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U.S. troops keep watch near a damaged vehicle at the site of suicide attack in KabulBy Mirwais Harooni and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed three foreign troops and wounded 13 Afghan civilians in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months. The attack near the heavily fortified embassy comes amid a months-long political stalemate and an emboldened insurgency, with a presidential election still unresolved as most foreign combat troops prepare to leave by the end of the year. ...

Rafale fighter jets fly on a reconnaissance mission over IraqWarplanes target the Islamic State group near Baghdad.

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop of an armoured personnel carrier during a patrol in Donetsk region, on September 15, 2014Ukraine moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history.

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews were battling about a dozen major wildfires across California on Tuesday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest. Three years of drought in the most populous U.S. state has forced farmers to let fields lie fallow and left communities reliant on well water, with bone-dry brush fueling wildfires in temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). ...

Benghazi on the Record - Asked and AnsweredOn the eve of the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s first open hearing, the panel’s Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a website dismissing some recurring Republican questions about the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack as “asked and answered.”

Power lines and debris are knocked over on a street after Hurricane Odile hit La PazCabo San Lucas (Mexico) (AFP) - Hurricane Odile destroyed homes and shut down airports in Mexico's Baja California peninsula, sparking looting, marooning thousands of foreign tourists and injuring 135 people.

In this Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 photo provided by YosemiteLandscapes.com, large plumes of smoke from a wildfire rise over Bass Lake, Calif. Crews attempted to get better access to two raging wildfires in California Monday that have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. (AP Photo/YosemiteLandscapes.com, Darvin Atkeson)WEED, Calif. (AP) — A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.

Daniele Watts Goes on the Offensive

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A private autopsy has found a 22-year-old black man shot dead by police in Utah was fired at from behind six times, said a lawyer for the man's family. Authorities say the man was shot dead when he lunged at officers with a sword. The fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt in Saratoga Springs last Wednesday has raised tensions in the mostly white, fast-growing community 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Last month police shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, leading to a wave of violent protests in the community. ...

Health staff, wearing Personal Protective Equipment, work inside the high-risk area at Elwa hospital in Monrovia, on September 7, 2014President Obama is set to announce a major effort to "turn the tide" against the epidemic.

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