- The World Health Organization said repeated attacks in the Syrian city in the past week have left nearly 338 people dead, including over 100 children.
- Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, was recaptured in January.
- The two nuclear-armed nations accused each other of provocation amid growing tensions following India’s surgical strikes Thursday.
- Golden Week in China begins Saturday.
- Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high this year, beginning with North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January and its fifth and largest nuclear test last month.
- Nigerians might normally be celebrating their country's birthday, but this year they are using the occasion to air their grievances with the political system and failing economy.
- The holiday commemorates the founding of People's Republic of China on Oct. 1, 1949.
- A Facebook and Twitter account named "Aint Clownin Around" has threatened kidnappings and even death to students and teachers in at least five different states.
- The Rosetta space probe has made a controlled landing on the comet it has been orbiting for two years.
- Over the month of September, U.S. military and coalition forces killed 18 leaders of the terrorist group, including a high-level propaganda minister.
- A team of international researchers have captured an image of a baby star from the ALMA observatory in Chile that sheds some valuable insight on planet formation.
- The United Nations said it was "following this situation with great concern."
- While much of the attention of the Kercher murder was centered on Amanda Knox, Rudy Guede is serving time in an Italian prison.
- Defense secretary Ash Carter's remarks about United States' plans to "sharpen our military" come after a heated week in the region over the South China Sea dispute.
- India and Pakistan both have significant military arsenals and have threatened to utilize them in their growing conflict.
- Pacquiao tried "all kinds of drugs" but backs a president who has led a campaign to kill people involved with drugs.
- The $8 billion deal will send Boeing and Lockheed Martin fighter jets to Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar.
- The ex-Israeli president and Nobel laureate was laid to rest Friday in front of at least 80 world leaders at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem.
- Hindu’s Navratri festival worships the divine mother and features fasting and dancing.
- President Tayyip Erdogan has said he wants a state of emergency, imposed after a failed coup attempt in July, to be prolonged past October.
- The surface chemistry on the red planet “contributed dynamically to the makeup of its atmosphere over time,” the Curiosity rover found.
- The dual-star system is “the first gamma-ray binary in another galaxy and the most luminous one ever seen,” NASA said in a statement Thursday.