Hard-line former president of Iran won't seek re-electionTEHRAN, Iran (AP) ? An adviser to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's former hard-line president, says the politician won't seek re-election in next year's presidential vote after apparently being discouraged by the country's supreme leader.
WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people
GENEVA (AP) ? More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and other problems, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
Football: Asian congress scrapped after FIFA protest vote
An Asian football congress was scrapped after just 20 minutes on Tuesday as members rejected its agenda in protest at FIFA barring a Qatari official from elections to its powerful new council. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) delegates flew from all over the region to a luxury hotel in Goa, India to elect three new members to the FIFA Council, only for the extraordinary congress to be declared closed after just 20 minutes. The 42-1 vote against adopting the congress's agenda will be seen as a rebuke to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who was among those present at the short-lived gathering.
Over 90% of world breathing bad air: WHO
Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year. New data in a report from the UN's global health body "is enough to make all of us extremely concerned," Maria Neira, the head of the WHO's department of public health and environment, told reporters. "It is a public health emergency," she said.
'Dramatic slowing' seen in global tradeGENEVA (AP) ? The World Trade Organization is decrying a "dramatic slowing of trade growth" as it revises downward its projections, saying trade is now on track this year to grow at the slowest pace since 2009.
Factbox: Market participants react to U.S. presidential debate(Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump traded barbs and accusations on Monday in the first debate ahead of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Following is a compilation of reaction to the debate from investors, economists and financial market analysts: FACTBOX: Swing states that may determine the election: http://reut.rs/1UhE642 MORE COVERAGE: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=us-2016 JAMES ATHEY, INVESTMENT MANAGER AT ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT: "What we're seeing in markets this morning is a small, collective sigh of relief because most commentators, and the few polls that have been released, suggest Clinton won the debate. Equities have undone much of yesterday's weakness and key Trump indicators such as the Mexican peso and Canadian dollar have rallied.
Barcelona tries to keep winning form without MessiMADRID (AP) ? Neymar and Luis Suarez will lead the attack again when Barcelona visits Borussia Moenchengladbach in its first Champions League game since losing Lionel Messi to an injury.
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.
Syrian army, insurgents in fierce clashes in southwest Aleppo
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allies fought intense clashes with insurgents in the opposition-held 1070 Apartments district of southwestern Aleppo on Tuesday, senior combatant sources on both sides said. The 1070 Apartments are located next to Ramousah, the southern gateway into Aleppo. The area's capture would allow the government to ease its own access into the city while consolidating a siege on rebel-held districts. (Reporting By Angus McDowall; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)
Iraq: Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 9 civiliansBAGHDAD (AP) ? A suicide bomber blew himself up in a busy commercial area of the capital, Baghdad, killing at least nine civilians, officials said.