Japanese suicide pensioner blows himself up in park, injures three others: NHK
A 72 year-old retired soldier blew himself up in a park in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, killing himself and injuring three other people in an apparent suicide, state broadcaster NHK reported. A second explosion, separate from the blast that killed the former Self Defence Force member, caused a fire in a nearby parking lot, while the man's home 8 km (5 miles) from the park burnt to the ground, the report said. Images broadcast by NHK showed two burnt out cars, one of which belonged to the dead man, about 200 meters (650 feet) from the park and a charred broken bench at the edge of the park, where a folk art festival was underway.
Pinturault leads Hirscher after 1st run of WCup opening GS
SOELDEN, Austria (AP) ? Alexis Pinturault of France and Marcel Hirscher of Austria continued their giant slalom dominance from last season as they finished 1-2 in the first run of the season-opening World Cup race on Sunday.
Chicago baseball fans celebrate historic Cubs win
For decades, baseball fans in Chicago have waited and hoped that the Cubs would make it to the World Series. The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to the World Series. The streets around the baseball team's stadium Wrigley Field were quickly filled with cheering fans, many waiving the team's signature "win" flag -- a big blue W on a white background.
Clashes, artillery fire hit Aleppo after truce expires
Heavy clashes erupted between regime and rebel forces in Syria's divided city of Aleppo after a "humanitarian" ceasefire announced by government ally Russia expired before the UN could evacuate wounded civilians from rebel-held areas. Moscow had extended the unilateral "humanitarian pause" into a third day until 1600 GMT Saturday but announced no further renewal, as fierce fighting broke out in several areas along the front line dividing the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Three people were wounded by shelling of the rebel-held Salaheddin and Al-Mashhad districts, they said, adding that the first air strikes since the end of the truce hit the opposition-controlled district of Sheikh Saeed where there was also heavy fighting.
Trump's lawsuit threat against accusers overshadows agenda
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) ? Donald Trump is laying out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days as president but pointedly noting that he will find time to sue the numerous women who have accused him of groping and other unwanted sexual behavior.
Banking boss says firms preparing to leave UK before EU exitLONDON (AP) ? The head of the British Bankers' Association says financial firms are planning to leave London within weeks because of uncertainty about the U.K.'s exit from the European Union.
1 dead after 2 explosions hit Japanese city; cause unclear
Britain will make airport expansion decision on Oct. 25 - transport minister
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will make a decision on Tuesday about where to allow airport expansion in south east England, transport minister Chris Grayling said on Sunday. It is due to decide between plans for a new runway west of London at Heathrow, the busiest airport in both Britain and Europe, or at Gatwick to the south. The decision has been debated for more than 25 years. "We have got a genuinely difficult decision ... there is going to be a decision on Tuesday," Grayling told the BBC's Andrew Marr show. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Toby Chopra)
Spain's Socialists to vote on ending political impasseMADRID (AP) ? Spain's Socialist party is meeting to decide whether to help end the country's nearly 10-month political impasse and deliver another term to acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Afghan opium cultivation skyrockets as eradication collapses
Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year, highlighting bumper harvests owing to collapsing eradication efforts amid growing insecurity and declining international counter-narcotics assistance, the UN said Sunday. Cultivation dropped last year due to drought conditions but it has been on the rise in the past decade, fuelling the Taliban insurgency and spurring a growing crisis of drug addiction despite costly US-led counter-narcotics programmes. High levels of cultivation this year meant the estimated opium production soared 43 percent to 4,800 tons, a UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report said, highlighting a "worrying reversal" in efforts to combat the scourge of drugs.