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World News Headlines - Yahoo News
World News Headlines - Yahoo News

Islamic State holds up Iraqi army south of Mosul
By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Maher Chmaytelli QAYYARA/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters on Wednesday kept up their fierce defense of the southern approaches to Mosul which has held up Iraqi troops on the southern front and forced an elite army unit east of the city to put its more rapid advance on hold. Ten days into the offensive, Iraqi army and federal police units are trying to dislodge the militants from villages in the region of Shora, 30 km (20 miles) south of Iraq's second largest city. The frontlines in other areas have moved much closer to the edges of Mosul, the last major city under control of the militants in Iraq, who have held it since 2014.

Philippines' Duterte tells Japan his China visit was just economics, blasts U.S.
By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan on Wednesday that his high-profile visit to China last week was about economics, not security, and vowed to stand on Tokyo's side over the disputed South China Sea when the time came. Earlier in the day, Duterte reiterated his harsh words for long-time ally Washington, saying he might end defense treaties. The volatile Philippine leader's visit to Japan comes amid jitters about his foreign policy goals after weeks of verbal attacks on ally the United States and overtures toward China.

Russian fleet withdraws refuel request to Spain after NATO outcry
By Sarah White and Rodrigo De Miguel MADRID (Reuters) - Russia has withdrawn a request to refuel warships in Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, Madrid said on Wednesday, after NATO allies said their carrier battle group could be used to target civilians in Syria. Britain said earlier it had raised concerns with NATO ally Spain over its decision to allow three ships in the Russian flotilla to resupply in Ceuta on their way to the eastern Mediterranean.

Yahoo Sports
Yahoo Sports

Fantasy: 12 under-started guys who can star (Yahoo Sports)
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is a recommended QB1 play, especially if he's presented with an extended garbage-time opportunity vs. the Patriots.

NASCAR sets limits for Sprint Cup drivers (Yahoo Sports)
Drivers with five years' full-time experience in the series can only compete in 10 Xfinity races and seven Camping World Truck Series races a season.

Wilson’s fantasy value drops for rest of season (Yahoo Sports)
Scott Pianowski examines the evolving landscape at both positions in his latest Shuffle Up.

Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Wall St. lower, Apple set for worst day in six months
(Reuters) - Wall Street was lower on Wednesday morning as Apple's weak results weighed on technology stocks and oil prices fell amid worries of oversupply.

U.S. new home sales rise in September; prior month revised down
New U.S. single-family home sales unexpectedly rose in September, pointing to sustained demand for housing even as data for August was revised sharply lower. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday new home sales increased 3.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000 units last month, pulling them close to a nine-year high touched in July. August's sales pace was slashed to 575,000 units from the previously reported 609,000 units.

Apple slips as supply woes weigh on holiday sales forecast
(Reuters) - Apple Inc's smaller-than-expected margin forecast sent the company's shares down nearly 4 percent on Wednesday and raised concerns about its ability to capitalize on high demand for its bigger screen phones that bring in more money. Apple on Tuesday forecast profit margins of 38.0-38.5 percent for the current quarter, below the average analyst estimate of 38.8 percent. Strong demand for the iPhone 7 Plus, which features two cameras, caught Apple off-guard, resulting in a supply crunch that is expected to affect holiday sales.

Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

The fight for Mosul begins in 'rocket city'
ISIS did everything it could to make Q-West base unusable, but now it's the staging ground for 1,000 U.S.-led troops plus Iraqi soldiers.

Mostly children killed in Syrian airstrikes
Warplanes hit a school complex in the rebel-held province of Idlib, killing 17 people, most of them youngsters, activists say.

What a Clinton presidency means for stocks
Some of the risks associated with Trump in the White House disappear — only to be replaced by other concerns.

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