Washington, D.C.

Medal of Honor to go to ex-Army captain

President Obama will award the nation's highest military honor to Florent Groberg, a former Army captain who tackled a suicide bomber to protect a group of senior officers in eastern Afghanistan. Groberg, 32, will receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on Nov. 12. He will be the 10th living recipient honored for actions in Afghanistan. A naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in France, Groberg was treated at Walter Reed Medical Center until this May, undergoing 33 surgeries on his leg. He retired from the Army in July.


Typhoon leaves two dead, 16,000 displaced

Slow-moving Typhoon Koppu weakened after blowing ashore with fierce winds in the northeastern Philippines on Sunday, leaving at least two people dead, displacing 16,000 villagers and knocking out power in entire provinces. Army troops and police were deployed to rescue residents trapped in flooded villages in the hard-hit provinces of Aurora, where the typhoon made landfall early Sunday, and Nueva Ecija, a nearby rice-growing province where floodwaters swamped rice farmlands at harvest time.

Great Britain

Big Ben to fall silent while under repair

Big Ben's bongs may fall silent for months or even years as urgent repairs are carried out. Two of Britain's largest newspapers reported Sunday that Parliament's massive clock and the tower that supports it need as much as 40 million pounds ($61.7 million) in repairs — work that will silence the famous bell. The Sunday Times, citing a Westminster source, says the clock is so dilapidated it may grind to a halt. The Mail on Sunday suggested the clock's hands could fall off without urgent action.


Deutsche Bank to split investment bank

Deutsche Bank says it will split its investment bank in two and overhaul its top management as the lender, Germany's largest, tried to overcome legal problems and address criticism that it was inefficient. As part of the reorganization, approved by the bank's supervisory board, several high-profile executives will leave, including two who were criticized for their handling of accusations that Deutsche Bank colluded with other banks to rig benchmark interest rates.


Attack at bus station kills 1, injures 9

A man armed with a handgun and a knife attacked travelers in a crowded bus station in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, leaving one person dead and nine others injured, as violence continued to roil the region. According to police, the assailant entered the closed and guarded complex that houses the city's central bus station as well as shops and restaurants, and fatally shot a soldier. Grabbing the automatic rifle from his victim, the assailant continued the shooting rampage with both weapons, injuring both civilians and policemen. The attacker eventually was also killed.

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