A suicide bombing killed 19 people in Baghdad Sunday as an ambush halted an advance by Iraqi forces on a key northern city controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants.Baghdad has been hit by a surge in bombings over the last weeks. Most attacks have been claimed by IS militants, who are Sunni.In the northern part of the country, Iraqi forces attempted to reestablish control over the city of Baiji, which has been under siege by IS fighters.Meanwhile, Australia says it has reached agreement to allow 200 members of its special forces into Iraq to help in the fight against the Islamic State.
The US military has airdropped weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobane against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group despite its ally Turkey’s declarations opposing such a move.The airdrops on Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of US and coalition air strikes in and near Kobane, a city located near the Turkish border.Turkey rejects any arms transfers to the Kurdish fighters in Kobane despite the fact that the group has repeatedly fired mortar rounds near the Syrian-Turkish border.
A bomb exploded in the centre of the Egyptian capital Cairo late on Tuesday wounding 12 people. A police officer on the scene said the explosive device was placed near the entrance of a metro station close to the court house, apparently targeting policemen standing guard. Militants have killed scores of policemen in bombings and shootings since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last year. Police cordoned off the area, keeping journalists and a large crowd of onlookers away, as they searched for more explosives. In past attacks, militants set off several bombs in succession to target first responders after an attack
EBay said sales for 2014 won't meet its prior estimates, as the last three months of the year will be tougher than thought. EBay forecast revenue of less than $18bn for the year, sending shares in aftermarket trading down 3%. The online retailer previously expected revenue of as much as $18.3bn. Revenue for the three months ending 30 September increased 12% to $4.4bn, compared to the same period in 2013, said the firm. EBay is planning to split off its payments system PayPal into a separate company.
Mali's health minister says the West African country has started trials of an Ebola vaccine on scientific researchers. Mali has no Ebola cases but it borders Guinea, where the outbreak began. The trials in Bamako are being supervised by the vaccine research centre of the medical school of the University of Maryland in the United States. The vaccine is being developed by the British drug company GlaxoSmithKline and the US National Institute of Health. The WHO said 4 033 people died from Ebola up to 8 October out of a total of 8 399 registered cases in seven countries.