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Afghan forces called for air strike in Kunduz: U.S. general

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces asked for U.S. air support while fighting the Taliban in Kunduz shortly before an air strike resulted in the deaths of civilians there, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday.

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Ukraine starts pull-back of tanks, light artillery in east: military

KIEV - Ukraine has started withdrawing tanks and light artillery from the frontline in the eastern region of Luhansk in line with an agreement with Russian-backed separatists, Kiev's military said on Monday.

Russia, 11:01am EDT

EU states might get case-by-case budget relief on refugee crisis costs - EU officials

LUXEMBOURG - European Union countries might be allowed to exclude costs of the refugee crisis from budget deficit calculations on a case-by-case basis, EU officials said, as Austria pushed for its spending on refugees to be exempt.

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Gunmen attack targets in Kabul, no word on casualties: security source

KABUL - Two gunmen attacked the house of a tribal elder in Kabul and an adjacent building belonging to a former governor of the southern Helmand province, a security source said on Monday.

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Islamic State militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

DAMASCUS - The United Nations cultural organization condemned the latest destruction by Islamic State of ancient monuments in Syria's 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, saying it showed they were terrified of history.

United Nations, Syria 11:57am EDT

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

KABUL - Police and residents said on Monday that Afghan forces had regained control of most of the besieged city of Kunduz, and some shops in the center of the provincial capital opened for the first time since it fell to Taliban fighters a week ago. | Video

Afghanistan 10:24am EDT

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