• Kunduz chief of police, Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh, left, talks to U.S. and Afghan special forces in Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. An Afghan official says government forces have retaken the strategic northern city of Kunduz (KUHN'-dooz), which was seized by the Taliban on Monday. The spokesman says it could take some days to "clear the city," but that Taliban forces have retreated. He says about 200 Taliban fighters have been killed. (AP Photo)

    The Latest: Afghan troops push to retake city from Taliban

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The latest developments as the Afghan government announced it has retaken control of the northern city of Kunduz, which was captured by the Taliban earlier this week (all times local).

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks next to Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a news conference at the U.N., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Europe, US split over form of Syria talks

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine nations or five? In speeches at this year’s U.N. gathering of world leaders, major powers are increasing calls for multilateral negotiations to end the war in Syria. But Europe and the United States are split on who should be at the table.

  • A migrant child stands on a muddy road near the border line between Serbia and Croatia, near the village of Berkasovo, about 100 km west from Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Refugees from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Eritrea are used to warm climate without sudden weather changes. The majority now passing through the Balkans started their months-long journeys in the summer, unaware it would take so long to reach Western Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    First wave of cold weather hits migrants hard in Balkans

    BERKASOVO, Serbia (AP) — Afghan asylum-seeker Asina Ansari stood ankle-deep in mud on the border between Serbia and Croatia, clutching her feverish and shivering 2-year-old son Mohtar in a blanket.

  • Astana players celebrate their goal against Astana during the Champions League group C soccer match between Astana and Galatasaray in Astana, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexey Filippov)

    Astana salvages draw with Galatasaray in Champions League

    ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Kazakhstan’s FC Astana earned its first ever point in the Champions League with a 2-2 draw against Galatasaray on Wednesday in a match that featured three own goals.

  • In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 file photo, a pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks are rising in early trading Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015,  following big gains in Asia and Europe as major indexes head toward their worst quarterly close in four years. (AP Photo/Jin Lee, File)

    US stocks rise sharply following big gains in Europe, Asia

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose across the board Wednesday following big gains in Asia and Europe, a buoyant end to the worst quarter for the market in four years.

  • Becker upsets Chardy at Malaysian Open

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Benjamin Becker qualified for his first ATP Tour quarterfinals of the season after beating Jeremy Chardy 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 in the second round of Malaysian Open on Wednesday.

  • Jiri Vesely through to Shenzhen Open quarterfinals

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Sixth-seeded Jiri Vesely advanced to the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open by beating Zhizhen Zhang of China 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday.

  • A view of a residential building partially collapsed by what police are describing as explosive devices delivered in mail packages in Liucheng county in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Wednesday Sept. 30, 2015. A 33-year-old local resident was identified as a suspect after a series of explosions targeting public buildings in a small city in southern China killed several people and injured dozens on Wednesday, officials and state media said.(Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

    Explosions kill 6, injure dozens in southern China city

    BEIJING (AP) — An explosion damaged a six-story building Thursday in southern China, less than a day after more than a dozen blasts triggered by explosive devices delivered in mail packages killed at least seven people and injured over 50 in the same county in southern China, officials and state media said.

  • One of the men accused in the 2006 Mumbai train bombings is escorted by policemen from a prison to a court in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. An Indian court has sentenced five suspected Islamic militants to death and given seven others life in prison for bombing attacks nine years ago on seven Mumbai commuter trains that killed 188 people and wounded more than 800. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    Court gives death to 5 for 2006 Mumbai train bombings

    NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Wednesday sentenced five suspected Islamic militants to death and gave seven others life in prison for bombing attacks nine years ago on seven Mumbai commuter trains that killed 188 people and wounded more than 800.

  • Top seed Beck reaches Tashkent Open quarterfinals

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Top-seeded Annika Beck of Germany reached the quarterfinals of the Tashkent Open on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jana Cepelova of Slovakia.