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News Wrap: Suicide Bomber Attacks Afghan-American Patrol in Afghanistan

October 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST
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KWAME HOLMAN: A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least 14 people today, including three American troops. The attack came as the number of U.S. deaths in the Afghan war went above 2,000 during the weekend.

In the latest violence, U.S. forces were on patrol with Afghan troops in Khost when the bomber drove his motorcycle into their midst and set off explosives. The blast strewed debris across a marketplace. In addition to the Americans, 10 Afghan civilians and police were killed.

In Iraq, the government announced 365 people were killed during September, the most in more than two years. The total included 26 Iraqis who died Sunday. A wave of bombings targeted Shiite neighborhoods, from the northern city of Kirkuk to the southern town of Kut. The Iraqi affiliate of al-Qaida claimed responsibility.

Iran has restored access to Google’s e-mail service a week after the government blocked it. The initial action against Gmail was taken after an anti-Islamic video appeared on Google’s video hosting site YouTube. But the loss of service drew complaints from users, including members of the Iranian Parliament.

The people of Greece got more grim news today. They’re facing a sixth year of recession. A draft budget projected the Greek economy will shrink again in 2013 by almost 4 percent. Unemployment is set to rise another full point, to nearly 25 percent.

Meanwhile, Eurozone officials reported unemployment across the continent remained at a record high of 11.4 percent in August.

JONATHAN TODD, European Commission Spokesperson: The figures are much higher than a year ago and demonstrate the importance of putting in place effective reforms to reverse the trend in unemployment and in particular youth unemployment.

It’s clearly unacceptable that 25 million Europeans are now out of work. We have to take measures to put an end to the current crisis and to give priority to job creation.

KWAME HOLMAN: In another development, there were growing indications today that Spain could request an international bailout.

Wall Street got a rally going today, but it faded some after remarks by the chairman of the Federal Reserve. Ben Bernanke said in a speech that the economy still isn’t growing fast enough to cut into unemployment. In the end, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 78 points to close at 13,515. The Nasdaq fell more than two points to close at 3,113.

Another major auto recall is in the works. Honda announced plans to check more than 500,000 Accords in the U.S. for a defective hose that can leak fluid and catch fire. The problem affects model years 2003 through 2007 of V-6 engine cars. The Accord is the second best-selling car in the U.S., after the Toyota Camry.

White House officials have acknowledged an attempt to hack the executive mansion’s computer system. The Associated Press reported today the recent effort targeted an unclassified network, but the officials said the attack was spotted and stopped. There was no word on who was behind the attempt.

A founder and leader of modern ecology, Dr. Barry Commoner, died Sunday. His work on radioactive fallout helped lead to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963. He also was a prominent figure in the first Earth Day in 1970, and even ran for president in 1980. Barry Commoner was 95 years old.

And New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger died Saturday. He led the paper for 30 years, and in 1971 made the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, a classified history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger was 86 years old.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.