No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Afghan troops push into city of Kunduz, Taliban in retreat

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan government forces pushed overnight into the strategic northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban earlier this week, forcing the insurgents to retreat amid heavy street battles that were still underway Thursday.

  • Written by LYNNE O'DONNELL, Associated Press

Red Cross: Wounded trapped in C. African Republic capital

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Aid officials pleaded for access to the neighborhoods of Central African Republic's treacherous capital on Wednesday, saying that sectarian clashes between rivaling Christian and Muslim militias make it too dangerous to help the wounded and to recover bodies.

  • Written by HIPPOLYTE MARBOUA, Associated Press KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press

Oklahoma delays execution; drug didn't match protocols

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin postponed at the last minute Wednesday the execution of an inmate who claims he's innocent, after prison officials said one of the three drugs they had received to carry out the lethal injection didn't match state guidelines.

  • Written by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

President Abbas raises Palestinian flag for first time at UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at the United Nations for the first time on Wednesday with a promise that it will be raised soon in Jerusalem, "the capital of our Palestinian state."

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press