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Iraq Kurds fight Islamic State at key Syria border crossing

ImageIraqi Kurds have made gains against "Islamic State" militants at a strategic crossing on the Syrian border. Elsewhere, the jihadists are said to have advanced closer to the frontier town of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobani.


Neither side backing down as Hong Kong protests continue

ImageHong Kong's leader has said the government will not back down in the face of pro-democracy street demonstrations. Organizers have pledged to step up their protests unless their demands are met.


Obama and Modi vow to improve trade, economic ties

ImageThe US and Indian leaders have met for formal talks at the White House, focusing on trade and economic ties. Narendra Modi's warm welcome comes nine years after Washington refused him a visa on human rights grounds.


EU's Russia sanctions over Ukraine to remain in place

EU diplomats have decided to keep in place a tough package of sanctions against Russia, over its actions in eastern Ukraine and support of rebels there. A peace plan had not yet been fully implemented, they said.


Amnesty: Italy, Malta at fault for refugee shipwreck deaths

Amnesty International has said some 200 refugees presumed to have died in a major shipwreck last year could have been saved if Italian and Maltese authorities had not dithered over rescue operations.


NATO shortfalls aren't just Germany's problem

The German media is in panic-mode after revelations that only a fraction of the country's war planes are ready to fly for NATO. But the problem has been around for a long time - and it's not just Germany's.


Argentina resumes debt payments in defiance of US court

Buenos Aires has deposited millions of dollars to pay interest on bonds restructured a few years ago. The down payment was made at an Argentine trustee bank to circumvent a disputed US court ruling.



30.9.1946: Death Sentences in the Nuremberg Trial


1882: Johannes Geiger

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1791: Premiere of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”