Islamist rebel gets 9 years imprisonment for Timbuktu destruction
By Stephanie van den Berg THE HAGUE (Reuters) - War crimes judges on Tuesday sentenced a former Islamist rebel who admitted wrecking holy shrines during Mali's 2012 conflict to nine years in prison, in the first such case to focus on destruction of cultural heritage. Human rights groups and international legal experts hope Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi's case in the International Criminal Court may serve as a deterrent to a kind of devastation that continues to be a feature of global conflicts yet has gone largely unpunished. Al-Mahdi expressed remorse for his involvement in the destruction of 10 mausoleums and religious sites in Timbuktu dating from Mali's 14th-century golden age as a trading hub and center of Sufi Islam, a branch of the religion seen as idolatrous by some hardline Muslim groups.
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US consumer confidence hits post-recession high
US consumer confidence rose in September to its highest level since the Great Recession, according to Conference Board figures released Tuesday. The Board's consumer confidence index rose to 104.1, up from 101.8 in August. "Consumers are more upbeat about the short-term employment outlook but somewhat neutral about business conditions and income prospects," Lynn Franco, the Board's head of economic indicators, said in a statement.
Trump on the defensive after combative debate with Clinton
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) ? Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto the defense by Hillary Clinton's cascade of attacks about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate.
Democrats poised to block stopgap funding bill over Flint
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Senate Democrats on Tuesday threatened to block must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down Friday at midnight, battle the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild.
FBI chief: Extreme concern about fanatics from Syria, Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Law enforcement and intelligence agencies remain extremely concerned that violent extremists will eventually flow out of Syria and Iraq and into other countries in hopes of committing attacks, FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Tuesday.
U.S. stocks firm after debate but oil a drag
By Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock prices rose on Tuesday following the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but losses in the oil market and anxiety about the fortune of Deutsche Bank limited Wall Street's advance. Oil prices gave back some of Monday's gains on fizzling hopes of an agreement among major producers to freeze output in a bid to deal with the current global oversupply. A stronger dollar in the aftermath of the first Clinton-Trump debate helped send gold prices lower.
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US consumer confidence jumps in September