Koch brothers, other 2016 mega donors warm to Carly Fiorina

NEW YORK - Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidential campaign.

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Residents say Afghan forces regain most of Kunduz, some shops reopen

KABUL - Police and residents said Afghan government forces had regained control of most of the besieged city of Kunduz on Monday, and some shops in the center of the provincial capital opened for the first time since it fell to Taliban fighters a week ago.Residents said it was the first time in eight days that they had not heard gun battles and were able to leave their homes to buy food and take stock of the damage done.

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Assad says Russian air campaign vital to save Middle East

BEIRUT/AMMAN - President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction, a day after Moscow said it would step up air strikes against Islamic State targets across Syria. | Video

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Legal troubles, market realities threaten Uber's global push

PARIS/SINGAPORE - Uber Inc's aggressive global expansion is looking costlier and riskier than ever as the company struggles with regulatory and competitive obstacles in major markets.

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Pope opens synod; calls for welcoming Church but no gay marriage

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday reaffirmed Catholic opposition to gay marriage as he opened a three-week gathering of bishops from around the world but said the Church had to show love and understanding towards all. | Video

Ivory Coast seeks to save forests from illegal cocoa boom

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Debris appears to belong to cargo ship missing in Bahamas

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Search-and-rescue teams on Sunday located debris appearing to belong to the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin with 33 mostly American crew members aboard more than three days ago, the U.S. Coast Guard and the ship's owner said. | Video


U.S. enforcement of Iran arms embargo slipped during nuclear talks: sources

WASHINGTON - Addressing concerns that a landmark nuclear deal reached this year could boost Iran's military power, the Obama administration reassured critics that it would maintain and enforce its remaining tough sanctions against the country.