NATO fears Russian battle group to be used against Aleppo civiliansA Russian naval battle group 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. "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.
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. Defence 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.
Suspected extremists attack African Union base in SomaliaMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber hit an African Union army base in central Somalia Tuesday.
Iran official: Gay Utah senator watched during recent tripTEHRAN, Iran (AP) ? Iran's intelligence minister is defending his agents' handling of a visit by a gay Utah state senator after hard-liners alleged it represented a security breach.
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Suicide truck bomb rams African troop base in Somalia
Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group rammed a suicide truck bomb into a military base of African AMISOM peacekeeping troops on Tuesday in the area of Beledweyne town, north of the capital, the militant group and a police officer said. "A mujahid (fighter) driving a heavily loaded truck bomb rammed the Djibouti base in Baladweyne," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab?s military operations spokesman, said, echoing comments made by a local police officer. Djibouti has a contingent of troops with AMISOM.
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England's 'most haunted village' gears up for Halloween
With Halloween in the air, ghouls are set to emerge from the shadows in the quiet streets of Pluckley, reputedly the most haunted village in England. The village generally would rather Halloween did not happen," Chris Housman, chairman of Pluckley Parish Council, told AFP. Nestled by the chalk hills of Kent in southeast England, Pluckley is a tranquil village of some 800 souls that was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book, Britain's earliest public record.
World Stocks, commodities climb as economic confidence lifts
By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - World markets had a swagger about them on Tuesday as upbeat economic data and signs of a revival in inflation pushed up stocks and commodity prices and kept the dollar at a nine-month high. Factory surveys in the United States and Europe had boasted the best readings of the year so far on Monday and a six-month high for Japanese stocks in Tokyo [.T] overnight had followed a record close for the tech-heavy U.S. Nasdaq.