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What You Need To Know:
1. Four days of ferocious fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over a key provincial capital has claimed the lives of about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers and at least 20 civilians.
2. The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok has passed 430 as the government estimates economic losses will exceed several hundred million dollars.
3. President Trump reinstated sanctions against Iran meant to pressure Tehran’s government into retreating from its support for terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile-related programs.
4. An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels hit a bus driving in a busy market in northern Yemen, killing least 50 people including many children,
5. Members of Israel’s Arab minority led a mass protest in central Tel Aviv against a contentious new law that critics say marginalizes the state’s non-Jewish citizens.
6. Tens of thousands of Romanians held anti-government protests, leaving 455 people in need of medical treatment.
7. A financial shockwave ripped through Turkey when its currency nosedived on concerns about its economic policies and a dispute with the U.S., which President Trump stoked further with a promise to double tariffs on the NATO ally.
8. Congo’s President Kabila announced he is not running again in December’s long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in office.
9. The United States announced it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year.
10. Zimbabwe’s opposition party filed a legal challenge to the results of the presidential election, alleging “gross mathematical errors” and calling for a fresh vote or a declaration that their candidate was the winner.
- At least 120 Afghan forces, civilians killed in battle with Taliban
- Taliban delegation visits Uzbekistan to talk security, power lines
- Taliban try to take Afghan city in brazen assault, kill 14
- Dozens of Afghan soldiers killed in attack on base
- Senate rejects legalizing elective abortion
- Former VP Boudou found guilty, sentenced in corruption case
- Two police officers among four fatally shot in eastern Canada
- Canada to ask allies to help cool Saudi dispute; U.S. offers no aid
- U.N. claims China holds millions of Uighurs in secret camps
- Thousands in China mosque standoff over demolition plan
- Coal mine blast kills 4 in southern China, another nine missing
- Gold mine trucks attacked in eastern Congo, two dead
- President Kabila not running again in long-delayed election
- Police and opposition supporters clash in Kinshasa
- 8 dead, one survivor in plane crash
- Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 430
- President picks top cleric as running-mate in 2019
- Authorities arrest 67 people for suspected financial crimes
- Revolutionary Guards kill 10 militants near Iraq border
- Lawmakers oust minister in victory for hard-liners
- China defends Iran business ties after Trump threat
- Thousands attend Arab-led rally against Jewish nation-state bill
- Israel launches scores of airstrikes as Gaza fire persists
- U.N. agency urges Israel to allow emergency fuel into Gaza
- Israeli fire kills 2 Hamas militants in Gaza
- PM Abe on track for extended term despite rival’s bid
- Japan to raise maximum age for new recruits to boost dwindling military ranks
- Malians vote in presidential vote runoff amid security concerns
- Opposition leaders refuse to back challenger in presidential run-off
- North Korea chides U.S. sanctions, pressure on denuclearization process
- WH adviser Bolton urges North Korea to act on denuclearization
- PM strongly warns U.S. against ramping up sanctions
- Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO
- Russia expels Greek diplomats in retaliatory move
- Houthi missile launched into Saudi Arabia kills 1
- Saudi Arabia sells off Canadian assets as dispute escalates
- At least 22 killed in Idlib and Aleppo airstrikes
- Weapons storage explosion in Idlib kills at least 39
- Leaflets dropped over Idlib call for reconciliation
- U.S. ambassador urges U.K. to back Trump on Iran nuke deal
- 10 people hospitalized after shooting in Manchester
- PM May’s Conservative party takes lead over Labour
- PM May urges Boris Johnson to apologize for burqa comments
United States of America
- U.S. to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack
- Trump imposes taxes on $16B in Chinese imports
- President Trump reinstates sanctions against Iran
- Ruling party cracks down on opposition lawmakers
- Maduro alleges 2 opposition leaders linked to drone attack
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