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Portugal: Europe's Outlier

Throughout Europe, austerity measures have bred anti-establishment parties in most countries, but such groups will not gain favor in Sunday's elections. Read more…

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Afghanistan: Medical Group Denies Taliban Fired From Bombed Hospital

Medecins Sans Frontieres denied that Taliban fighters were firing from its hospital in Kunduz at Afghan and NATO forces before a suspected U.S. airstrike killed at least 19 people, the medical aid group said Oct. 4, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Russian Airstrikes Hit Homs, Hama Provinces

Airstrikes by suspected Russian jets hit targets around the town of Talbiseh in Homs province, western Syria, on Oct. 4, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Israel: Second Stabbing Attack Occurs Near Old City

A Palestinian man stabbed and wounded an Israeli teenager in Jerusalem on Oct. 4, just hours after another knife-wielding attacker killed two people nearby in the Old City, police said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Portugal: General Elections Begin

Portugal began general elections Oct. 4 that are widely seen as a referendum on four years of spending cuts and market reforms, officials said, BBC reported. Read more…

Venezuela: Former Officials Indicted In U.S. Court

In September, a U.S. court indicted Venezuela's former financial intelligence director Pedro Luis Martin and former anti-drug unit head Jesus Alfredo Itriago on charges of trafficking cocaine into the United State through Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico, according to newly unsealed documents, Reuters reported Oct. 3. Read more…

Iraq: Kurdish Leader Calls For Coordination With Russia

Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said Oct. 3 that Islamic State could be better dealt with if the U.S.-led coalition coordinated efforts with Russian forces, Reuters reported. Read more…

Israel: Stabbing Attack In Old City Kills Two

Near the Lion's Gate, Israeli border police killed Palestinian Muhannad Halabi on Oct. 3 after he carried out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's old city that left two Israelis dead and two others injured, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

Syria: Russian Airstrikes Continue

Russian airplanes made over 20 flights in Syria Oct. 2-3, targeting nine sites with airstrikes, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, Reuters reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: U.S. Airstrike Hits Hospital

A hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan run by international NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres was hit overnight Oct. 3, killing at least nine people and wounding 37 others, the group's operation director said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Luhansk Separatists Begin Tank Withdrawal

Luhansk People's Republic militants began to withdraw tanks from the Donbas line of contact Oct. 3 to at least 15 kilometers away, according to the Luhansk Information Center, Vestnik Kavkaza reported. Read more…

Brazil: Rousseff Makes a Calculated Cabinet Reform

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff made major changes in her Cabinet, likely to appease her party's main ally in the legislature and stave off an impeachment. Read more…

Syria: Airstrikes Useless If Damascus Not Consulted, Government Says

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem spoke at the U.N. General Assembly on Oct. 2, voicing doubts about the utility of political negotiations and saying that airstrikes are useless unless coordinated with the government, Daily Star reported. Read more…

Brazil: President Announces Cabinet Reforms

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Oct. 2 that she will reduce the number of government ministries and replace several Cabinet members, G1 reported. Read more…

Yemen: Government Breaks Ties With Iran

The Saudi-backed government of Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi has severed diplomatic ties with Iran, Reuters reported Oct. 2. Read more…

Libya: Islamic State Attacks Oil Port

Islamic State militants attacked the forces guarding Es Sider port, one of Libya's main oil ports, Al Arabiya reported Oct. 2. Read more…

Nigeria: Suicide Attacks Kill 14

The Nigerian army has confirmed that 14 people, including four suicide bombers, were killed in an attack in Maiduguri, Premium Times reported Oct. 2. Read more…

EU: 15 Member States Ask For GMO Opt-Out

More than half of the European Union’s member states, including France and Germany, have filed requests to be allowed to ban genetically modified crops in their territories, EU Observer and AFP reported Oct. 2. Read more…

Ukraine: Donbas Quiet As Normandy Talks Resume

No shots have been reported for at least the past 24 hours in the conflict-ridden Donbas region of eastern Ukraine for the first time in weeks, a Ukrainian military spokesman said Oct. 2, 5 Kanal TV reported. Read more…