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U.S. serviceman who helped thwart French train attack is stabbed no terror connection seen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. airman Spencer Stone, hailed as a hero for helping to tackle a gunman on a French train in August, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related fight that had nothing to do with terrorism.

Stone, 23, was stabbed repeatedly in the upper body while out with four friends and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, authorities said. He was expected to pull through. READ

New tally in Saudi hajj disaster shows at least 1,399 killed, 630 more than official toll

The crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,399 people during the hajj pilgrimage, a new tally Thursday showed, 630 more than the kingdom's official toll. READ

NATO talks tough on Russian acts in Syria, but only pledges to aid Turkey if needed

NATO talked tough Thursday about Moscow's expanding military activity in Syria, but the U.S.-led alliance's chief response to the Russian airstrikes and cruise missile attacks was a public pledge to help reinforce the defences of member nation Turkey if necessary. READ

As Palestinian attacks, clashes continue, Israel leader warns anxious civilians to be on alert

Palestinian assailants carried out a series of stabbings across Israel on Wednesday, jolting an anxious country unnerved by weeks of unrest as clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators raged across the West Bank. READ

Afghanistan says troops hold main Kunduz square, calm returning to northern city

Afghan troops have regained control of the main square in Kunduz, a strategic northern city briefly seized by the Taliban last week, following intense fighting over the site, Kabul officials said Wednesday. READ

Obama apologizes to Doctors Without Borders, offers condolences over US attack in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at a medical clinic in Afghanistan, and said the U.S. would examine military procedures to look for better ways to prevent such incidents. READ

Guatemala declares mudslide-hit neighbourhood uninhabitable, opens investigation

Prosecutors in Guatemala said Tuesday they have opened an investigation into who allowed homes to be built in an unsafe area where a massive mudslide killed at least 161 people. READ

Despite sunny skies, South Carolina ordeal far from over after historic floods

The Carolinas saw sunshine Tuesday after days of inundation, but it could take weeks to recover from being pummeled by a historic rainstorm that caused widespread flooding and 17 deaths. READ

In blow to companies, Europe's top court says data stored on US servers not safe from spying

Facebook and thousands of other companies could find it vastly more complicated to do business in Europe after a court ruled that personal data sent to U.S. servers is potentially unsafe from government spying. READ

Good news for death-row Canadian Ronald Smith: judge rejects execution drug

A U.S. judge has rejected a request from the state of Montana to change its execution protocol for prisoners on death row. READ

Multiple car bombs on commercial streets across Iraq kill 60, wound dozens

A series of car bombings across Iraq Monday killed at least 56 people and wounded dozens as the government continued its efforts to combat extremism across the country. READ

U.S. commander: Afghans requested US airstrike that killed innocents at Kunduz hospital

Afghan forces who reported being under Taliban fire requested the U.S. airstrike that killed 22 people at a medical clinic in northern Afghanistan over the weekend, the top commander of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan said Monday, correcting an initial U.S. statement that the strike had been launched because U.S. forces were threatened. READ

Turkey vows to protect borders from infringement after Russian fighter jet violates air space

Turkey's prime minister vowed Monday to take all necessary measures to protect the nation's borders from violation after a Russian fighter jet entered its airspace over the weekend, prompting Turkey to scramble jets and summon the Russian ambassador in protest. READ

Canadian auto union slams TPP trade deal

Canadian auto workers' union Unifor predicts that 20,000 auto industry jobs could be lost as a result of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal announced today. READ

12 countries, including Canada, reach tentative Trans-Pacific trade deal

Twelve nations, including Canada, have reached a tentative deal on a massive Pacific Rim trading bloc billed as the largest-ever deal of its kind, with implications for a staggering scope of industries, workers, and for long-term international relations between countries on four continents. READ

France tells Putin that Russia must confine airstrikes in Syria to Islamic State targets

With Russian warplanes bombing Syria for a third day, French President Francois Holland told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that Moscow's airstrikes must be confined to attacking Islamic State militants, not other rebels opposing the Damascus government. READ

Vatican confirms pope met with gay former student and his partner in new twist to Davis affair

The Vatican turned the tables on the Kim Davis affair Friday: Not only did it distance Pope Francis from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple. READ

Gunman at Oregon community college was Army boot camp dropout who studied other mass shooters

The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire in a community college English class, killing nine, was an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shooters before becoming one himself. READ

Afghan government forces push into Kunduz city, forcing Taliban to retreat amid street battles

The Afghan government claimed Thursday that it had successfully retaken the northern city of Kunduz from Taliban militants who had controlled the city since Monday. READ

Donald Trump says he'd send back Syrian refugees taken in by US

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that if he's elected president he would send back Syrian refugees taken in by the U.S. because they may be Islamic State militants in disguise. READ

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