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Clinton consolidates lead over Trump

The Democratic presidential candidate is stepping up her efforts in key battleground states ahead of U.S. polls.With just over two weeks to go before Americans vote for a new president, Hillary Clinton - who has widened her lead over Donald Trump - is stepping up her efforts in key battleground states to consolidate her lead.

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French citizens killed in surveillance plane crash on Malta.

Three French defence officials and two other people died when a surveillance plane crashed shortly after take-off at Malta International Airport. The light aircraft was setting off on a mission over the Mediterranean around 07:20 (05:20 GMT) when it nose-dived and disintegrated in a ball of flames.

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France begins to clear Calais camp

More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais. Authorities say some 7,000 people live in the camp in squalid conditions. Dozens of migrants began queuing early at reception points where they will be processed and bussed to refugee centres across France.

But there is concern that some migrants will refuse to go because they still want to get to Britain, and there have been some clashes over the weekend. The UK has begun to accept some of the estimated 1,300 unaccompanied children from the camp.

Typhoon Haima makes landfall in China

Typhoon Haima has made a landfall in south China’s Guangdong Province triggering sudden downpours in several cities as authorities rushed to issue warnings against floods, landslides and other weather-related disasters.

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Donald Trump ducks election result pledge

 

Republican Donald Trump has refused to commit to accepting the election result if he loses, in the final TV debate against Hillary Clinton. He told moderator Chris Wallace that he will tell it in the time.

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Clinton and Trump face final debate in US election 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take to the stage in Las Vegas later for the final debate in an increasingly bitter race for the US presidency.

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IS uses human shields in Mosul

The US has accused Islamic State militants of using civilians as human shields as Iraqi forces move closer to the group's stronghold in Mosul. Some 700 thousand people are believed to remain in city, where up to 5,000 IS fighters face the third day of the operation to retake Mosul. News that the nearby town of Qaraqosh had been liberated was later denied by a government commander. But the US-backed coalition say they have driven IS out of 10 villages.

Fire at a hospital in India kills 20

At least 20 people have died after a fire broke out in a hospital in eastern India. Officials say the fire started in the dialysis ward of the SUM hospital, a private facility in the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha state.
Dozens of patients were taken to other medical facilities in the city. About 120 firefighters were mobilised to tackle the blaze, which was later brought under control. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "anguished" by the fire.

Melania Trump stands by Donald over sex boast tape.

Melania Trump has said obscene comments caught on videotape by her husband were unacceptable but did not represent the Donald Trump she knows. She said the Republican presidential nominee was guilty of "boy talk" but was egged on by host Billy Bush

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Iraq and Kurdish troops make gains in Mosul.


Iraqi pro-government forces have made gains at the start of a large-scale operation to retake Mosul, the last major stronghold of the so-called Islamic State in the country. Iraqi government troops and Kurdish fighters launched their push towards the city in the early hours of Monday.

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