GM reports record 3Q earnings despite slowing US sales
Iraqi army's elite force pauses advance near Mosul
By Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - An elite unit of the Iraqi army paused its week-long advance on Mosul as it approached the city's eastern edge on Tuesday, waiting for other U.S.-backed forces to close in on Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq. Seeking to relieve pressure on their forces controlling the northern Iraqi city, Islamic State fighters who have waged counter attacks across the country battled Iraqi troops in the desert town of Rutba, 450 km (280 miles) to the southwest. On the ninth day of the offensive on Mosul, government forces and allied Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are still fighting their way toward the city's outer limits, in the early stages of an assault which could become the biggest military operation in Iraq in over a decade.
NATO says Russian battle group may be used against Aleppo civiliansBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russian warships heading for Syria could be used to target civilians in the besieged city of Aleppo, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Tuesday, calling on Moscow to implement a lasting ceasefire. NATO is monitoring the movement of the eight-strong carrier battle group from northern Russia towards Gibraltar en route to the eastern Mediterranean, where alliance officials fear it will launch fighter bombers to hit northwestern Syria early in November. "The battle group may be used to increase Russia's ability to take part in combat operations over Syria and to conduct even more air strikes against Aleppo," Stoltenberg said.
Al-Shabab claims attack on African Union base in SomaliaMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? A suicide truck bomber struck an African Union base in central Somalia on Tuesday, and extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.
General Motors third-quarter earnings widely beat expectations
General Motors Co reported much higher-than-expected third-quarter earnings on strong North American truck and SUV sales, blowing past fears that a U.S. market slowdown would dent profitability. GM said on Tuesday that it expected full-year results would be on the "high end" of its previous forecasts of $5.50 to $6.00 a share. Rival Ford Motor Co in July warned that a slowing U.S. auto market would put its full-year profit forecast at risk.
Fiat Chrysler raises earnings forecasts after Q3 resultsMILAN (AP) ? Fiat Chrysler Automobiles increased its earnings forecast after returning to a profit in the third quarter, driven by strong results in North America.
Thomas a winner again, and still a long road toward the top
SHANGHAI (AP) ? Winning a PGA Tour event for the second straight year, especially the manner in which Justin Thomas rallied in Malaysia, made it easy to assume that a player of his polish and power could be on the verge of breaking through to the next level.
US writers Beatty, Moshfegh up for Man Booker fiction prize
LONDON (AP) ? A satirical look at race and racism in the United States and a disturbing small-town American character study are among six novels vying for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, to be awarded Tuesday.
Iran official: Gay Utah senator watched during recent trip
Moscow denies Russian or Syrian air strikes on Aleppo in past weekBy Andrew Osborn and Lisa Barrington MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday Russian and Syrian military planes had not launched air strikes on Aleppo since Moscow said it was suspending bombing seven days ago, contradicting a monitor who says air strikes on some areas resumed on Saturday. Defense ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said Russian and Syrian planes had not even approached, let alone bombed, the devastated city since last Tuesday when Russia suspended air strikes ahead of a pause in hostilities. "Flights over Aleppo by the Russian and Syrian air forces have been completely halted for the last seven days," said Konashenkov in a statement.