Moscow says U.S. threatens deal on Syria
Russia on Sunday accused the United States of trying to sabotage an agreement for Syrian leader Bashar Assad to surrender his chemical weapons. "Our U.S. partners are beginning to blackmail us," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the First Channel, a state-owned television network. He said the United States was threatening to "fold up the work" toward securing the chemical weapons if Russia won't back a U.N. Security Council resolution based on Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which allows the use of force against nations that threaten international peace. The United States, Britain and France have all said they favor a resolution that would put some kind of pressure on Syria, possibly military action, if it does not comply with the agreement to turn over its chemical weapons. Syria has submitted an "initial disclosure" statement of its weapons to international inspectors.
Typhoon strikes province, killing 21
The year's most powerful typhoon slammed into southern China, leaving 21 dead, local authorities said today. The storm also forced hundreds of flight cancellations, shut down shipping and train lines and blew cars off the road. The deaths occurred in Guangdong province, where Typhoon Usagi struck Sunday evening after veering away from the neighboring and densely populated financial hub of Hong Kong. It had earlier passed by Taiwan and the Philippines, where two deaths were reported.
Builders, soldiers repair highways
State highway crews and National Guard troops worked furiously Sunday to repair highways to Colorado mountain towns cut off by unprecedented flooding. Other teams were assessing how much damage needed to be repaired on Colorado's eastern plains before trucks begin hauling in the fall harvest. Quick repairs are critical because winter weather will make highway work more difficult. The catastrophic floods killed seven and wreaked havoc across 17 counties and 2,000 square miles.
Egypt: A 50-member panel tasked with amending the Islamist-drafted constitution will complete its work by early November, a spokesman said Sunday, wrapping up the first step of a military-backed road map in place since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.
Iraq: A suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt among Sunni mourners at a funeral in Baghdad on Sunday, killing 16 people and wounding 35, officials said, in the latest episode of near-daily violence.