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US blames Russia after UN aid convoy targeted by airstrike: A UN aid convoy delivering food relief to a rebel-held area near Aleppo was targeted in an airstrike, as a week-old ceasefire brokered by Russia and the US collapsed with a new surge of Syrian government bombing. The US said it blamed Russia for the attack on the convoy, whether or not Russian planes were involved, arguing Moscow was responsible under the ceasefire agreement for reining in Bashar al-Assad’s government forces. The attack on the convoy, made up of Syrian Red Crescent trucks carrying UN-supplied food, was reported to have killed at least 12 people and destroyed 18 trucks laden with food intended for tens of thousands of people cut off by the war in a rural area west of Aleppo city.

The New York Times

A Frenzied Search Ends in a Gun Battle With Police: The man who the police said sowed terror across two states, setting off bombs in Manhattan and on the Jersey Shore and touching off a furious manhunt, was tracked down on Monday morning sleeping in the dank doorway of a neighborhood bar and taken into custody after being wounded in a gun battle with officers. The frenzied end came on a rain-soaked street in Linden, N.J., four hours after the police issued an unprecedented cellphone alert to millions of people in the area telling them to be on the lookout for Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, who was described as “armed and dangerous.” Even as the remarkably swift arrest eased fears across the region, investigators were still in the earliest stages of trying to determine what provoked the attacks, why a street in Chelsea was one of the targets and whether the bomber was aided by others.

The Economist

Vladimir Putin’s party wins again: MARINA, a middle-aged Muscovite with dark hair and piercing eyes, is unhappy—about rising prices, rampant corruption and even Russia’s confrontation with the West. But she is not ready for a change of course. “People are unsatisfied, but we’re afraid of change,” she declares. “Gorbachev had some nice ideas, but see how that turned out? I don’t want Russia to be destroyed.” So it comes as no surprise that Marina, and most of her compatriots, voted for more of the same when they took to the polls on September 18th for elections to the Duma, the national parliament. The results were never in question. The ruling United Russia party of President Vladimir Putin secured more than three-quarters of the Duma’s 450 seats.

Financial Times

US issues guidelines for self-driving cars: The US government will issue its first formal guidelines for self-driving cars this week, marking a major step for a technology that has been hampered by uncertainty and patchwork regulation.Bottom of Form The White House said on Monday that autonomous vehicles could make transportation “safer, cleaner, more accessible and more efficient”, and reaffirmed its support for the industry. The new rules are focused on safety, and include a 15-point assessment that carmakers will be asked to complete before putting their driverless cars on public roads. President Barack Obama has made his support for driverless vehicles a key part of his tech agenda, promising this year to set aside $4bn from the 2017 budget for the development of autonomous driving and vehicle safety technology over 10 years.


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