taliban
U.S. airstrikes hit Taliban positions overnight around a key northern city seized by insurgents this week as Afghan troops massed on the ground Wednesday ahead of what is likely to be a protracted battle to retake Kunduz.
Palestinians to raise their flag at the United Nations for first time
The Palestinians will raise their flag at the United Nations on Wednesday in what president Mahmud Abbas calls a beacon of hope at a time of growing despair of achieving an independent state.
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