Top news: A suicide bomber dressed in an Afghan police uniform killed three NATO soldiers and at least a dozen Afghan police officers and civilians in the southeastern town of Khost on Monday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred while Afghan and NATO forces were participating in a foot patrol.
The bombing comes shortly after an altercation in Wardak Province between U.S. and Afghan troops left two Americans and three Afghans dead. The New York Times notes that while Afghan officials have characterized the clash as a misunderstanding, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force initially called the incident "a suspected insider attack." Attacks by Afghan police or soldiers (or insurgents disguised as Afghan security forces) have killed more than 50 coalition forces this year.
The violence coincided with a grim milestone in the 11-year-old war over the weekend, as U.S. military casualties hit 2,000. More than 1,000 coalition troops have also died in the conflict.
Libya: New reports in the Washington Post and the New York Times indicate that U.S. officials underestimated the security threat facing American personnel in Libya prior to the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. "They had not reinforced the U.S. diplomatic outpost there to meet strict safety standards for government buildings overseas," the Post notes. "Nor had they posted a U.S. Marine detachment, as at other diplomatic sites in high-threat regions."
- A wave of bombings across Iraq killed at least 26 people, contributing to the deadliest month in the country in more than two years.
- Bahrain's highest court upheld jail sentences for nine medics convicted of involvement in protests last year.
- An Iranian jury found Reuters guilty of spreading "false information" in a report on martial arts students.
- Georgians are voting in contentious parliamentary elections.
- Unemployment in the eurozone rose to a new high of 18.2 million in August.
- A court in Moscow postponed a Pussy Riot hearing after a band member expressed a desire to dismiss her lawyers.
- At least two supporters of the opposition candidate in Venezuela's upcoming presidential election were fatally shot during a confrontation with Hugo Chavez supporters.
- The economist Paul Romer has withdrawn from an effort to create a charter city in Honduras.
- The United States transferred the youngest inmate at the Guantanamo Bay prison to Canada.
- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike in North Waziristan killed two men.
- Bangladesh blamed Muslim Rohingyas from Myanmar for attacks on temples and homes in Buddhist areas of the country.
- A Cambodian court imprisoned the journalist Mam Sonando for inciting rebellion.
- A grenade attack on a church in Kenya's capital killed a nine-year-old boy.
- The South African government launched a judicial inquiry into deadly unrest at the Marikana mine.
- An election monitoring group in Zimbabwe suggested that Robert Mugabe's call for elections in March is not realistic.
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