Iraqi Kurds launch new advance northeast of Mosul
Afghan opium cultivation jumps 10% in 2016, UN says
Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year, a sharp rise owing to favourable weather, growing insecurity and declining international support for counter-narcotics operations, 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 total opium production soared 43 percent, a UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report said, citing better yields and highlighting a "worrying reversal" in efforts to combat the scourge of drugs.
LEADING OFF: Cubs, Indians to WS; Schwarber to join?
Dueling Droughts: Cubs, Indians set to meet in World Series
Fournette sets LSU record, Tigers top Ole Miss, 38-21
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 were quickly filled with cheering fans, many waiving the team's signature flag -- white with a big blue W -- standing for Wrigley Field, The Cubs' home.
AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State still has a playoff path
Crutchlow wins Australian MotoGP, Marquez crashes
Defense rests: No. 16 Oklahoma beats Texas Tech 66-59
UPSET! Penn State topples No. 2 Ohio State 24-21
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) ? The white out in the stands became the white out on the field as Penn State fans mobbed their Nittany Lions. Well after the biggest victory of the post-Joe Paterno era was over, the cries of "We Are! Penn State!" echoed underneath 56-year-old Beaver Stadium and bounced off its big rusty metal beams.