Australia Ready to End Afghanistan Military Commitment

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_537001b1f6.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (SYDNEY) -- For all intents and purposes, Australia's military contribution to the Afghanistan war is over. Prime Minister Tony Abbott made that declaration during a surprise visit last Monday to Australian troops stationed at Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province. Abbot told his soldiers, "Australia’s longest war is ending -- not with victory, not with defeat, but with, we hope, an Afghanistan that is better for our presence here."

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Egypt's Kung Fu Champ Waylaid by T-Shirt

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_2c241894d2.jpgIbrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (CAIRO) -- Mohamed Youssef is in trouble for wearing a shirt that showed support for ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. What makes the story all the more interesting is that Youssef is the country's kung fu champion and because of his silent protest after winning an international championship in Russia, he's been indefinitely suspended from further competition.

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Syrian Deputy PM Fired for Meeting US Diplomat

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_4e9acefcb1.jpgALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil met with U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford and appears to have now lost his job because the meeting was unauthorized by the Assad regime. A U.S. official confirms to ABC News that Jamil and Ford met on Saturday in Geneva to discuss  talks for a negotiated settlement of Syria’s two and half year civil war that have come to be referred to as “Geneva 2.” 

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Polio Outbreak in Syria Sickens Children, Babies

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_75afed704c.jpgCGinspiration/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- A once-eradicated virus has sickened at least 10 children and babies in war-torn Syria, according to United Nations officials tracking the outbreak. Reports of acute flaccid paralysis -- a telltale sign of polio -- began to surface earlier this month in the country's heavily contested Deir Al Zour province.

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Tiananmen Square Crash Poses Questions for Officials

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_0091997b11.jpgSTR/AFP/Getty Images (BEIJING) -- Chinese officials are investigating the car crash that killed five people on Monday in Tiananmen Square. Authorities are looking into whether there is a link to Xinjiang province and trying to determine whether the incident was an accident or premeditated attack. Meanwhile, censors moved quickly to remove images taken in the immediate aftermath of the crash from Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter.

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