Syrian army, insurgents in fierce clashes in southwest Aleppo

People ride a vehicle past a crater in the rebel-held Qadi Askar neighborhood of AleppoBEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies fought intense clashes with insurgents in the opposition-held 1070 Apartments district of southwestern Aleppo on Tuesday, senior combatant sources on both sides said. The 1070 Apartments are located next to Ramousah, the southern gateway into Aleppo. The area's capture would allow the government to ease its own access into the city while consolidating a siege on rebel-held districts. (Reporting By Angus McDowall; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)



Iraq: Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 9 civilians

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up in a busy commercial area of the capital, Baghdad, killing at least nine civilians, officials said.
Diesel scrutiny shifts to London's building sites

A plane flies behind cranes standing on construction sites at dusk in LondonBy Barbara Lewis LONDON (Reuters) - Volkswagen's admission it cheated pollution law has exposed a wider problem of diesel emissions from thousands of generators belching fumes across building sites and countryside. In London, where the pollution is aggravated by a construction boom, a firm that helped expose the extent of the Volkswagen scandal has shifted its attention to diesel generators and is working with city authorities and researchers from King's College London (KCL) to analyse the problem. "It (the Volkswagen scandal) served to rip the lid off all these related issues about engines," said Nick Molden, CEO of Emissions Analytics, which helps automotive businesses raise their fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.



Colombia embarks on path to peace with historic accord

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, left, delivers a speech after he signed a peace agreement between Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, in Cartagena, Colombia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Colombians are being given the final say on endorsing or rejecting the accord in an Oct. 2 referendum. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — After a half-century of combat that spilled blood across this South American nation, Colombians have embarked on a new, but difficult path to settle their political differences with the signing of a historic peace accord between the government and leftist rebels.



England manager Allardyce probed by FA over newspaper sting

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 file photo Sunderland's manager Sam Allardyce awaits the start of the English Premier League soccer match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England. England manager Sam Allardyce's comments during a newspaper sting will be examined by his employers at the Football Association, after he was filmed by Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper appearing to advise undercover reporters posing as businessmen on how to sidestep an outlawed player transfer practice. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)LONDON (AP) — England manager Sam Allardyce's comments during a newspaper sting will be examined by his employers at the Football Association.





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