WHO calls for safe routes to evacuate east Aleppo sick, woundedBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Tuesday for dozens of sick and wounded people in the embattled eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo to be evacuated through safe corridors for treatment. The Syrian military, helped by Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias and the Russian air force, launched a major campaign to take rebel-held eastern Aleppo last week, where the WHO said only 35 doctors remained to care for at least 250,000 people. "We are talking about only 35 doctors left in east Aleppo to take care of hundreds of wounded people, and the number is increasing," she said.
Syrian government mobilizes for new Aleppo ground attackPro-Syrian government forces were mobilizing on Tuesday for a ground attack in Aleppo after attacking on four fronts in their largest assault since launching a campaign to retake the whole city last week, a senior rebel official said. Separately, an Iraqi militia commander fighting in support of the government told Reuters a large army force, spearheaded by an elite unit known as the Nimr, or Tiger Forces, had started to move in armored vehicles and tanks for an attack on rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo. Government forces briefly captured Handarat from rebels on Saturday, only to lose it in a counter-attack hours later.
Long dog-gone trip: Florida pooch travels to Boston and backJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) ? A Pyrenees mix named Apollo is back home in Florida after a journey that took him to the Boston area.
South African official blames students for worker's deathJOHANNESBURG (AP) ? The death of a South African university worker who was hospitalized after a student protest has deepened tensions over unrest roiling campuses across the nation.
British court fines Merlin 5 million pounds over rollercoaster crash
A British court fined Merlin Entertainments 5 million pounds on Tuesday over a rollercoaster crash at its Alton Towers theme park in June last year that seriously injured five people. Merlin, the world's second-biggest visitor attractions group behind Walt Disney, admitted breaching health and safety rules over the accident on "The Smiler" ride at the theme park in central England. The fine was announced at Stafford Crown Court, central England.
The Latest: Trump rates Clinton debate performance a C-plus
World stocks, Mexico peso bounce as markets score one for Clinton
World shares swung higher and the Mexican peso surged more than two percent on Tuesday, as investors awarded the first U.S. presidential debate to Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump. Markets have tended to see Clinton as the candidate of the status quo, while few are sure what a Trump presidency might mean for U.S. foreign policy, international trade deals or the domestic economy. Snap polls after the debate suggested Clinton had bolstered her chances.
Associated Press buys British Movietone film archiveThe Associated Press has purchased the film archive of British Movietone, bolstering the news cooperative's collection with historic video from World War II, the Beatles' conquest of America and the romance ...
Iowa city braces for highest floodwaters since 2008 record
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) ? Residents of Cedar Rapids are watching anxiously as the quickly rising Cedar River threatens to inundate their city with devastating floodwaters for the second time in just over eight years.
Islamist rebel gets nine years imprisonment for Timbuktu destruction
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. During a brief trial at the International Criminal Court in August Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi asked for forgiveness and said he had been swept up in an "evil wave" by al Qaeda and the Ansar Dine Islamist groups that briefly seized control of the ancient sites. In June and July of 2012 "10 of the most important and well-known sites in Timbuktu were attacked and destroyed.