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Assad: Russian failure in Syria would 'destroy' Mideast

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned the success of Russia's military intervention in his war-torn country was vital for the entire Middle East, as Moscow ramped up its bombing campaign Sunday.

25 injured in North Iredell High School roof collapse in N.C.

Olin - Almost two dozen students and adults were injured Saturday afternoon at North Iredale High School in North Carolina after concrete from an overhang fell on them following a truck accident. Three people suffered life-threatening injuries.

Assad says Russian failure in Syria would 'destroy' Mideast

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in comments broadcast on Sunday that the success of Russia's military intervention in his country's civil war was vital for the whole Middle East.

12 dead in Burundi protests

Nairobi - At least a dozen civilians have been killed in weekend clashes between police and anti-government protesters in the Burundi capital Bujumbura, sources told AFP Sunday.

Migrant crisis debris: Greek island battles lifejacket mountain

Mytilene - For 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.

Medical charity MSF leaves Afghan city after fatal airstrike

Kabul - Medical charity MSF said Sunday it has withdrawn staff from the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz, a day after an apparent US bombing raid on its hospital which the UN said could amount to a war crime.

Oktoberfest attendance falls amid German border controls

Berlin - Attendance slipped at the world's biggest beer party, the annual Oktoberfest in Germany, as border controls imposed to stem the flow of refugees complicated rail travel, organisers said Sunday.

Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem Old City after attacks

Jerusalem - Israel took the rare and drastic step of barring Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday as fears of a further escalation in violence mounted after attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded a child.

Russia hits IS in Syria heartland in defiance of West

Birut - Russia bombed the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Saturday and vowed to press its aerial campaign despite criticism from Washington and its allies that the military action is strengthening the jihadists.

Turkey launches new overnight air raids against PKK: Army

Istanbul - Turkish warplanes struck Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq and eastern Turkey overnight, in a new air operation against the Kurdish militant group, the army said Sunday.

Portugal votes in test for austerity policies

Lisbon - Portugal voted Sunday in an election seen as a test of four years of austerity, with the centre-right coalition that pushed through the punishing bailout seen as the favourite -- but unlikely to win a clear mandate.

Turkey, EU agree to migrant action plan: Report

Berlin - The European Union and Turkey have agreed in principle to a plan of action to help ease the flow of migrants into the bloc, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

MSF: medical giant of the humanitarian world

Paris - Doctors 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.

Obama pledges probe into fatal airstrike on Afghan hospital

Kabul - President Barack Obama has promised a full investigation into an apparent US air strike on an Afghan hospital that killed 19 people, a bombing which the UN said could amount to a war crime.

Investigators piece together motive of Oregon shooter

Roseburg - Investigators 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.

Guns a way of life in U.S. college massacre town

Roseburg - Guns, jewelry and guitars may not immediately seem the most obvious items to sell together in one shop.

Oregon school shooter committed suicide: Police

Roseburg - The 26-year-old gunman behind a mass shooting at a college in Oregon that left nine people dead committed suicide after a shootout with police, authorities said Saturday.

Palestinian kills two Israelis, wounds child in Jerusalem attack

Jerusalem - A 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.

Boko Haram suspected after Abuja suburbs hit by blasts

Abuja - Two bomb blasts ripped through the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja, including one target hit twice before by Boko Haram, after separate strikes in the northeast that killed at least 21.
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