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Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan, Killing at Least 19 People

A hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was badly damaged Saturday in what appears to have been a U.S. airstrike. At least 19 people were killed, including 12 hospital staff members, and dozens were wounded. Reportedly among the dead was the Afghan head of the hospital, Abdul Sattar.

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VIDEO: Pope Met Gay Student in Washington; Kim Davis Meeting Was Arranged by Anti-Gay Cleric

Pope Francis’ meeting with the anti-gay-marriage Kentucky county clerk was arranged by an archbishop with known anti-gay sentiments, the Vatican said, and occurred one day after the pontiff met with a gay former student and his boyfriend.

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Guns R Us: The Stats Behind America’s Firearms Industry

Of all the revolvers, rifles, pistols, shotguns and other types of firearms made in the U.S. since 2013, only 4 percent were sent abroad. The other 10,413,880 stayed home.

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Hamburg Passes Law to Seize Vacant Buildings to House Refugees

As hundreds of refugees and other migrants flow into the German city of Hamburg each day, a new law will allow for the seizure of empty commercial buildings to house the newcomers. Some have had to sleep outdoors, an increasingly precarious situation as temperatures drop.

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Saudi Arabia Protests Inclusion of LGBT Rights in U.N. Development Agenda

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals program sets a series of “ambitious targets” for the U.N.’s 193 member states, related to poverty, equality and ending climate change. Saudi Arabia is insisting the organization remove LGBT rights from the agenda, saying they are “counter to Islamic law.” 

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U.S. Economy Adds Too Few Jobs in September

Employers added a mere 142,000 jobs in September, the Labor Department announced Friday, suggesting that the U.S. economy is losing momentum after a second month of lackluster growth.

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Vatican Says Pope Francis’ Meeting With Kim Davis Was Misinterpreted

Media commenters mistakenly cast the pope’s meeting with the clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples as an endorsement of her views, the Vatican says.

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Matching Funds Would Have Made Sanders Campaign More Flush Than Clinton’s

A system of matching small donations with public funds would have transformed the financial dimensions of the current presidential race, a new report says.

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Richard Glossip Is Granted a Stay of Execution by Oklahoma’s Governor

The execution of Richard Glossip was postponed Wednesday for 37 days, thanks to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who cited questions about the state’s execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injection.

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A ‘Yelp’-Style App for Rating People Is Coming, and It’s Absolutely Terrifying

Set to launch in November, the “Peeple” app will allow you to rate everyone in your life on a scale of one to five stars—and, of course, they’ll be able to do the same to you.

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