Historic Pacific trade deal faces skeptics in U.S. Congress

ATLANTA - Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers. | Video

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Taliban fighters launch hit-and-run attacks in Afghanistan's Kunduz

KABUL - Taliban fighters on motorbikes have carried out hit-and-run attacks on Afghan forces trying to clear Kunduz city of insurgents, more than a week after the militant movement briefly seized the provincial capital.

World, Afghanistan 5:23am EDT

U.S. warns against 'egregious' restrictions in contested South China Seas

SYDNEY - Some countries appear to view freedom of the seas as "up for grabs" in the South China Sea, imposing superfluous warnings and restrictions that threaten stability, a U.S. Navy commander said on Tuesday in comments apparently aimed at China.

Eleven dead in historic South Carolina rains and flooding

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - Floodwaters from unprecedented rainfall in South Carolina have killed 11 people, closed some 550 roads and bridges and prompted hundreds of rescues of people trapped in homes and cars, officials said on Monday. | Video

Volkswagen says eight million cars in EU affected by cheat software: letter

BERLIN - Volkswagen said 8 million diesel vehicles in the European Union were fitted with software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests, according to a copy of the letter sent to German lawmakers and seen by Reuters.

Israel razes homes of Palestinian militants in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - Israeli forces destroyed the homes of two Palestinian militants and sealed off part of a third in Jerusalem on Tuesday, in a crackdown launched by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after four Israelis were killed in Palestinian attacks.

Israel, World 5:08am EDT

Oregon college shaken by massacre reopens with counselors, comfort dogs

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Students still shaken from the deadly mass shooting at an Oregon community college days ago were welcomed back to campus Monday by grief counselors, comfort dogs and words of encouragement from faculty, but classes remained canceled through the week.


Explosions hit Aden compounds of Yemen government, Gulf Arab troops

ADEN - Unidentified assailants fired missiles at an Aden hotel housing Yemeni officials and at a Gulf military base in Aden on Tuesday, a government spokesman and residents said, in the biggest attack on the government since it retook the city from Houthi foes in July.