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Hong Kong: Protesters Present Ultimatum

Protesters will occupy government buildings if Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying does not step down by Oct. 2, student leaders said at a press conference Oct. 1, South China Morning Post reported.

Myanmar: Foreign Banks Awarded First Licenses In Decades

The Central Bank of Myanmar announced Oct. 1 that nine foreign banks were awarded licenses to operate in the country, the first awarded in half a century, The Irrawaddy reported.

Greece, Cyprus: EU Central Bank Will Buy Debt

The European Central Bank will propose to amend its rules Oct. 2 so it can buy asset-backed securities with low ratings that were issued by Greek and Cypriot banks, EU Observer reported Oct. 1.

Syria: Fighting Continues Near Border With Turkey

Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes continue to fight for the Syrian border town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani, AFP reported Oct. 1.

Libya: Protestors Force Oil Field Closure

Protestors demanding jobs at Libya's Jalo 59 oil field forced the closure of the site and seized an airplane in addition to blocking a road, Reuters reported Sept. 30.

Syria: Islamic State Releases Some 70 Kurdish Hostages

The Islamic State released some 70 Kurdish students it had been holding hostage since May 29, AFP reported Sept. 30.

U.S.: Texas Ebola Case Confirmed

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a patient admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in Dallas, Texas, has been diagnosed with Ebola after being quarantined and screened for the infection based on symptoms and recent travel history, WFAA reported Sept. 30.

Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Launch Offensive Against Islamic State

Kurdish peshmerga forces launched a triple-headed attack against Islamic State militants in Iraq on Sept. 30, Al Akhbar reported.

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