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U.S. prepares for Mosul offensive

WASHINGTON -- The United States is sending 615 extra troops to Iraq to train local forces for an offensive on the Islamic State group stronghold of Mosul.

The additional U.S. troops will bring the total U.S. force level to 5,262, and will be based at Al-Asad Air Base and Qayyarah Air Base to provide logistics and maintenance, and help with airfield operations. Qayyarah will serve as the "strategic launch-pad" for the Mosul offensive.


Oct 2: Hungary's immigration referendum

BUDAPEST -- Hungary is holding a referendum over the European Union’s plan to set mandatory quotas for the distribution of refugees among member states.

Sep 30: One year of Russian airstrikes in Syria

MOSCOW -- One year ago on Friday President Vladimir Putin launched air strikes in Syria in support of long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad.


MH17 Investigation implicates Kremlin

NIEUWEGEIN -- The Buk missile which shot down Malaysian airlines flight MH17, killing 298 civilians, was transported into East Ukraine from Russia.

Israeli founding father Shimon Peres funeral

TEL AVIV -- World leaders have hailed the vision of the late Israeli leader, Shimon Peres, as he is laid to rest three days after he died at the age of 93.


Clinton leads Trump by 3% after TV debate

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s lead has increased to 3% over her Republican rival Donald Trump after the first presidential debate.

Islamic State in at least 11 regions worldwide

LONDON -- The latest Strategic Survey from IISS reports that so-called Islamic State IS has developed franchises in nine countries as well as Syria and Iraq.


Battery that could revolutionise renewables

GIGHA -- A wind farm on the Scottish island of Gigha is to be connected to seven giant batteries, a new class of device that could revolutionise renewable energy.

Sep 30: Rosetta ends 12-year space odyssey

SPACE -- After chasing a comet across nearly seven billion km of space, the historic Rosetta mission will end when the spacecraft gently crashlands on its surface.


Colombia signs peace deal with FARC rebels

CARTAGENA -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko have signed a deal to end Latin America's longest-running conflict.

To Oct 5: Fate of endangered species in spotlight

JOHANNESBURG -- Delegates from 183 countries are meeting with the aim of preventing endangered species from being hunted and traded into extinction.


Swing states will decide U.S. election

MIAMI -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have poll differences of less than 1.5% in five of 11 swing states, including Florida (0.8%), in the U.S. presidential election.

Natural gas pipeline from Russia to Europe

ANKARA -- Russia and Turkey plan to ink a deal to start the Turkish Stream pipeline project, bringing Russian gas to Europe via the Black Sea, bypassing Ukraine.


Oct 14: Anniversary of Battle of Hastings

HASTINGS -- The Battle of Hastings took place 950 years ago in 1066. William the Conqueror’s victory swept away Anglo-Saxon rule, bringing about a new social order.

Contenders for the UN’s top job

UNITED NATIONS -- World leaders attend the UN General Assembly next week, with the choice of the new secretary-general, to replace outgoing Ban Ki-moon, one of the chief topics.


Oct 9: Chumba and Kiplagat favourites in Chicago

CHICAGO -- 2015 winner Dickson Chumba, heads the men’s elite field at the Chicago Marathon, while in the women's race, Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat will vie to defend her title.

Oct 9-16: UCI Road World Championships

DOHA, Qatar -- The rainbow jersey, up for grabs in the Middle East for the first time, is being held slightly later in the year to avoid the scorching temperatures of late September.


Oct 13: New golf season opens for PGA Tour

NAPA, California -- The PGA Tour season starts with the Safeway Open and ends with the Tour Championship finale in Atlanta, taking in 47 events across North America.

Sep 30-Oct 2: Final lineups for 41st Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minnesota -- Ryan Moore is the final U.S. captain’s pick to face off against Europe in the famous matchplay tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Club.


Oct 2: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

CHANTILLY -- One of Europe’s most prestigious horse races moves to the historic racecourse at Chantilly while its traditional home, Longchamp, undergoes redevelopment.

Sep 29-Oct 2: Bastia hosts Rally France

BASTIA -- Bastia replaces Corte as the host town for the Rally France Tour de Corse, the rally is 20 per cent longer than last year, with more 390km of special stages.


Sep 30-Oct 2: F1 Malaysian Grand Prix

KUALA LUMPUR -- The highly technical Sepang International Circuit combines tight, twisting corners and long high-speed straights with a wide track perfect for overtaking.

Sep 30-Oct 2: English Premier League

MANCHESTER -- League leaders Manchester City, aiming for a perfect 11 wins out of 11 matches, visit second-placed Spurs - the last team to have achieved the feat in 1960-61.


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