Iraq

Oil refinery recaptured by Iraq forces

Iraqi forces and Shiite militias said that they had retaken the oil refinery at Beiji from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in significant progress against the extremist group after months of stalled efforts. The refinery has been severely damaged, but Iraqi officials said its capture is strategically important, and a vital lift to morale, in the campaign against ISIL.

Philippines

Typhoon takes aim at provinces in east, north

Eastern and northern provinces in the main island of Luzon were placed under a storm alert and fishermen were warned not to venture into seas as a slow-moving Typhoon Koppu may trigger flooding and landslides. Koppu was east of Manila and moving with maximum winds of 110 knots.

Turkey

Unidentified drone shot down near Syria

Turkish jets shot down an unidentified drone that flew into Turkey's airspace at the border with Syria while Syrian troops under Russian air cover were pressing their offensive against rebels in central and northern Syria. A U.S. official said the drone was Russian, but Moscow strongly denied ownership. The drone was shot down after it ignored three warnings to leave.

Britain

Uber wins right to operate in London

Ride-hailing app Uber is lawful and can operate on the streets of London, Britain's High Court ruled in a setback for angry drivers of the city's iconic black cabs. The court said that the popular app did not function like a regular taxi meter, as Uber's opponents have argued. Such meters are illegal if used in private cars.

Washington, D.C.

Transportation bill lacks link to cash

The U.S. House proposed to spend $325 billion on transportation over the next six years, launching a plan that came with an enormous caveat. The bill from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure spells out how money should be spent, but it's up to the Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to come up with the cash.

U.S. cybercrime official will work in Malaysia

The Justice Department is broadening its overseas efforts against cybercrime, for the first time stationing a legal adviser in Malaysia to help ensure Southeast Asian countries have the laws and tools to fight hackers. The position is intended to shore up international partnerships against a type of crime that's without geographic borders and is often carried out by overseas hackers.

Colorado

Trump succeeds in limiting debate to 2 hours

The next Republican debate, set for Oct. 28 in Boulder, will last two hours. Some candidates, notably Donald Trump, had been adamant that the debate not go on without a fixed time limit. The last Republican debate, Sept. 16 in Simi Valley, Calif., lasted more than three hours. Trump also wanted opening and closing statements, which apparently will not be included.

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